January 29, 2013

JANSON LEADS MEN’S BASKETBALL TO 70-69 WIN AT BENTLEY UNIVERSITY

Waltham, Mass. – Graduate student center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) scored the game's last four points as the Le Moyne College men's basketball team edged Bentley University, 70-69, on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Dana Center.

Janson finished the contest with a game-high 23 points, 16 of which came in the first half, while pulling down 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Freshman guard Qwadere Lovell (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) scored 14 second-half points, Sophomore forward Ryan Romich (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable/Vermont Academy) came off the bench to score 12 points, grab five rebounds, dish out three assists and record three steals.

Jasper Grassa led three Falcons in double digits with 19 points, while adding seven rebounds and three assists. Alex Furness came off the bench to register 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting, including 5-of-5 from three-point range. Tyler McFarland tallied 16 points, including 10 after halftime.

Following a steal and lay-up by senior guard Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany), the Falcons scored five straight points to take their largest lead of the half (41-33) with 17:51 remaining. JP Koury made a jumper and then Tyler McFarland nailed a three-pointer.

The Dolphins countered with 10 of the next 12 points to even the score for the first of four times in the half. Tartt drilled a three-pointer and made a lay-up, Lovell knocked down a jumper and then freshman forward Connor Mahoney (Hanover, Mass./BC High/Brooks School) connected on a three-pointer from the left wing with 15:34 left to knot the score at 43.

After Bentley scored five of the next seven points for a 48-45 lead, the Dolphins tallied eight straight points to take their biggest lead of the game with 9:00 left. Lovell made a jumper, Romich converted a lay-up, Janson had a lay-up and then Lovell made a jump shot for a 53-48 advantage.

After Grassa and Mahoney traded jumpers, the Falcons ran off 13 of the next 15 points for a 63-57 lead with 4:25 remaining. McFarland had five of the points, Grassa and Furness nailed three-pointers and Joe Glynn had a dunk in the run.

Le Moyne (9-9, 6-8 NE-10) answered right back with six straight points to even the score with 2:58 left. Janson made a free throw, Lovell buried a three-pointer and then Romich tied the score with a lay-up off a feed from Janson.

Mike Topercer and Grassa nailed three-pointers around a three-pointer by Lovell to give the Falcons a 69-66 edge in the final two minutes.

After grabbing the rebound off his own miss, Janson made a lay-up with 1:34 left to pull the Dolphins within a point. Grassa misfired on a three-pointer on the other end of the court and Janson grabbed the rebound. Out of a Bentley timeout with 1:01 left, Janson had a put-back lay-up with 35.3 seconds left to put the Dolphins in front.

Grassa had a chance to win the game for the Falcons, but his three-pointer with five second left was off the mark. McFarland grabbed the offensive rebound, but was trapped by the Dolphins and was unable to get a shot off.

Bentley (7-11, 5-9 NE-10) opened the game with the first five points and 13 of the first 18 over the opening 5:56. Grassa nailed a pair of three-pointers in the stretch, while Furness hit his first of four three-pointers in the half.

The Dolphins responded with nine consecutive points to take the lead. Mahoney, Romich and Janson made baskets and then freshman guard Patrick McGuinness (New City, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) buried a three-pointer from the top of the key.

The Falcons countered with 10 straight points for a 23-14 lead with 6:16 left. Furness buried two three-pointers in the streak, while Shakir Phelps and McFarland made baskets.

The teams went back-and-forth in the final six minutes, with Bentley's lead bouncing between two and seven points. After Furness nailed a three-pointer to beat the shot clock with 22 seconds left in the half, Janson was fouled on a put-back attempt with 0.3 seconds left. He converted the two free throws to pull the Dolphins within 36-31 at halftime.

Le Moyne, which has won three straight games over the Falcons, wraps up non-division play on Saturday at home against Saint Michael's College at 3:00 p.m.