December 1, 2012

JANSON LEADS MEN’S BASKETBALL TO 71-58 WIN OVER NEW HAVEN

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MBB vs. New Haven - 12/1/12



Syracuse, N.Y. – Junior center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Le Moyne College men's basketball team to a 71-58 win over the University of New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Ted Grant Court.

Janson, who pulled down seven rebounds and had two blocks, scored 14 points in each half, while making 12 of his 14 field goal attempts. Junior guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, a game-high eight assists and seven rebounds. Junior forward Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. The Dolphins connected on 55.3-percent of their field goal attempts (26-for-47), their best mark since making 59.4-percent of their attempts (38-for-68) in a 97-81 win at then-C.W. Post (now LIU Post) on December 19, 2011.

Eric Anderson led the Chargers with a double-double of 22 points and a game-best 12 rebounds. Jeffery Adkins tallied 12 points, while Justin Exum, who totaled 54 points and 15 three-pointers in his first two career games at Ted Grant Court, was held to 11 points and two three-pointers.

After the Chargers jumped out to a 5-2 lead 1:34 into the contest, the Dolphins scored seven straight points to take their largest lead of the half. Champion started the spurt with a put-back lay-up, Janson put the Dolphins in front with a fast-break lay-up and Zapisek followed with a three-pointer from the right wing.

New Haven responded with an 11-4 run to take a 16-13 lead with 13:07 remaining in the half. Anderson and Adkins each had four points in the run, while Jeremy Williams nailed a three-pointer from the top of the three-point line. Following two Janson free throws, the Chargers extended their lead to a game-high seven points with 10:06 left with 10 of the next 14 points. Exum led the push with a three-pointer and a conventional three-point play.

The Dolphins countered with six straight points to pull within a point with 6:49 remaining. Zapisek and senior guards Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) and Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany) each made baskets in the run.

Following back-and-forth play over the next five minutes, the Dolphins recorded the final five points of the half to take a 36-34 lead into the intermission. Sophomore guard Naté Gause (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie/Quinnipiac) evened the score at 34 with a three-pointer from the left wing off a kick-out by Janson, while Janson put his team in front with a lay-up off a feed from Champion.

After the teams traded baskets to start the second half, the Chargers tallied five straight points to take a 43-41 lead with 13:51 remaining in the contest. Anderson made a lay-up and a free throw, while Adkins converted a pair of free throws.

Following lay-ups by Janson to tie the score at 43 and then 45, Exum drilled a three-pointer from the top of the arc and Ashanti DePass converted two free throws to give New Haven a five point edge with 9:23 remaining.

The Dolphins responded with 19 straight points around four New Haven timeouts over the next 7:05. Tartt ignited the run with a three-pointer from the left wing and Champion followed with two free throws to tie the score after stealing the ball from Williams. Janson then converted a pair of lay-ups to force New Haven's second timeout with 6:09 left. Zapisek then drained a three-pointer from the right corner off a feed from Champion with 4:09 left to force the third timeout. Janson followed with a lay-up and Mohamed nailed a three-pointer in transition from the left corner to give the Dolphins a 62-50 lead with 3:11 to go to force the fourth timeout. Janson capped the explosion with two free throws with 2:18 remaining.

New Haven closed within nine points (65-56) with 1:21 left, but Champion made four free throws in the last 37 seconds to put the game away.

Le Moyne (2-2, 2-2 NE-10), which snapped a three-game losing streak to the Chargers, returns to the hardwood on Tuesday at Southern Connecticut State at 7:30 p.m.