MEN’S BASKETBALL UPSETS 17TH-RANKED ASSUMPTION, 66-64
Worcester, Mass. – Sophomore guard Naté Gause (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie/Quinnipiac) hit a go-ahead, pull-up jumper from the foul line with 1:21 left as the Le Moyne College men's basketball team upset 17th-ranked Assumption College, 66-64, on Monday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Laska Gymnasium.
Junior center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) led four Dolphins in double figures with 15 points, while adding nine rebounds. Gause and juniors Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) and Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) each scored 12 points, while Champion dished out five assists and Gause grabbed four rebounds. Freshman forward Connor Mahoney (Hanover, Mass./BC High/Brooks School) grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds (five offensive) in 12 minutes off the bench.
Ronson Quick led all scorers in the game with 17 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Kevin Donahue tallied 16 points, while Terrance Bobb-Jones added 12 points. Ryan Rozsnaki pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists.
The teams went back-and-forth in the first half with the lead changing hands seven times and the score being tied 10 times. Assumption's largest lead of the half was four points, which happened three times, while Le Moyne's biggest advantage was two points.
After sophomore forward Ryan Romich (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable/Vermont Academy) made a lay-up with 1:53 remaining in the half to tie the score at 31 apiece, the Greyhounds scored the final four points of the half. Bobb-Jones made a lay-up with 1:45 left and Quick ended the half's scoring with a lay-up with 1:03 remaining.
Donahue opened the second half with a three-pointer to extend Assumption's lead to seven, but the Dolphins responded with nine straight points to take the lead. Champion started the run with a three-pointer and then made a lay-up in transition to get the Dolphins within 38-36 with 18:46 left. Janson then made two free throws to tie the score and senior guard Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany) followed with a pair of free throws for the lead.
After Bobb-Jones made a lay-up to even the score at 40 with 17:15 remaining, the Dolphins tallied seven straight points in a span of 1:29. Janson made a lay-up, Zapisek followed with a lay-up and then Champion nailed a three-pointer.
The Greyhounds got a three-pointer from Quick and a free throw from Tim Beinert to get within 47-44 with 14:46 to go, but the Dolphins tallied eight of the next nine points for the largest lead of the game by either team. Gause made a lay-up and a three-pointer for the first five points, while Champion put Le Moyne up 55-45 with a three-pointer at the 12:21 mark.
Assumption, which entered the game as the last unbeaten team in the 39-team East Region, countered with 14 straight points over a stretch of six minutes and three seconds to regain the lead. Tim Kasper had six of the points, while Donahue and Beinert each had four points.
Janson then made a free throw to snap a scoreless drought of 7:03 and followed with a dunk to get the Dolphins within 59-58 and end a span of 8:00 without a field goal.
After Donahue made a lay-up to put the Greyhounds up three with 3:56 left, Zapisek made a lay-up and Janson converted a free throw to tie the score at 61 with 2:19 remaining. Bobb-Jones made a free throw with 2:05 left to put the Greyhounds in front, but Gause, who teamed with Bobb-Jones at Quinnipiac last year, nailed a pull-up jumper from the foul line with 1:21 left to give the Dolphins the lead for good.
After a steal by senior guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) on Assumption's next possession, Janson made a lay-up with three seconds on the shot clock to give the Dolphins a three-point edge. Cory Schmidt made a lay-up with eight seconds left to get Assumption within a point, but Champion finished off the game's scoring with a free throw with 7.9 seconds to go. Assumption had one last chance to tie the score or win the game, but Tartt stole the ball from Schmidt near midcourt to end the game.
Le Moyne (5-3, 4-3 NE-10), which won for just the fourth time in 25 meetings at Laska Gym, returns to the hardwood on Sunday, December 30 against Mercy College at 3:00 p.m.