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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dylon Cormier scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and Loyola defeated Niagara 86-73 in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday night.

The Greyhounds (22-8) outscored Niagara 44-22 in the paint, including 22-8 in the second half.

Loyola shot 69.2 percent from the field (18 of 26) and outscored the Purple Eagles 49-36 in the second half.

Tied at 37 at halftime, Loyola opened the final 20 minutes on a 19-14 run to take the lead for good. Justin Drummond’s dunk put the Greyhounds on top 48-41 with 16:38 to play.

Erik Etherly added 21 points and Shane Walker had 13 points and 12 rebounds for second-seeded Loyola, which plays in the semifinals Sunday.

Juan’ya Green led seventh-seeded Niagara (14-19) with 22 points. Malcolm Lemmons and Antoine Mason added 11 points apiece for the Purple Eagles.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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