Loyola-Maryland guard Dylon Cormier scored a game-high 31 points to lead the visiting Greyhounds to a 79-74 victory over Binghamton in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.
Cormier, who was 8 of 12 from the free throw line, made two foul shots with 31.2 seconds left to give the Greyhounds a 77-74 lead. Binghamton guard Robert Mansell missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining and Loyola guard Denzel Brito grabbed the rebound.
Brito, who was immediately fouled by Binghamton guard Rayner Moquete, converted two free throw to clinch the victory with two seconds remaining.
Binghamton, of the America East Conference, and Loyola, of the Patriot League, traded the lead 10 times and were tied seven times in a closely played second half.
Sophomore guard Jordan Reed finished with 24 points and nine rebounds but fouled out with 3:33 remaining and the Bearcats ahead 70-69. Teammate Nick Madray added 22 points.
Sophomore guard Jarred Jones scored 22 points for Loyola.
Reed had 16 points and seven rebounds in the first half to keep the Bearcats in the game after they trailed by as many as nine points.
Cormier, who had eight points by the half, hit a 3-pointer with 1:30 left to increase the Greyhounds' lead to 37-31. Binghamton seized momentum before intermission behind Marlon Beck's two free throws and a 3-pointer that trimmed the lead to 37-36 at the half.