January 9, 2013

MEN’S BASKETBALL HAS HOME WIN STREAK SNAPPED WITH 64-58 LOSS TO SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Video: Men's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire

Video highlights from the LeMoyneDolphins.TV broadcast of the Le Moyne vs. S.N.H.U game.



Syracuse, N.Y. – B.J. Cardarelli scored 16 points to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 64-58 win over the Le Moyne College men's basketball team on Wednesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.

Junior center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) led all scorers in the game with 21 points, while pulling down a team-best eight rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. Sophomore guard Naté Gause (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie/Quinnipiac) recorded 11 points, five first-half rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in his career start.

Cardarelli added six rebounds and a steal to his team-best scoring total. Aleksandar Dobrovic registered 12 points in the second half after going scoreless in the first half, while Rodney Sanders scored 11 points in the first half and was scoreless in the second half.

The teams went back-and-forth over the opening 8:45 of the contest, resulting in a 12-10 Southern New Hampshire lead. Janson had six points in the span for the Dolphins, while Cardarelli and Sanders each had six points for the Penmen.

The Penmen then scored six of the next seven points to open up a seven point advantage. Phillip Tripodakis nailed a three-pointer off a feed from Dobrovic and Cardarelli followed with a traditional three-point play.

After Cardarelli gave the Penmen a 20-13 lead with 8:36 remaining in the half, the Dolphins scored six straight points and eight of the next nine to even the score with 5:20 to play. Junior guard Chris Secky (Bemus Point, N.Y./Maple Grove) started the run with a jumper, senior guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) followed with a pull-up jumper and then sophomore forward Ryan Romich (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable/Vermont Academy) had a pair of tip-ins to tie the score.

Following a Gause three-pointer with 2:53 left in the half that gave the Dolphins a 25-24 lead, the Penmen got three-pointers from Max Taylor and Sanders to take a five-point lead. Janson hit a free throw with 32 seconds left to pull the Dolphins within 30-26 at the intermission.

The Dolphins, who played without the services of junior point guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport), scored six of the first eight points of the second half to tie the score at 32 apiece. Janson had a dunk off a feed from Mohamed and Gause followed with a pair of baskets to even the score with 18:04 to play.

Southern New Hampshire (9-3, 5-3 NE-10) responded with a 9-2 run to regain the lead, which it would not see dip below two the remainder of the game. Dobrovic ignited the run with back-to-back three-pointers off feed from Mike Stys, who then hit a three-pointer of his own in transition with 16:02 left.

The teams then split the game's next 18 points over a span of 7:12. Freshman guard Qwadere Lovell (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) tallied five of Le Moyne's nine points, while four Penmen combined for their nine points.

The Dolphins got lay-ups from Janson and junior forward Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) to get within 50-47 with 7:48 remaining, but the Penmen countered with an 8-2 run to take their largest lead of the game with 3:00 left. C.J. Marriro recorded five of the eight points, while Cardarelli nailed a three-pointer off a feed from Dobrovic.

Le Moyne responded with a 9-2 run to get within two points (60-58) with 18.1 seconds remaining. Mohamed had a put-back lay-up and followed with a foul shot to start the comeback bid, while Janson followed with a pair of lay-ups around a jumper by Secky.

Stys and Dobrovic each then made a pair of free throws in the final 18 seconds to close out the game.

Le Moyne (7-5, 4-4 NE-10), which had its four-game home win streak snapped, returns to action on Saturday at 14th-ranked Franklin Pierce University at 3:30 p.m.