Robert Olson hit two 3-pointers during a 12-1 Loyola first-half run, and the Greyhounds built a double-digit lead before the break in a 65-49 win over Norfolk State (2-2) in the first game of the Basketball Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday.
Loyola will play the winner Albany today in the Springfield Bracket championship game at 2 p.m.
Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) led the Greyhounds (3-1) with a game-high 19 points, making seven of his 11 shots from the field.
Loyola held the Spartans (2-2) to 35.8 percent from the field and forced 19 turnovers.
Eastern Kentucky 71, Towson 69, OT: Rafriel Guthrie scored a team-high 16 points off the bench and Jerrelle Benimon grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, but the visiting Tigers dropped an overtime thriller to the Colonels (3-0).
Towson (1-2) will play Kennesaw State today in their third game at the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational.
Florida Atlantic 64, Coppin State 61: Michael Murray scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds, but a furious second-half rally by the Eagles fell short as the Owls (1-2) hung on to defeat Coppin State in the final game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Coppin State (0-3) trailed by 25 points at halftime, but came all the way back to tie the score at 61 on a 3-pointer by Andre Armstrong with 21 seconds left in the game.
Stefan Moody, who led Florida Atlantic with 19 points off the bench, hit two free throws with 16 seconds left, giving the Owls a 63-61 lead.
On the Eagles next possession, freshman Patrick Cole was whistled for an offensive foul.
Coppin State was forced to foul and Moody made one of two free throws with 10 seconds to play, increasing the lead to 64-61.
The Eagles had a final chance to tie, but a 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
Cole led the Eagles in scoring for the third straight game as he finished with 15 points, while junior Andre Armstrong had 14.
Florida Atlantic also got 18 points from Jackson Trapp and 10 points from Jordan McCoy.
Salisbury 85, Lycoming 82: Five Warriors players finished in double figures, but a 15-2 run in the final 5:02 by the Sea Gulls (3-0) lifted Salisbury to the 15th annual Tip-Off Tournament title.
The Warriors (1-1) were led by Chris Foreman and All-Tournament team member Pat Dougher, each connecting on four 3-pointers. Travon Vann finished with 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
Frostburg State 74, Defiance 72: Christian Jackson hit a jumper as time expired to give the visiting Bobcats a buzzer-beating victory over the Yellow Jackets in the consolation game of the 42nd annual Marietta Shrine Tournament on Saturday evening.
Logan Wolfrum made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 72 with eight seconds left. After the inbound pass, Jackson worked his way down the right side of the court and through traffic took the final shot of the game to give Frostburg the win.