MEN'S BASKETBALL USES LATE RUN TO SLIP PAST STONEHILL, 68-62
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Syracuse, N.Y. – Five Dolphins scored in double figures as the Le Moyne College men's basketball team defeated Stonehill College, 68-62, in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Ted Grant Court.
Sophomore guard Naté Gause (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie/Quinnipiac) registered a game-high 15 points off the bench to lead the Dolphins, while grabbing seven rebounds. Freshman guard Qwadere Lovell (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) scored a career-best 13 points in a career-high 35 minutes, while dishing out a career-high six assists. Senior guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) recorded 11 points, all of which came in the second half, while junior center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) posted 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany) was the fifth Dolphin in double figures with 10 points, while adding four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
Stonehill (7-8, 3-8 NE-10) had four players in double figures, three of which were reserves. Carter Smith came off the bench to tie Gause for game-high honors with 15 points. Mitch Amelio totaled 14 points and Raheem May-Thompson tallied 10 points in reserve roles, while Jack Cole scored 10 points and collected nine rebounds.
After Lovell made a free throw for second half's first point to tie the score at 34 at the 18:11 mark, the Skyhawks tallied seven of the next nine points to open up their largest lead of the contest. Cole made a pair of free throws and then Smith hit a jumper and connected on a three-pointer for a 41-36 advantage with 14:29 remaining.
Le Moyne (8-7, 5-6 NE-10) got baskets from Mohamed and sophomore forward Ryan Romich (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable/Vermont Academy) to pull within one with 10:01 left, but May-Thompson made a free throw and Amelio knocked down a three-pointer to push the lead back to five with 9:16 to play.
Following a Smith lay-up with 8:12 left that made the score 49-44, the Dolphins rattled off 11 of the next 13 points over a span of 2:43 to take a 55-51 lead. Gause started the run with a three-pointer and junior forward Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) followed with a lay-up to tie the score at 49 with 6:53 to play. After Adam Fazzini made a lay-up for the Skyhawks, Lovell made a free throw and Tartt followed with a fast-break lay-up for the lead. Janson then recorded a traditional three-point play to extend the advantage to four.
Stonehill answered with four straight points to even the score at 55 with 2:43 left, but the Dolphins tallied seven consecutive points to take the lead for good. Lovell made a jumper from the right block to put the Dolphins in front and then Mohamed made a fast-break three-pointer from the left corner and then had a put-back jumper with 1:00 left for a 62-55 lead.
Over the final 27 seconds, Mohamed made four free throws and Gause converted a pair to seal the victory.
After a scoreless drought of 3:03 to start the game, the Dolphins scored nine consecutive points to take a 9-2 lead at the 10:46 mark. Janson got his team on the scoreboard with a traditional three-point play, Romich followed with a lay-up 2:39 later, Gause then made two free throws with 11:03 left and Tartt capped the jaunt with a fast-break lay-up off a steal.
The Skyhawks ended their scoring drought of 7:08 with a 7-2 run over the next 1:24 to close within 11-9 at the 8:53 mark. Amelio made a three-pointer and then Brian Hamor followed with a free throw and a three-pointer.
Le Moyne answered with eight straight points and 13 of the next 16 points to take a game-high 12-point lead with 5:59 remaining in the half. Gause nailed a pair of three-pointers in the streak, while Tartt made a pair of shots in the paint and Lovell added three points.
Following back-and-forth play over the next two minutes, resulting in a 29-19 Le Moyne lead, the Skyhawks closed the half with 15 of the last 19 points to take a 34-33 lead into the intermission. May-Thompson sparked the 15-4 run with eight points, including the first six in a span of 1:25, while Smith added five points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with seven seconds left in the half.
Le Moyne, which has won eight of the last 10 meetings with the Skyhawks, returns to action on Wednesday against UMass Lowell at 7:30 p.m.