Rider 64, Loyola-Maryland 57

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Senior guard Jonathon Thompson and freshman forward Derrick Stewart led a second-half surge as Rider rallied to beat Loyola-Maryland 64-57 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Sunday at Alumni Gymnasium.
Thompson and Stewart scored 23 points apiece, combining to make 16 of 22 shots from the field for the Broncs (9-9, 4-2 MAAC), who have won three in a row since ending a five-game losing streak. Stewart also grabbed eight rebounds and Thompson had five.
Senior guard Robert Olson scored 25 points for the Greyhounds (12-6, 4-2), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
The first half featured seven ties and four lead changes. Neither team led by more than four points. The Greyhounds had a 31-27 advantage at the break.
Loyola went up 34-29 with 18:02 remaining in the second half, but the Broncs battled back. Thompson drained a 3-pointer and made two layups to fuel a 9-0 run that put Rider up 38-34 with 15:20 to go. The Greyhounds cut the deficit to two on a couple of occasions, but the Broncs pulled away with another 9-0 run that put them up 49-40 with 7:31 to play.