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Loyola-Maryland 68, Canisius 64

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BALTIMORE -- Senior guard Robert Olson scored 18 points, helping Loyola-Maryland move within one game of first-place Niagara in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 68-64 victory over Canisius on Thursday night at Reitz Arena.

Junior guard Dylon Cormier scored 17 points and senior forward Julius Brooks added 13 for the Greyhounds (18-9, 10-5 MAAC), who rebounded from Sunday's loss to Marist.

Junior center Jordan Heath had 15 points and eight rebounds, and junior forward Chris Hamhertz posted 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Griffins (16-10, 9-6).

Loyola led 37-32 at the break after the Greyhounds shot 53.6 percent from the field while holding the Golden Griffins to 38.5 percent.

The teams traded leads early until Erik Etherly made a layup to give the Greyhounds a 22-21 advantage with 9:01 remaining, sparking a 10-1 run that put his team ahead 30-22.

Canisius rallied to take a 31-30 lead, but Loyola answered with a 7-1 run to close the half.

Loyola maintained a comfortable lead through much of the second half. Billy Baron made a 3-pointer to cut Loyola's lead to 66-64 with 48 seconds to play, but the Greyhounds held on for the victory.
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