Local college hoops roundup: Loyola falls by 12 to Wake Forest
Wake Forest 75, Loyola 63

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- C.J. Harris scored 20 points, Travis McKie added 19 and Wake Forest beat Loyola (Md.) 75-63 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Deacons survived despite suffering through 22-of-46 shooting (47.8 percent) from the free-throw line. They actually shot better from the field, going 24 of 49 (49 percent).

Wake Forest led by as many as 11 in the first half but needed to go on a 7-0 spurt midway through the second half to regain control after Loyola fought back to tie the game 48-48. The Deacons also finished the game with a 12-6 run.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 13 points, and Shane Walker and Justin Drummond scored 12 each. The Greyhounds had four players foul out and committed 34 personal fouls for the game.

Wake Forest led 31-26 at halftime, after leading by as many as 11 in the first half. Harris had five points in a 10-0 spurt over a four-minute span late in the half to put Wake up 29-18, but the Greyhounds then scored the last five points of the half to cut the deficit to five.

Loyola then fought back to tie the game at 48-48 on a 3-pointer by Erik Etherly with 10:36 remaining. But the Deacons responded with two free throws by McKie, a free throw from Anthony Fields and baskets from Carson Desrosiers and Nikita Mescheriakov to regain control.

Loyola never got closer than four points again.

Harris, a 6-foot-3 junior, was 6 of 9 from the field but just 6 of 12 from the line. He missed his first five free-throw attempts. McKie, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, shrugged off an ankle sprain and was 5 of 10 from the field and 8 of 12 from the line.

The Deacons suited up just eight scholarship players, including three freshmen. The roster was decimated during the offseason after Ari Stewart transferred, Melvin Tabb was kicked off the team, Ty Walker was suspended for the first semester and J.T. Terrell left the team.

Wake Forest will host Georgia Southern next Wednesday, while Loyola will host Coppin State on Monday.

No. 14 Xavier 74, Morgan State 63

CINCINNATI -- No. 14 Xavier was missing its star player and four players reached double figures for Morgan State, but that wasn't enough to keep the Bears from falling 74-63 to the Musketeers in the regular-season opener for both teams Friday night.

Mark Lyons scored 22 points and Dezmine Wells added 12 in his college debut as Xavier overcame the absence of its top player, suspended senior guard Tu Holloway, to win its 22nd consecutive regular-season opener. The Musketeers are 12-0 in season-openers at the Cintas Center, where they will play their first four games of the season.

Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman watched nine of the 10 players who played for Xavier score at least two points.

"Coming in, we heard they had a lot of depth, and they did," Bozeman said. "If they were a football team, they'd be in the Big East."

Kevin Thompson scored 14 points, 10 in the second half, while DeWayne Jackson and Justin Black each added 11 and Aric Brooks finished with 10 for Morgan State. Jackson scored all but one of his points in the first half.

Ian Chiles just missed double figures with nine points while limiting Xavier senior Kenny Frease to 10 points. Frease fouled out with 4:21 left in the game.'

"We're still growing as a team," Bozeman said. "We did a good job on Frease, fouling him out. We know they didn't have Holloway but we still did some growing. Ian Chiles, the (7-foot-2) kid, didn't play a lot for us last year. For him to do what he did shows a lot of growth in our team."