Brett Harvey scored a game-high 27 points but couldn't prevent Loyola's fourth consecutive defeat, a 91-75 loss to Niagara at Reitz Arena yesterday.
Jamal Barney and Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding) added 13 points each for the Greyhounds (2-7, 0-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
Loyola, which allowed a season high in points, never recovered from a 3-for-11 start from the field. Niagara (6-1, 1-0) sprinted to a 23-9 lead.
The Greyhounds got within 65-57 on Harvey's two free throws with 10:21 left before a 12-5 Niagara run capped by Demetrius Williamson's three-pointer with 4:50 remaining.
"They are a very physical team and our young guys found out how hard you have to play to win a conference game," said coach Jimmy Patsos, whose Greyhounds outscored the Purple Eagles 44-41 in the second half. "...I'm really proud of our team and the way we hung in there and beat them in the second half. We are achieving and heading in the right direction."
Bilal Benn had a career-high 23 points for Niagara. Benson Egemonye added 21 points and nine rebounds.
VIRGINIA TECH 79, NAVY 70:: Kaleo Kina had his first double double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but Navy couldn't maintain the lead it held at halftime in a loss in the opening game of the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington.
Navy (7-2) led 34-28 at the half, but Virginia Tech (5-3) opened the second half with an 18-2 run and did not trail again.
Adam Teague added 18 points for the Midshipmen. Malcolm Delaney scored 21 points to lead the Hokies. Delaney was 11-for-11 on free throws as the Hokies held off a late charge by Navy.