December 4, 2012

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT CRUISES TO 76-52 WIN OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL

New Haven, Conn. – Trevon Hamlet scored 21 points to lead Southern Connecticut State University to a 76-52 win over the Le Moyne College men's basketball team in Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday night at Moore Field House.

Junior guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) led the Dolphins with 15 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Junior center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) posted 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while junior forward Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) tallied 11 points.

Hamlet, who added six rebounds, two blocks and two steals, recorded 15 of his game-high point total in the first half. Luke Houston tallied 20 points, while Greg Langston registered 14 points and Stefon Williams scored 12 points.

After the teams split the game's first 10 points over the opening 2:56, the Owls scored seven of the next nine points. Houston gave his team the lead with a three-pointer, Langston followed a Zapisek lay-up with a lay-up of his own and then Deshawn Murphy converted a lay-up.

Following a Janson lay-up to bring the Dolphins within 15-12 with 11:36 remaining, the Owls scored six straight points and 10 of the game's next 13 to open up their first double-digit lead. Williams made a pair of lay-ups in the 6-0 spurt around a Hamlet fast-break lay-up, while adding two free throws and another lay-up for a 25-15 advantage with 8:37 to go.

Sophomore forward Ryan Romich (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable/Vermont Academy) answered with a dunk and a fast-break lay-up to trim Le Moyne's deficit to six, but Southern Connecticut countered with a 10-1 run. Hamlet scored the first seven points on a pair of three-pointers around a free throw, while Houston capped the streak with a conventional three-point play.

The Dolphins got back-to-back baskets from sophomore guard Naté Gause (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie/Quinnipiac University) and Champion to get within 11 with 3:26 left, but Southern Connecticut followed with 11 of the next 13 points. Houston had seven of the points on a three-pointer and two lay-ups, while Langston added a pair of lay-ups.

Zapisek made a three-pointer and Gause had a fast-break lay-up in the final 21 seconds to get the Dolphins within 46-31 at halftime.

After the Dolphins scored five of the first seven points of the second half to trim their deficit to 12 with 18:05 left in the game, the Owls rattled off a 16-4 run over the next five minutes and 36 seconds. Houston and Langston each tallied five of the points, while Williams added four and Rashamell Vereen had a fast-break dunk.

Following a five minute and 46 second stretch during which the Dolphins scored the only three points (a Janson lay-up and free throw 3:22 apart), the Owls tallied seven points around a Champion three-pointer over the next 2:10. Tylon Smith made two free throws and Houston converted a fast-break lay-up before Champion's three-pointer, while Hamlet made a lay-up and Langston converted a free throw after.

The Owls pushed their lead to 28 points on a Hamlet jumper and a conventional three-point play by Smith, but Gause made a jump shot and senior forward Colin Sekal (Elkhart, Ind./Veritas Christian Academy (N.C.)/Wagner) made a lay-up to finish off the game's scoring.

Le Moyne (2-3, 2-3 NE-10), which has dropped three straight games to the Owls, returns to the court on Saturday against Adelphi University at 3:00 p.m.