January 2, 2013

RALLY COMES UP SHORT AS MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT DOMINICAN, 56-51

Orangeburg, N.Y. – Cory Quimby recorded a double-double to lead Dominican College to a 56-51 win over the Le Moyne College men's basketball team on Wednesday night in the 7th Annual James Clancy Memorial Tournament at Coach Baxter Court at the Hennessy Center.

Senior guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) led the Dolphins with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Junior center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) registered his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while blocking five shots. Sophomore guard Naté Gause (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie/Quinnipiac) came off the bench to score 11 points and grab a season-high seven rebounds.

Quimby led the Chargers with 12 points and a game-best 13 rebounds. Leon Porter registered a game-high 15 points and dished out a game-best five assists.

After the teams split the game's first 12 points over the opening 4:36, Dominican scored nine straight points over the next five minutes to take control of the contest. Daniel Woods ignited the run with a lay-up, Porter followed with a three-pointer, A.J. Burton connected on a three-pointer and Johnathan Brown capped the streak with a free throw.

Following a three-pointer by Mohamed to end a Le Moyne scoring drought of 7:22 and a lay-up by senior guard Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany) to get the Dolphins within 16-11 with 6:35 remaining, Burton and Porter nailed three-pointers and Porter made a free throw to give the Chargers a 23-11 advantage with 3:23 remaining in the half.

The Dolphins scored nine of the final 12 points of the half to pull within 26-20 at the intermission. Gause made a pair of free throws with 2:15 left to end a scoreless span of 4:20, Mohamed followed with a three-pointer, Janson made a lay-up and freshman guard Qwadere Lovell (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) converted a foul line jumper to end the half's scoring, while the Chargers got three free throws from Nick Smith.

 

Mohamed opened the second half's scoring with a jumper to get the Dolphins within four, but the Chargers answered with a 9-2 run to take a 35-24 lead with 16:22 to go in the game. All nine of Dominican's points were scored by Quimby, including a conventional three-point play to cap the streak.

The teams went back and forth over the next seven minutes, with Dominican's lead bouncing between six and 11 points.

After Porter made a pair of free throws following a Le Moyne technical foul to give the Chargers a 45-36 lead with 9:28 to go, the Dolphins scored five points in 11 seconds to get within 45-41.

Woods then made consecutive jump shots to push Dominican's lead to 49-41 with 6:04 left. After Mohamed made a lay-up with 4:25 to go, ending a scoreless drought of 4:03, Justin Turner made a free throw and a jumper to extend the lead to 52-43 with 2:27 remaining.

The Dolphins then mounted a rally in the final 1:43. After a Janson block, Gause nailed a three-pointer with 1:34 left to cut Le Moyne's deficit to six. Nine seconds later, Gause stole the ball from Porter and Mohamed followed with a three-pointer to get the Dolphins within 52-49. After Burton was whistled for traveling and Le Moyne called timeout, Janson converted a jumper in the paint with 21 seconds left to make the score 52-51. Porter then pushed his team's lead to three points with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to go. Porter sealed the win by stealing a Le Moyne pass with seven second left and making two more free throws with six seconds remaining.

Le Moyne (6-4), which had its four game win streak snapped, continues play at the 7th Annual James Clancy Memorial Tournament on Thursday against Queens at 5:30 p.m.