Loyola (Md) beats Iona 87-81

Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly scored 22 points apiece to pace

Loyola (Md.) in an 87-81 win over Iona on Friday night, a victory

that pushed the Greyhounds past the Gaels for the top spot in the

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Justin Drummond added 17 points and Robert Olson 13 for the

Greyhounds (19-5, 12-2), who have won seven straight games on their

run to the lone spot atop the conference. They avenged a loss at

Iona on Jan. 15.

The Greyhounds opened the game on a 19-10 run and put together

an 18-6 run at one juncture of the first half to take a 17-point

lead into the locker room. They held on despite being outscored

51-40 by the Gaels in the second half.

Michael Glover also scored 22 points to lead Iona (19-6, 11-3),

which had its four-game winning streak snapped.