Loyola (Md.) overcame a cold shooting spell to start the second half and defeated visiting Fairfield 59-52 Saturday night behind 20 points from senior guard Dylon Cormier.
Cormier was the only Greyhound who scored in double figures. The next highest was eight points by junior guard R.J. Williams, including a 6-for-6 performance at the free throw line.
Loyola, playing its home opener, started the second half missing its first 13 field goal attempts. Fairfield took advantage of the Greyhounds' cold shooting by going on a 10-1 run to take its first lead of the game, 37-36, with 11:49 remaining in the game.
Cormier broke the cold spell with a basket following an offensive rebound with 8:51 remaining to put Loyola ahead 38-37.
The Greyhounds (3-0) went on a 12-3 run to separate themselves from Fairfield late in the game. A Jarred Jones layup capped the run to give Loyola a 52-44 lead with 1:15 remaining.
Fairfield (1-1) struggled from the free-throw line (making 3-of-13 attempts) and were beset by 20 turnovers. The Stags were led by freshman guard Doug Chappell, who finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Fairfield's Coleman Johnson, a sophomore forward, finished with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Loyola and Fairfield were Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes in past years. Loyola moved to the Patriot League this season. They have an arrangement to play each other in the next four years.