NEW HAVEN ROLLS TO 73-38 WIN OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
West Haven, Conn. – Four players scored in double figures to lead the University of New Haven to a 73-38 win over the Le Moyne College men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.
Junior guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) and graduate student center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) each scored nine points to lead the Dolphins. Champion added a team-best five rebounds and three assists. The 38 points are the fewest scored by the Dolphins in the shot-clock era (shot clock was implemented in the 1985-86 season) and tied for the second-fewest in the history of the program. The previous low in the shot-clock era was 39 points at Seton Hall during the 1985-86 season.
Eric Anderson led the Chargers with 18 points, 10 of which came in the first half, while grabbing a game-high seven rebounds and posting three steals. Jeffery Adkins registered 14 of his 17 points in the first half, while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Justin Exum and Jeremy Williams each scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds, while Williams dished out a game-best six assists (one more than the Dolphins had as a team).
After Anderson and Janson each had three points in the opening 57 seconds of play, the Chargers scored 29 of the game's next 34 points to take a 32-8 lead with 8:13 left in the first half. Williams had eight points in the streak, Exum, Adkins and Mark Palmieri had five points each, Cyrus James scored four points and Anderson added a lay-up.
Following back-and-forth play over the next one and one-half minutes, resulting in a 38-15 New Haven lead, the Chargers scored nine straight points to push their lead to 32. Adkins had three lay-ups in the stretch, while Anderson made three free throws.
Champion made a lay-up and Anderson countered with a jump shot to deliver the 49-17 halftime score.
New Haven (16-7, 13-6 NE-10), which has won 13 of 15 NE-10 games since falling to the Dolphins on December 1, scored nine of the first 11 points of the second half to take its largest lead of the game (58-19) with 13:38 remaining. Anderson had four of the points, Adkins had a traditional three-point play and Williams made a fast-break lay-up.
New Haven's lead bounced between 33 and 38 points over the final 13 minutes as the teams traded baskets.
Le Moyne (11-12, 8-11 NE-10), which has dropped three straight games since getting to .500 in the NE-10, returns home to face Southern Connecticut State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.