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Etherly leads Loyola (Md.) past Manhattan 63-61
LOYOLA MD 63, MANHATTAN 61

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Erik Etherly scored 30 points to lead Loyola
(Md.) to a 63-61 victory over Manhattan on Sunday that clinched
the No. 3 seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
tournament.



The teams will meet again Saturday night in the tournament
quarterfinals in Springfield, Mass. Manhattan earned the sixth
seed as a result of Fairfield's loss to Marist on Sunday. Loyola
also defeated Manhattan in their first meeting this season,
51-41 on Jan. 25.



Etherly scored 19 points in the first half, which ended with the
Greyhounds (21-10, 12-6) leading 39-35. It was a far cry from
Manhattan's previous game Friday night, when fewer points were
scored in the entire contest as the Jaspers beat Fairfield
34-31.



Loyola led 52-39 with 13:19 remaining in the second half before
Manhattan whittled the margin to 58-55 with 3:55 left.



Manhattan shot 50 percent (12 of 24) in the second half to
Loyola's 37.5 percent (6 of 16), but the Greyhounds were awarded
17 second-half free throws and made 11, while the Jaspers were
just 0 of 2.



Dylon Cormier added 14 points and Robert Olson 10 for Loyola.



Rhamel Brown led Manhattan with 14 points.

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