Saint Peter's (6-7) at Loyola-Maryland (10-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 6, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reitz Arena (2,100) -- Baltimore, Maryland. Television: None. Home Record: Saint Peter's 3-4, Loyola-MD 5-2. Away Record: Saint Peter's 3-2, Loyola-MD 2-3. Neutral Record: Saint Peter's 0-1, Loyola-MD 3-0. Conference Record: Saint Peter's 1-2, Loyola-MD 2-1. Series Record: Saint Peter�s leads, 42-35.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference get together for the second time this season as the Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds host the Saint Peter's Peacocks at Reitz Arena.
The visitors began the season with three straight wins, but since then have won just three more times over the course of 10 games, alternating wins and losses through the last seven outings. On Friday night the Peacocks hosted Manhattan and suffered a 55-53 setback as the squad's late comeback attempt fell short.
As for the Greyhounds, who are playing the middle game of a three-game homestand today, they managed to come out on top in their Friday night battle with Rider, 71-65, snapping a two-game slide in the process. With the victory Loyola is also tied with Canisius for the best overall record among MACC squads at 10-5.
The Peacocks own a 42-35 advantage in the all-time series between the squads, although it was Loyola that registered the 61-55 win in the first meeting of the season last month, as Anthony Winbush posted 16 points and cleared eight rebounds for the visitors. Desi Washington was the top scorer for Saint Peter's with 18 points before fouling out.
The Peacocks led by as many as six points in the second half, but the team ended up shooting a feeble 9-of-20 at the free-throw line in the period, allowing Manhattan to slip by in the two-point final. Washington was the lone double-digit scorer for the hosts with 15 points, hitting just 5-of-17 shots from the floor for a team that didn't go to the free-throw line even once in the first half and failed to capitalize enough on the 17 turnovers it forced. Playing more than 35 minutes per game, Washington is generating a team-best 16.1 ppg, but he has done so with just 39.8 percent shooting from the floor. While Washington has knocked down an impressive 88.6 percent at the charity stripe, others have struggled, as the team has converted just 59.1 percent over 13 games.
Dylon Cormier scored 21 points, cleared seven rebounds and handed out six assists as he helped lead the Greyhounds to the six-point win over the Rider Broncs in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Reitz Arena two nights ago. Also scoring 21 points for the Greyhounds was Erik Etherly who pulled down a game-high eight boards, followed by Robert Olson and Anthony Winbush who both chipped in with 10 points in the victory. For a team that is scoring just 64.9 ppg at the moment, a lot of pressure is being put on Cormier (17.6 ppg) and Etherly (14.9 ppg) to carry the squad. Cormier is also first with 39 assists and 29 steals, adding 5.0 rpg.
As long as the Greyhounds can get Cormier going early, this is another game that should end up in their win column on Sunday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola-Maryland 65, Saint Peter's 57
01/06 10:31:01 ET