FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Florida Gulf Coast University won its fifth straight home game and avenged a loss last year to Loyola (Md.) with a 65-50 victory on Saturday night in Alico Arena. The Eagles (6-3) came out strong in the second half, building their eight-point halftime margin to 16 with 15:51 left, and kept their advantage in double digits the rest of the way. Sherwood Brown led Florida Gulf Coast with 14 points and Bernard Thompson scored 13. Loyola (7-2), which defeated the Eagles 77-74 last November and reached the NCAA tournament in March, had won six in a row after losing to Washington in its second game of the season. The Greyhounds could never get going. They made only 1 of 17 3-pointers and were 20 of 60 (33 percent) from the field. Loyola also had 17 turnovers and was outscored 20-0 on fast-break points. Jordan Latham led Loyola with 17 points. Dylon Cormier just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds but struggled with his shooting, making just 4 of 12 from the floor. Florida Gulf Coast never trailed in the first half and led by as many as nine points before going to the locker room with a 34-26 lead. Brown had 10 points at halftime to pace the Eagles. Cold shooting also plagued Loyola in the opening 20 minutes. The Greyhounds were just 11 of 35 from the field and 1 of 11 from 3-point range. Latham accounted for nearly half of the Greyhounds' points in the first half, with 14 on 7-of-9 shooting. Cormier, who was coming off a career-high 27 points in a win over Coppin State on Wednesday, was held to six Saturday. The Greyhounds played without Erik Etherly, their second-leading scorer who has a shoulder injury and missed his third straight game. Florida Gulf Coast hits the road for a test on Tuesday night at Iowa State. Loyola returns home to face Niagara on Wednesday night.
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