January 3, 2013

MEN’S BASKETBALL REGISTERS 62-54 OVERTIME WIN AGAINST QUEENS

Orangeburg, N.Y. – Junior forward Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) scored 18 points to lead the Le Moyne College men's basketball team to a 62-54 overtime win over Queens College on Thursday night in the 7th Annual James Clancy Memorial Tournament at Coach Baxter Court at the Hennessy Center.

Zapisek added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals to his game-high point total. Sophomore guard Naté Gause (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie/Quinnipiac) tallied a career-best 15 points (all in the second half), a career high-tying seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Junior center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) recorded his second straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while adding three blocks.

The Knights got 11 points and eight rebounds from George Holmes and Abe Akanmu, while Holmes also recorded six assists and four steals. Daniel Watson also tallied 11 points for Queens.

Le Moyne, which has won all five games played against Queens on a neutral court, opened the game with the first eight points over the opening 2:06. Janson started the scoring with a lay-up, senior guard Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany) followed with a three-pointer and then Zapisek nailed a three-pointer.

Queens responded with nine straight points and 18 of the next 22 points over the ensuing 10 and one-half minutes. Holmes bookended the run with a three-pointer and a jumper, while Watson and Patrick Modzelewski each had four points in the span.

After Janson made a lay-up and Zapisek connected on a three-pointer to get the Dolphins within 18-17 with 5:40 remaining in the half, the Knights scored seven straight points to push their lead to eight points. Patrick Parker started the spurt with two free throws and a jumper, while Watson capped it with a traditional three-point play.

The Dolphins got baskets from senior guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) and Janson to cut their deficit in half, but Akanmu drilled a three-pointer with 22 seconds left to give Queens a 28-21 lead at the intermission.

After Queens scored seven of the first 12 points of the second half over the opening 4:38 to extend its lead to 35-26, Le Moyne scored 10 straight points to take the lead. Janson ignited the run with a jumper, Tartt followed with a traditional three-point play after a Janson block, Mohamed made a fast-break lay-up and then Gause nailed a three-pointer with 11:51 remaining to put the Dolphins in front.

Following nine points from each team over the next eight minutes, with the Dolphins taking a pair of three point leads, Zapisek drilled a three-pointer with 3:12 remaining to give the Dolphins a 48-44 advantage.

Pat Piasecki followed with a lay-up and two free throws over the next one and one-half minutes to even the score at 48 apiece with 1:40 remaining. Janson gave the lead back to the Dolphins with a jumper, but Piasecki answered with a jump shot of his own with 39 seconds remaining. The Dolphins committed a turnover on its next possession and Queens missed a shot with one second left to send the game to overtime.

After Gause and Watson traded baskets to open the scoring in overtime, Janson gave the Dolphins the lead for good with a jumper off a feed from Mohamed with 3:15 left. Zapisek followed with a fast-break dunk, Janson made a free throw, Gause connected on two free throws and Zapisek made a free throw to give the Dolphins a 60-52 advantage with 13 seconds left. Akanmu and junior guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) each made two free throws in the last seven seconds to deliver the final score.

Le Moyne (7-4), which snapped a streak of five straight losses in overtime games, returns to Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday at home against Southern New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m.