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Loyola tops Kent State in CIT second round

By: Pat Terwedo

While Anthony Winbush only put up modest numbers compared to teammate Erik Etherly, who scored 27 points, he was able to lock down Kent State's Chris Davis, a legitimate NBA prospect, holding him to only 2-for-11 shooting from the field.

While Anthony Winbush only put up modest numbers compared to teammate Erik Etherly, who scored 27 points, he was able to lock down Kent State’s Chris Davis, a legitimate NBA prospect, holding him to only 2-for-11 shooting from the field.

Erik Etherly clearly isn’t ready for his college career to end; the Loyola forward scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his third triple double of the season. The Greyhounds never trailed as they cruised past Kent State 73-59.

“It was a good effort, Kent State has 21 wins…they played really tough,” head coach Jimmy Patsos.

The Hounds got off to a fast start in the first half, opening up a 13-4 lead on the Golden Flashes. Etherly and Dylon Cormier each scored 12 points in the first half. Cormier came off the bench for the first time this season for an unspecified reason and scored 18 points. Kent State struggled to find their offense early on and was unable to stop the Hounds but was able to pull within three with 3:34 left in the first half.

Despite going into the half trailing 31-25 Kent State matched Loyola in field goal percentage at 30-percent. The difference came from the free throw line, where Loyola was 11-for-11 in the first half and 29-for-33 for the game. Kent State struggled from the line in the first half 6-for-10. Robert Olson was held scoreless on five attempts in the first half.

Olson found his shot in the second half and scored 10 points for the Hounds. Loyola was able to hold their lead in the second half with hot shooting from the free-throw line. Etherly went to the line 19 times in the game, converting 17 of his attempts.

“For Erik, getting to the line has always been his thing. I think not being scouted as much really helped Erik, they weren’t ready to just run and double team him…he got some room and did a lot of damage,” Patsos said.

His 17 makes were one shy of the school record, set by Jamaal Barney in 2009 against NJIT. Kent State failed to capitalize on opportunities in the second half, especially midway through when the Hounds failed to convert a field goal for over four minutes. The Greyhounds found themselves in foul trouble late in the second half when Olson, Julius Brooks, Anthony Winbush and Jordan Latham all were playing with four fouls. Winbush would later foul out with 1:36 remaining in the game.

“He (Winbush) had five points and five rebounds, it doesn’t mean anything, he guarded that guy, Chris Evans is on NBA lists and he just stopped that guy,” Patsos said.

Chido Onyiuke scored his first career points off two free throws in the second half.

The Hounds move on to face East Carolina in the CIT quarterfinals on Tuesday.

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