November 20, 2012

MEN’S BASKETBALL DOWNED AT THE BUZZER BY SAINT ROSE, 68-66

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MBB vs. Saint Rose - 11/20/12



Syracuse, N.Y. – Andre Pope made a reverse, over-his-shoulder lay-up as time expired to give The College of Saint Rose a 68-66 win over the Le Moyne College men's basketball team on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.

Junior forward Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) led all players with 24 points, including 12 in each half, while pulling down six rebounds and recording four steals. Junior guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) registered 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Dan Mundweiler led the Golden Knights with 21 points, while dishing out three assists. Tyler Sayre added 11 points as the only other player in double-digits. Dominykas Milka led all players in the game with eight rebounds.

Over the opening eight minutes of the contest, the teams went back-and-forth with the score being tied five times, the last of which came at 14-all with 12:07 remaining. Zapisek had Le Moyne's first five points, with four different players accounting for the other nine points, while Sayre registered six points, Kareem Thomas tallied five and Pope registered a conventional three-point play to tie the score at 14.

After Saint Rose scored six of the next eight points to open up a 20-16 lead, the Dolphins rattled off eight straight points to reverse the four-point margin. Sophomore guard Naté Gause (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie/Quinnipiac) started the run with his second of three first-half three-pointers, Zapisek made a lay-up and then drilled a three-pointer with 7:35 left.

Following a Mundweiler three-pointer to pull Saint Rose within 24-23, the Dolphins ran off 15 of the next 18 points to take their largest lead of the game. Champion made consecutive jumpers to start the streak, junior center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) made a fast-break lay-up, Gause drilled a three-pointer in transition, Janson tipped in his own miss and then senior guard Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany) capped the run with a fast-break lay-up.

Pope made a lay-up and Mundweiler hit two free throws to finish off Saint Rose's scoring in the half, while Zapisek made a fast-break lay-up to give the Dolphins a 41-30 lead at halftime.

After Zapisek nailed a three-pointer to give the Dolphins a 44-32 lead at the 19:32 mark of the second half, the Golden Knights registered a 15-2 run over the next 8:20. Sayre ignited the run with a three-point play, Milka made a lay-up, Thomas hit a jumper, Mundweiler knocked down a jumper, Jin Hong converted a jumper and then Mundweiler nailed a three-pointer to tie the score and followed with a free throw 2:12 later for the lead.

The teams then went back-and-forth over the final 11 minutes, with the lead changing sides six times and the score being tied five times. The margin bounced between a three-point Le Moyne lead and a four-point Saint Rose advantage. After Zapisek tied the score for the 10th time in the game on a tip-in with 4:32 left, Chris Dorgler hit two free throws and Milka made a lay-up to give the Golden Knights a 65-61 lead. Champion and Janson connected on lay-ups around a Milka free throw to get the Dolphins within 66-65 with 1:19 left. Zapisek then hit a free throw with 42 seconds left to tie the score.

After the Dolphins missed a three-pointer from the left corner with 15 seconds left, Pope drove the baseline and tossed a shot over his head, off the backboard and through the net for the game-winning lay-up as time expired.

Le Moyne (1-1, 1-1 NE-10), which has lost three straight home games to the Golden Knights, returns to action on Wednesday, November 28 at American International at 7:30 p.m.