February 23, 2013

ADELPHI RALLIES FOR 63-51 WIN OVER MEN'S BASKETBALL

Garden City, N.Y. – John Calarco scored 22 points to lead Adelphi University to a 63-51 win over the Le Moyne College men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Center for Recreation and Sport.

Junior guard Nate Champion (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) led the Dolphins with 17 points, 10 of which came in the first half, while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Graduate student center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) registered 11 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Sophomore forward Ryan Romich (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable/Vermont Academy) led the Dolphins with seven rebounds.

Calarco hit five three-pointers in the second half as he registered 20 of his game-high 22 points after halftime, while finishing the game with a team-best six rebounds. Chris Ranglin recorded 14 points, including eight in the second half, and six rebounds off the bench.

After Bradley Simpson made a lay-up to open the game's scoring, the Dolphins tallied 13 of the next 15 points over a span of 3:18. Champion started the run with a jumper and then buried a pair of three-pointers, while Romich made a lay-up and capped the spurt with a three-pointer.

Simpson recorded a three-point play with 13:28 left to pull the Panthers within 13-7, but the Dolphins rattled off 11 of the next 13 points to take their largest lead of the game with 6:39 remaining in the half. Champion, Janson and freshmen Connor Mahoney (Hanover, Mass./BC High/Brooks School) and Qwadere Lovell (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) each had two points in the run before senior guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) drilled a three-pointer.

Adelphi responded with nine straight points and 15 of the final 17 points of the half to pull within 26-24 at the intermission. Nayquann Mitchell started the run with a lay-up, Sean Crawford followed with a three-pointer and two free throws and then Calarco made a fast-break lay-up. After a Janson dunk, Ranglin had a conventional three-point play and then buried a three-pointer.

Calarco opened the scoring in the second half with a three-pointer to give the Panthers the lead, but the Dolphins answered with six straight points for a 32-27 lead with 15:14 remaining. Janson had all six points on a dunk and four free throws.

After Anthony Libroia made a three-pointer and Romich made a lay-up, Adelphi registered a 12-1 run over a span of 3:15 to take control of the game. Calarco ignited the run with a three-pointer, Ranglin followed with a pair of lay-ups, Mitchell had a dunk and then Crawford nailed a three-pointer with 10:11 to play.

The teams then went back-and-forth over the next six and one-half minutes, with Adelphi's lead bouncing between five and nine points. Calarco nailed three three-pointers in the span, while Champion scored seven points and Lovell made two three-pointers.

Following a Champion lay-up with 3:46 remaining that pulled the Dolphins within 54-49, the Panthers scored nine straight points over a stretch of 2:53. Calarco had a conventional three-point play and then made a jumper, while Ranglin made a lay-up and converted two foul shots.

Le Moyne (12-13, 9-12 NE-10), which currently holds the 10th and final spot into the Northeast-10 Conference Championships. wraps up the regular season on Tuesday at home against Pace University at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the game, seniors Mohamed and Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick/UAlbany) will be honored by the Dolphin Athletic Association for their contributions to the program.