February 6, 2013

MEN’S BASKETBALL EARNS SERIES SPLIT WITH 79-62 WIN AT SAINT ROSE

Albany, N.Y. – Graduate student center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) scored 20 points to lead the Le Moyne College men's basketball team to a 79-62 win at The College of Saint Rose on Wednesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium.

With the victory, the Dolphins claim one-half point in the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the two institutions. Through 12 contests, the Golden Knights lead six to four.

Janson went 8-for-9 from the field en route to his third game of at least 20 points in the last four contests, while adding four rebounds. Freshman guard Qwadere Lovell (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) registered 15 points (10 in the second half), four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) tallied 11 points (9 after halftime on 4-of-4 shooting), five rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward Ryan Romich (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable/Vermont Academy) scored 10 points off the bench. Junior guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) grabbed a team-high six rebounds and dished out a game-best five assists, while scoring seven points off the bench.

Dominykas Milka registered a double-double for the Golden Knights with game-highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Tyler Sayre and Andre Pope each recorded 12 points in the setback.

After Janson and Pope traded baskets in the opening two minutes, the Dolphins rattled off eight straight points in a span of 2:02. Janson accounted for six of the points, while freshman forward Connor Mahoney (Hanover, Mass./BC High/Brooks School) had a fast-break lay-up.

The Golden Knights hit a jumper and a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions to pull within 10-7 with 14:23 left, but the Dolphins answered with 10 straight points to open up a 13-point lead. Senior guard Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany) had the first five points, while Janson had the last four after Champion made two free throws.

Following a 6-2 spurt by Saint Rose to make the score 22-13 with 6:15 remaining in the half, Le Moyne registered a 10-2 run to push its lead to 17 points with 1:58 left. Lovell had five points, Romich made a lay-up and then junior forward Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) buried a three-pointer from the right corner.

Sayre made a jumper with 55 seconds left in the half to pull the Golden Knights within 34-19 at the intermission.

After the teams split the first 14 points of the second half over the opening 4:35, Zapisek made a jumper and Lovell nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to give the Dolphins a 20-point lead.

Saint Rose was able to get within 14 points six times, but the Dolphins had an answer each time. Milka made a jumper with 4:35 left to pull the Golden Knights within 67-53, but that was Saint Rose's last field goal of the game.

Over a span of 2:02 in the closing minutes of the contest, the Dolphins outscored the Golden Knights from the foul line 10-4, enabling Le Moyne to extend its lead to a game-high 21 points. Lovell made five free throws in the span, Champion made three and Mahoney converted two foul shots.

After Lovell's last free throw with 1:39 left, Milka made two free throws and Travis Gill made a pair to close out the game's scoring.

Le Moyne (11-9, 8-8 NE-10), which has won three straight games, returns home to face Assumption College on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.