January 25, 2011

MBB: 33-FOOT BUZZER-BEATER GIVES STONEHILL 84-82 OVERTIME WIN OVER DOLPHINS

Syracuse, N.Y. – Junior forward Patrick Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y.) hit a turn-around three-pointer from 33 feet to give Stonehill College an 84-82 overtime win over the Le Moyne College men's basketball team in Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday night at Ted Grant Court. Stonehill sophomore Brian Hamor forced the overtime period by banking in a three-pointer from 30 feet with 1.2 seconds remaining.

Senior forward Kevin Roth (Lake View, N.Y./St. Francis HS) led five Dolphins in double-figures with 22 points, while pulling down six rebounds and picking up six steals. Senior swingman Can Ozkaner (Ankara, Turkey/Tilton School (N.H.)) tallied 14 second-half points, five rebounds and five assists before fouling out with 1:30 left in overtime. Freshman guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) totaled 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while sophomore guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) added 11 points off the bench and redshirt freshman center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) registered 10 points and six rebounds.

Hamor led five Skyhawks in double-digits with 15 points, all of which came after halftime. Daniel Heppert and Mike Kernan each scored 14 points, while Kernan added nine rebounds. Ivan Almeida posted 13 points and nine rebounds in the contest, while Sam Markle had 11 points and five assists. Lee finished just short of a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.

In the overtime period, Champion gave the Dolphins the lead 1:18 in with a lay-up after an intentional foul on the Skyhawks. After a turnover by each team in a span of two seconds, Hamor drilled a three-pointer from the left wing to put Stonehill in front with 3:03 to go. Roth answered back 23 seconds later with a lay-up and Johnson followed a Stonehill turnover with a three-pointer from the right corner to put the Dolphins in front by four with 2:21 remaining. Almeida cut Stonehill's deficit to three with a free throw with 1:36 left, but Champion extended Le Moyne's lead to five with 56 seconds left with two foul shots after grabbing a defensive rebound. A Heppert lay-up and two Janson free throws two seconds apart left the Dolphins with a five-point edge with 35 seconds to go. Mohamed then converted a fast-break lay-up with 19 seconds left to put his team up 82-75 with 19 seconds left.

Stonehill closed within three following a lay-up by Hamor and two foul shots by Heppert after stealing the in-bounds pass. Following a pair of missed foul shots by junior guard Chris Johnson (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst), Markle got the Skyhawks within a point with two free throws with seven seconds left. Champion got the ensuing in-bounds pass and was fouled by Heppert. However, Champion missed both foul shots and Almeida got the free rebound. Almeida then passed to just over mid-court to Lee, who turned and drained his shot from 33 feet on the right side of the court for the victory.

Out of halftime, the Dolphins scored six straight points to cut their deficit in half. Janson had a dunk on Le Moyne's first possession, Roth followed a Johnson steal with a lay-up and Ozkaner made the score 36-30 with a lay-up. Almeida answered with a jumper, but Roth hit a fade-away jumper and Janson followed with a lay-up off a pass from Roth to get Le Moyne within four with 16:20 to go in regulation.

After the team's traded points over the next two and one-half minutes, Mohamed nailed a three-pointer from the right corner off a feed by Champion and Ozkaner followed with a jumper to put the Dolphins in front for the first time since the opening minute of the game. Ozkaner added a lay-up, sophomore Michael Goodman (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) finished off a pass from Mohamed, Roth scored off a feed from junior guard James Cormier (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull/Proctor Academy (N.H.)) and Johnson nailed a jumper as the Dolphins opened up a nine point lead with 6:19 remaining.

The game bounced between a six and 10 point differential over the next four minutes, with the Dolphins holding a 62-53 advantage with 2:24 left. Roth scored four points in the span for the Dolphins, while Almeida returned from a four and one-half minute stay on the bench with a pair of baskets.

The Skyhawks were able to close within five points on two occasions with less than 90 seconds remaining, but the Dolphins still held a seven-point edge following a Champion free throw with 58 seconds left.

Heppert then hit a lay-up and Markle followed two missed Le Moyne free throws by converting two from the foul line to get Stonehill within three with 33 seconds to go. Ozkaner then buried a pair of foul shots for the Dolphins with 25 ticks left, but Hamor knocked down a contested three-pointer from the right wing to make it a two-point game with 13 seconds left. After Ozkaner made it three-point contest with a foul shot with 10 seconds left, the Dolphins fouled Markle with 6.9 seconds to go. Markle missed the front end of the "1-and-1", but Hamor corralled the tipped out rebound just in front of mid-court. After taking two dribbles, Hamor banked in his shot from 30 feet to knot the score. Following a timeout, Roth had a shot from 35 feet, but it missed off the front rim to send the game to overtime.

After Janson opened the game with a basket in the paint, Stonehill scored the next 10 points. Almeida and Kernan had four points apiece in the stretch, while Lee had two.

Following a 7-2 run to get the Dolphins within three, Stonehill ran off 16 of the game's next 22 points to open up a 28-15 lead with 4:12 remaining. Andre Tongo accounted for half his team's points in the stretch with two three-pointers and a jumper, while Kernan added six points.

The teams split the next 12 points before Kernan made a lay-up to give Stonehill its largest lead of the game at the 1:23 mark. Champion closed out the scoring in the period by nailing a three-pointer from the left wing with 59 seconds left.

Le Moyne (8-10, NE-10 6-8), which had won two straight games over the Skyhawks, return to action on Saturday at Franklin Pierce at 3:30 p.m.