The Tigers (3-3) were led by freshman guard Jerome Hairston’s 13 points and six rebounds. Hairston, who scored 11 second half points, ranks fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in freshmen scoring at 9.2 points per game.
The Greyhounds (6-1), who won their fifth straight game, were led by junior Dylon Cormier’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Senior Robert Olson netted 15 points on five of nine shooting from three-point range. Olson missed all eight shots he took inside the arc.
Loyola, which returned four starters off its 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship team, used its experience to stymie the Tigers offensive attack, which entered the game as the highest scoring offense in the CAA (70.0 ppg). The Greyhounds held the Tigers to just 32.1 percent shooting from the field and 16.7 percent shooting from three-point range.
Towson scored the first four points of the game, but after a three from Olson and a lay-up by Julius Brooks, Loyola would never relinquish its lead.
The Tigers trailed 24-18 at the 4:54 mark of the first half after a Kris Walden acrobatic lay-up, but the Greyhounds scored the next six points and would go into halftime with a 36-26 lead.
Much like the first half, Towson scored the first four points of the second period to cut Loyola’s lead to 36-30 less than two minutes into the stanza. The Greyhounds would score 20 of the next 29 points though to take their largest lead of the game at 56-39 with just over seven minutes to play.
Hairston scored nine of Towson’s final 11 points to cut the deficit to as few as 10 in the final four minutes, but the Tigers could not get back to within single digits the rest of the way.
Graduate student Bilal Dixon posted six of his eight points in the first half and also grabbed a team-high tying six rebounds. Juniors Jerrelle Benimon and Marcus Damas each tallied seven points with Damas also pulling down six boards.
Towson will play another local rival on the road Saturday as the Tigers make the short trip to the RAC Arena in Baltimore to take on UMBC at 7 p.m.