KINGSTON, R.I. - Loyola (Md.) got a game-tying 3-pointer from Robert Olson with five seconds left in regulation and then went on to a 58-54 overtime victory over Rhode Island in a Hall of Fame Tip-off game Friday night.
Olson, who finished with 20 points, put the Greyhounds ahead to stay with a layup with 1:57 remaining in overtime, and Loyola, the defending MAAC champion, then survived poor foul shooting down the stretch to increase its record to 5-1. Olson added another basket in the final minute.
Rhode Island, in its first season under new coach Dan Hurley, fell to 0-5 for the second straight season.
Erik Etherly added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Greyhounds.
Nikola Malesevic, suspended from the previous game for a violation of team rules, came off the bench to lead URI with 16 points, and freshman Jordan Hare posted eight points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks. Xavier Munford had 14 points, including a 3-pointer that opened the scoring in overtime.
NOTES: The Greyhounds were just 8-for-18 from the foul line but turned the ball over just six times. ... The teams combined to go just 8-for-42 from 3-point range. ... Loyola was coming off winning the two-game Springfield Division of the tournament, thus earning the Dave Gavitt Trophy. ... The teams already have a common opponent, with Loyola beating Norfolk State and Rhode Island losing to the Spartans. ... URI is at Auburn Saturday, while Loyola has two Baltimore intra-city games ahead: home against Towson Monday and at Coppin State Wednesday. ... Rhode Island came in 17th in the nation in fewest turnovers (9.8 per), a marked improvement over last year, when the Rams finished 247th in the country. ... These schools met for only the third time, with Friday marking the first meeting since 1989.