ALBANY, N.Y. -- Junior guard Dylon Cormier scored a game-high 24 points and senior guard Robert Olson ignited two decisive runs, helping Loyola-Maryland beat Siena 80-57 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Saturday at Times Union Center.
Olson finished with 20 points and Cormier added five steals and four rebounds for Loyola-Maryland (19-9, 11-5 MAAC), which moved within a half-game of first-place Niagara. Senior forward Erik Etherly added 11 points and senior forward Julius Brooks had 10 for the Greyhounds, who have won four of five.
Sophomore forward Trenity Burdine scored 12 points to lead Siena (6-21, 4-12), which has lost five in a row. Senior forward O.D. Anosike had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
Loyola maintained a slim lead before staging a 20-3 run highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Olson. The Greyhounds led by as many as 19 points, but Siena clawed back into the game, cutting Loyola's lead to 37-29 at the break.
The Saints cut the deficit to six early in the second half, but the Greyhounds pulled away again, mounting a 15-0 run to go up 52-31 with 14:14 to play. Olson sparked the run, scoring seven consecutive points in a span of 1:05.