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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:43 am

Polar Bears Outlast Monks, 75-69

STANDISH, Maine – Bowdoin College (3-0) outlasted Saint Joseph’s College (0-2), 75-69, with the help of an 87.5% (21-24) free-throw shooting effort in a non-conference men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) netted a game-high 29 points with eight rebounds and was 7-14 from three-point distance in a losing effort.

The Polar Bears managed to hold off a persistent Saint Joseph’s team by making nine of 10 shots from the free throw line in the closing 30 seconds. The Monks maintained a two-possession deficit until the very end, but ultimately ran out of time in what amounted to a thrilling home opener for the hosts.

The Monks led for the better part of the first half and, with the help of seven three-pointers, owned a 23-17 cushion after junior Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) connected on his only trifecta of the day with 8:19 before the break.

The Polar Bears responded with a 10-0 run, with senior Keegan Pieri (Camden, Maine) and junior Lucas Hausman (Westport, Conn.) scoring five points apiece, over the following 2:16 minutes to secure a 27-23 lead. Saint Joseph’s cut the deficit down to 31-30 after Simonds drained a three-pointer at the 3:52 mark, but Bowdoin closed out the first half with an 8-2 outburst and carried a 39-32 advantage going into intermission.

Simonds led all first-half scorers with 14 points while Hausman paced the Polar Bears with 11 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Trailing 55-46 with 10:17 remaining, Saint Joseph’s mounted an impressive 13-4 run, an offensive surge closed out with a traditional three-point play from senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) less than six minutes later. Bowdoin senior John Swords (Sudbury, Mass.), a 7’0” center, answered in kind with a three-point play of his own on the Polar Bears’ subsequent trip down the floor and SJC junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) dropped a three-pointer to knot the contest yet again, 62-62, with 2:55 left.
Bowdoin countered with five unanswered points with buckets from Matt Palecki (Southborough, Mass.) and Swords and a Bryan Hurley (Watertown, Mass.) freebie to stake a 67-62 cushion with 32 seconds on the clock. Simonds knocked down a jumper in the paint 12 seconds later and Diggs offset a pair of Hausman free throws to make it a 69-66 contest with 18 seconds to play. The Polar Bears essentially iced the game with four freebies from Hurley and a pair from Pieri, a 6-6 effort from the line that doubled a Luschenat three-pointer – his fifth of the day – in the closing seconds.

Saint Joseph’s shot 44.6% (25-56) overall, 44.4% (16-36) from three-point land, and 50% (3-6) from the FT line while Bowdoin shot 44.2% (23-52) from the floor, 36.4% (8-22) from downtown, and 87.5% (21-24) from the charity stripe in the triumph.

For the Monks, Luschenat netted a career-high 15 points while making five of eight three-point attempts, Blodgett added 14 points and a pair of steals, and Diggs tallied seven points, eight assists and five rebounds.

For the Polar Bears, Hausman totaled 19 points, Palecki recorded 13 points and five caroms, Swords posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards, and Pieri came off the bench to score 11 with six rebounds.

Saint Joseph’s is set to host Maine-Farmington on Monday night at 7:30 PM while Bowdoin travels to University of New England on Tuesday for a 7:30 PM tip-off.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:48 am

11/24/14 – Saint Joseph’s Topples Maine-Farmington, 54-34

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (1-2) outscored Maine-Farmington (0-3) by a 28-14 margin in the second half en route to securing a 54-34 win in a non-conference men’s basketball game at the Harold Alfond Center on Monday night. Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) recorded the third double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

With plenty of back and forth play in the first half, Beavers junior forward Nick Hilton (Wilton, Maine) made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 14-all with 4:42 before the break. Monks junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) followed by hitting a pair of three-pointers in a matter of 43 seconds to provide the hosts with a 20-14 cushion and sophomore guard Andrew Ruffen (Salem, N.H.) made a three of his own with 1:22 before the break to lift the Royal Blue to a 26-20 lead heading into intermission.

As it played out, the Monks would hold on to the lead for the remainder of the evening. A 7-0 run to start the second stanza, with five points from senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine), certainly helped the cause, although the Beavers fought back with an 8-0 surge – with all eight points being scored by junior guard Logan Nichols (Minot, Maine) - to cut their deficit down to 33-28 with 13:53 remaining.

The comeback bid by Maine-Farmington was cut short, however, as the Monks managed to produce a game-changing 16-0 offensive outburst over the following seven minutes, an effort the essentially put the game out of reach for the visitors.

For the Monks, Luschenat totaled 11 points, Ruffen came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points while shooting 75% (3-4) from downtown, and Blodgett contributed seven points, six rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) added six assists, three boards, two steals and a pair of blocked shots in the one-sided win. All 17 of the Monks’ players logged time and nine different players found the scoring ledger in tonight’s victory.

Nichols paced the Beavers with eight points while senior guard Pet Sumner (Cramerton, N.C.) added six points and four boards and senior center Uriah Forest-Bulley (Turner Falls, Mass.) pulled down a team-high seven caroms in a losing effort.

Saint Joseph’s held considerable advantages in rebounds (40-31), assists (18-5) and bench points (19-12) in the non-conference victory.

With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 53-19 in the history of the series with Maine-Farmington, a team that tipped the Monks by an 83-74 margin last season. Tonight’s scoring output by the Beavers is the lowest recorded in the 72-game history of the matchup. The previous low came in a 64-41 SJC victory on November 21st, 2006.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action this Sunday when the Monks travel to Gorham to face Southern Maine in the annual battle for the Costello Cup. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 PM.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:11 am

Monks Shoot Past Lasers, 75-63

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (2-3, 1-0 GNAC) shot 66.7% from the field in a 75-63 victory over Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) rival Lasell College (1-4, 0-1 GNAC) at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday evening. Monks senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) tallied 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds in what was the GNAC opener for both programs.

Saint Joseph’s owned a 29-20 lead after shooting 59.1% (13-22) from the floor in the first half and connected on 75% (15-20) from the field in the second stanza to help hold off a pesky Lasell team. The Lasers shot just 25% (8-32), including a 1-16 effort from three-point range, in the first half but fought back into play by posting solid 40% (14-35) and 50% (7-14) efforts, from the floor and beyond the arc, respectively, in the second stanza.
The Monks appeared to have put the game to bed early, as the hosts registered a 16-2 run midway through the first half to secure a 25-7 advantage. Simonds capped the outburst with a jumper off a Jake Downing (Simsbury, Conn.) pass with 5:07 remaining in the first frame. The Lasers responded with a 13-4 run of their own, with senior guard Angel Ortiz (East Lyme, Conn.) netting nine of his game-high 32 points, to cut the Lasell deficit down to a more manageable 29-20 tally at the break.

Freshman Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) led all first-half scorers with 10 points while Simonds totaled seven points in the opening 20 minutes for the Monks. Ortiz paced the Lasers with nine points in the first frame and junior forward Pat Marchand (Cranston, R.I.) added six points and six boards in the opening stanza.

Lasell began the second half with an 8-2 burst, as a Richard O’Brien (Manchester, N.H.) three-pointer cut the Monks’ cushion down to 31-28 with 16:55 left. Again, Saint Joseph’s looked to put the game on ice, this time by way of a 24-7 stretch, which spanned nearly nine minutes. The offensive surge was closed out by a Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) layup on a fast break - a play set up by a Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) steal and dish - which saw St. Joe’s claim a game-high 20-point (55-35) advantage with 7:03 left.
Making one last push, the Lasers doubled up the Monks, 22-11, over the following five minutes, cutting the SJC lead down to 66-57 with 2:19 on the clock. Ortiz almost singlehandedly lifted the visitors back into the conversation by scoring 16 points during the offensive burst. Saint Joseph’s managed to hold off the comeback-minded Lasers as five different players combined to make nine of 10 shots from the free throw line in the closing minutes.

For Saint Joseph’s, Richardson-Newton scored a career-high 16 points while shooting 6-7 from the field and 4-4 from the stripe, Downing added nine points, sophomore John Crawley (Fitchburg, Mass.) netted seven with four boards in 10 minutes off the bench, and Diggs totaled six points, seven assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals in the victory.

For Lasell, Ortiz poured in 32 points – including 23 in the second half alone - with the help of a 9-10 free-throw shooting performance, Marchand added eight points and eight rebounds, and O’Brien contributed eight points in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph’s dealt 24 assists on 28 field goals and held advantages in points in the paint (30-18), fast break points (12-0), and bench points (26-7) in the triumph. Lasell scored 21 points off 21 SJC turnovers while committing just 11 turnovers in the setback.

With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 10-8 in the history of the series with Lasell College, a team that split a pair of contests with the Royal Blue last season. The Monks defeated the Lasers, 81-70, at home on January 23rd and suffered a regular-season ending 77-68 loss at the hands of Lasell in Newton, Mass. on February 22nd.

Both teams return to action facing conference opponents on Thursday, when Saint Joseph’s plays at Emmanuel College at 7:30 PM and Lasell hosts crosstown rival Mount Ida College in a 7:00 PM tip-off.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:53 am

12/4/14 – Monks Hold Off Saints, 73-69
BOSTON, Mass. – Despite some late game heroics, the Emmanuel College men’s basketball team dropped a 73-69 decision to Saint Joseph’s College (ME) in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action Thursday evening at the Jean Yawkey Center. With the win, the Monks improve to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the GNAC while the loss drops the Saints to 2-5 and 0-2.
Saint Joseph’s opened the game on fire, converting its first five shots while holding EC scoreless to take a 10-0 lead just 2:24 into the action following a three point bucket from senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn. Maine). The run would prove to be too much for the Saints to overcome as the Monks never trailed during the conference tilt.

A thunderous dunk by Emmanuel sophomore forward Aidan Hadley (Owls Head, Maine) pulled Emmanuel to within seven points at 12-5 with 14:26 to play in the half but they wouldn’t get any closer in the opening stanza as the Monks controlled most of the play while shooting 56.5% from the field.

Following the dunk, Saint Joseph’s reeled off eight straight points including a three by junior guard Jake Downing (Simsbury, Conn.) to bump the lead to 15 points at 20-5 midway through the half. EC responded with a 7-0 spurt fueled by a deep triple from sophomore guard Kyle Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.) to cut the deficit to 20-12.
The squads would trade baskets for the remainder of the half as the Monks carried the early 10 point lead into halftime in front 33-23 at the break with Blodgett leading all scorers with 10 points.

The chess match continued during the first four minutes of the second half as two squads matched hoops to bring the score to 40-30 before the Monks posted back-to-back baskets to bump the lead to 44-30 and force Emmanuel to burn a timeout following a Blodgett layup.

Emmanuel regrouped and a three from EC sophomore guard Julian Diggs (Upper Marlboro, Md.) cut the Saint Joseph’s lead to single digits at 49-40 with 12:45 to play in regulation. A free throw from junior center Kyle Davis (Groveland, Mass.) made it 49-41 and one possession later, a three from junior forward John Clay (Westport, Mass.) pulled the hosts to within seven points at 51-44.

A jumper by Davis in the paint with 8:40 remaining made it a five point game for the first time since two minutes into the action at 51-46 but the Monks answered with a quick hoop by senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) to regain the seven point advantage at 53-46.

Back to back layups by Davis made it a one possession game at 53-50 but Saint Joseph’s junior guard Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) nailed a deep three followed by a layup from senior guard Jordan Tripp (Queens, N.Y.) to increase the lead to eight at 58-50. On the next possession, Blodgett converted a back-door layup to once again make it a 10 point game at 60-50 with 5:40 left.

Another Davis layup in transition kept EC close, pulling the Saints to a 62-56 score. After trading hoops to make it 64-58, Smith hit a runner on the baseline to cut the lead to 64-60. Emmanuel immediately fouled on the inbound to put Simonds at the line for the bonus and the senior connected on both for a 66-60 score.

EC freshman guard Colin Cordero (Bolton, Conn.) drained a jumper with 36 seconds left to make it 66-62 but Simonds converted two more free throws to keep it at six points at 68-62.

Diggs converted a trey in transition to make it 68-65. Emmanuel fouled his brother to put Diggs at the line for two. After converting the first, a lane violation gave the ball back to the hosts trailing 69-65. Smith came down to hit a runner in the lane to make it a two point game at 69-67 but the Monks remained solid from the line as freshman Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) converted two more free throws to keep it a two-possession game at 71-67 with 10.9 seconds left.

Emmanuel was able to bring the ball the length of the court and feed Davis in the paint for a turn around jumper to make it 71-69 with 3.2 seconds to play. The Monks struggled to inbound the ball but a heads up timeout by Richardson-Newton allowed them to retain the possession. Following the timeout, the Saints fouled Simonds with 2.0 seconds to play. Simonds calmly drained both to seal the 73-69 victory for Saint Joseph’s College.
Simonds led the way with a double-double collecting game-highs in points (19) and rebounds (10) while shooting a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. Blodgett chipped in with 18 points while Richardson-Newton was also in double-figures with 13 points.
Davis led the Saints with 19 points while Smith finished with 17.

The Saints return to action on Saturday when they head to Newton, Mass. for another GNAC contest against Mount Ida College at 1:00 PM. The Monks are idle until Dec. 30 when they head to the California to match up against Pomona-Pitzer.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:42 am

12/30/14 – Early Run Propels Monks Past Sagehens, 58-53

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Saint Joseph’s College (4-3) held a 23-5 lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half and held off a comeback bid late to defeat Pomona-Pitzer College (2-7), 58-53, in what was the Monks’ first of two games during a West Coast trip on Tuesday evening. The western swing concludes with a contest versus Occidental College tomorrow at 6:00 PM EST.

Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) led all players with 24 points while making all nine of his free throw attempts and shooting 5-11 from three-point distance. Senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) netted nine points and junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) chipped in with seven points to help the Monks win their third-consecutive contest. Prior to this evening, Saint Joseph’s had not played since posting a 73-69 victory at Emmanuel College on December 4th.

After falling behind 23-5, the Sagehens were able to clamp down on defense for the remainder of the half, and pulled within 27-21 at the break on a back-to-back three-pointers from senior guard Kyle McAndrews and freshman guard Hunter Lowry.

Lowry then scored 11 straight Pomona-Pitzer points in the second half on three three-pointers and a 15-foot jumper to bring the Sagehens all the way back to even at 43-43 with 9:09 to play. Blodgett broke the tie for the Monks with a shot in the paint, and Simonds hit a tough three-pointer from the left wing over the outstretched hand of senior guard Adrian Brandon to push the lead back up to five.

Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) had a key basket on a back cut with 1:47 to give the Monks a six point lead at 53-47, but the Sagehens were able to make it interesting late, as a Gibson Farone-Collins three-pointer with 19 seconds left made the score 55-53. Saint Joseph's split two shots at the line, and Lowry had a three to tie with eight seconds left that hit high off the rim, came down and hit off the rim a second time before bouncing off and falling into the hands of Blodgett, who was fouled and sealed the win by draining a pair of foul shots.

Senior guard Kyle McAndrews had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds (all defensive) while Lowry and Farone-Collins each had 14.

With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 5-1 all-time versus opponents hailing from the State of California. The Monks have not traveled to the Golden State since the 2005-06 campaign when the Royal Blue notched wins over UC-Santa Cruz and Colorado College at UCSC.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:34 am

Monks Squander 19-Point Lead, Fall to Occidental, 50-48

12/31/14 – Monks Squander 19-Point Lead, Fall to Occidental, 50-48

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Occidental College (4-3) overcame a 19-point deficit midway through the second half to edge Saint Joseph’s College (4-4), 50-48, in NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball action on Wednesday. Freshman forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) scored a game-high 12 points in the losing effort.

Occidental, which started the contest with a 3-24 effort from the field and posted a paltry 25.4% (15-59) effort overall, posted a 14-3 run around the 10-minute mark of the second half to crawl back into the game. The host Tigers claimed their only lead of the contest when it truly mattered, as senior guard Juwan Rice (Louisville, Ky.) rejected a Jordan Tripp (Queens, N.Y.) shot and sent a pass ahead to sophomore forward Andrew Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), who finished the play with a breakaway layup for the game-winning hoop.

The Monks, who capped their two-game West Coast trip with today’s contest, held a 22-11 halftime lead and extended their advantage to 19 points on the heels of a 10-2 run to open the second stanza. Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) capped the surge with a layup to lift the visitors to a 32-13 cushion with 13:48 remaining.

The aforementioned Occidental run followed shortly thereafter, as an Austin Hawk (Simi Valley, Calif.) three-pointer closed out the 14-3 outbreak and cut the hosts’ deficit down to 37-29 with 10:47 left to play.

Simonds made a three of his own with 4:18 on the clock to make it a 46-36 game, but the bucket turned out to be the Monks’ last of the day as the Royal Blue managed to make just a pair of free throws over the final four-plus minutes. In the meantime, Occidental methodically chipped away at the deficit and tied the game at 48-all when sophomore forward Taylor Walton (San Anselmo, Calif.) made a layup with 41 seconds remaining.
For Saint Joseph’s, senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) scored 10 points, junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) netted nine with six rebounds, and Simonds added seven points with eight rebounds.

Johnson, Rice and Hawk scored 10 points apiece to lead Occidental while Walton pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to help lead the Tigers to victory.

Occidental scored 18 points off 20 Saint Joseph’s turnovers and owned a 39-30 advantage on the glass on the afternoon.

Prior to today, Saint Joseph’s had not suffered a loss when the opponent shot less than 35% since Eastern Connecticut shot 34.4% from the floor in a 64-59 win over the Monks on November 19th, 2004. St. Joe’s owns a 43-2 record when foes post a field goal percentage below 35%. The Tigers’ 25.4% rate counts as the fifth-lowest since Head Coach Rob Sanicola ’99 took the reins in the fall of 2003.

The Monks return to action with a home contest versus conference-rival Mount Ida College on Tuesday, January 6th. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:38 am

1/6/15 – Monks Open New Year with GNAC Triumph

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (5-4, 3-0 GNAC) kicked off the New Year with an 82-65 victory over Mount Ida College (1-9, 0-4 GNAC) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday night. Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) totaled 26 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in the triumph.

Saint Joseph’s held the lead for the vast majority of play but Mount Ida, which netted 23 points off 13 SJC turnovers in a losing effort, maintained a two-possession deficit for the better part of the first half and threatened to claim the lead on a pair of occasions in the second stanza. Both times, the Monks responded with scoring runs to stave off the feisty Mustangs and remain undefeated in conference play.

The Monks shot 65.2% (15-23) from the field in the second half – 51.9% (28-54) overall – and posted a 94.7% (18-19) free throw shooting performance in the victory. Simonds, scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, led the impressive charity stripe effort by making all 12 of his attempts from the line.

Leading 35-27 at the break, Saint Joseph’s saw the cushion dwindle down to one point (46-45) after Mustangs freshman forward Kevin Conner (Mansfield, Mass.) converted a traditional three-point play 5:42 into the latter half. The Monks answered with nine unanswered points, as Simonds and freshman Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) combined to go 6-6 from the free throw line and sophomore guard Andrew Ruffen (Salem, N.H.) connected on a three to help the hosts claim a 55-45 advantage with 11:27 left.
Trailing 60-51 after Simonds drilled a three-pointer 83 seconds later, Mount Ida fought back into contention with five straight points from sophomore guard Ethan Dujon (Warwick, R.I.) to cut the margin down to 60-56 with 7:59 on the clock.

Head Coach Rob Sanicola ’99 called for a timeout after Dujon made it a four-point game with a fast break layup on a turnover and the information relayed by the 12th-year leader must have hit home, as the Royal Blue proceeded to put the game out of reach with a 14-0 run during a four-minute span. Simonds scored nine points during the offensive outbreak and put the finishing touches on the impressive run by making a pair of freebies, extending the hosts’ advantage to 74-56 with 4:32 remaining.

Simonds extended the Monks’ lead to 20 (82-62) with two free throws at the 3:29 mark as the hosts owned at least a 17-point cushion for the remainder of the conference contest.
For the Monks, Richardson-Newton tallied 12 points and six boards, senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) added 11 points, and junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) netted nine points. Senior guard Jordan Tripp (Queens, N.Y.) and junior guard Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) contributed seven points apiece on the evening.
Freshman guard Jayson Clark (Austin, Texas) paced the Mustangs with 18 points and six assists while Dujon netted 13 points and freshman forward Patrick McKearney (Avon, Conn.) chipped in with nine points and four caroms in a losing bid.

With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 16-1 in the history of the series with Mount Ida College.

Both teams resume GNAC play on Thursday, when the Monks travel to Johnson & Wales University for a 7:00 PM tip-off and the Mustangs host Anna Maria College in a 6:00 PM start.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:43 am

1/14/15 – Saint Joseph’s Blows Past Rivier, 71-49
NASHUA, N.H. – Saint Joseph’s College (6-6, 4-2 GNAC) defeated Rivier University (3-10, 2-4 GNAC), 71-49, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest on Wednesday evening. Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) led the Monks with 20 points and seven rebounds in the convincing victory.

Led by Simonds, who netted 16 first-half points off a 4-6 three-point shooting effort, Saint Joseph’s held a 41-32 advantage at intermission after posting a collective 60.9% (14-23) field goal percentage in the opening frame. The Monks opened the second stanza with an 18-3 run and owned a 59-35 cushion after Simonds finished the outburst with a layup and 8:22 remaining.

Saint Joseph’s led by at least 22 points for the rest of the evening, as the Raiders made just four field goals and shot 20% (4-20) from the floor – including an 0-8 performance from three-point distance – while scoring only 17 points in the second half.

The Monks held a game-high 28-point lead after junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) drained a three-pointer with 5:20 remaining in the second period.

For Saint Joseph’s, freshman forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) netted 16 points while shooting 5-6 from the floor and 6-7 from the free throw line, junior guard Jake Downing (Simsbury, Conn.) came off the bench to score 14 points in 19 minutes, and senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) added seven points and three rebounds.
Rivier freshman guard Andre Ruff (Lowell, Mass.) led all scorers with 27 points while shooting 5-9 from three-point land and 8-8 from the charity stripe.

With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 13-3 in the history of the series with Rivier University. The Raiders’ point total counts as the fewest scored by either team in the 16-game matchup.

Both teams resume GNAC play this Saturday afternoon, when Saint Joseph’s hosts Anna Maria College at 3:00 PM and Rivier travels to Suffolk University for a 1:00 PM tip-off.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:44 am

1/19/15 – Simonds Drops 40, Monks Defeat Mustangs, 75-64

NEWTON, Mass. – Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) poured in a career-high 40 points to help Saint Joseph's College (7-7, 5-3 GNAC) past Mount Ida College (2-13, 1-8 GNAC), 75-64, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's basketball contest on Monday afternoon.

Today's points tally by Simonds is the most by a Saint Joseph's player in the last 15 years, as only Travis Seaver '03, who netted 36 versus Thomas College on this exact date 15 years ago, has scored more than 35 points, a tally Simonds himself achieved against Albertus Magnus College on January 8th, 2013 for his previous career high.

Simonds, who earlier this season broke the program record for consecutive free throws made (38), added 11 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the year and also tallied seven assists and a pair of steals against Mound Ida this afternoon.

Saint Joseph's shot 66.7% from behind the three-point line (16-24), an effort which helped them erase a nine-point Mustangs lead in the final eleven and a half minutes.
Freshman Joey DeFillippi (Bristol, Conn.) led the Mustangs (2-13, 1-8 GNAC) with 17 points, hitting on 5-10 from behind the three point line. He also came up with four steals and dished out a pair of assists.

Saint Joseph's junior guard Jake Downing (Simsbury, Conn.) was 5-7 from deep himself for 15 points, and he hit triples on three consecutive possessions to cut into the Mustang lead, bringing it down to just two points with 8:30 to play after DeFillippi had given the home team a 48-57 lead.

Four of Downing's three-pointers, and one from Simonds, came during a 19-2 run over a span of eight minutes late in the second half in which the visitors held Mount Ida without a field goal and seized the lead. A Simonds layup made it 67-59 with five and a half minutes to play, but a three by DeFillippi and a layup by freshman Patrick McKearney (Avon, Conn.) kept Mount Ida in the game, trailing by just three points just under the three-minute mark.

Unfortunately, those were the last points the Mustangs would score, with Simonds connecting on eight free throws and a layup down the stretch to account for all of the Monks scoring in the final six minutes.

Simonds filled the stat sheet with a double-double effort that included 11 rebounds, a game-high seven assists, and two steals.

Mount Ida built an 8-0 lead to start the game, thanks to back to back three's by DeFillippi and John Oliver (North Babylon, N.Y.), and did well to weather Simonds' 24 point effort in the first half. Kevin Connor (Mansfield, Mass.), who would score nine points in the game, hit two three-pointers early on as well, the latter of which extended the lead to 15-5 for the home team, and a jumper by point guard Jayson Clark (Austin, Texas) gave the Mustangs their only double-digit lead, 17-5, with just under seven minutes gone.
Simonds went to work and scored the next ten points for the Monks, with Mount Ida only managing a three-pointer by senior Treace Macklin (Brockton, Mass.).

Downing also found his stroke for the first time, but the Mustangs clung to a seven point lead thanks to another three by DeFillippi.

The teams combined to attempt 53 three-pointers, and Simonds hit on his next two long-range efforts before he pulled his team into the lead with a pair of free-throws with 5:08 left in the first half.

The Monks would extend their lead to as much as six points in the first half, but Oliver ended the half with a three-pointer from the corner to send the teams to the break with Saint Joseph's ahead 39-36.

Ethan Dujon (Warwick, R.I.) and Clark each added ten points for the Mustangs, with Clark also dishing out five assists and picking up three steals.

McKearney scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and had two blocks and three steals.
The Monks had the advantage on the glass, with a 40-26 rebounding margin, helped by eight boards from Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) and seven rebounds from Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine), to go with five points, an assist, a block and a steal.
Monks junior Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) added six points and three assists, and was 2-4 from three-point range.

Mount Ida begins a two game road swing next Saturday afternoon when they travel to Rivier for a 1:00 pm GNAC contest.

The Monks have a pair of home games coming up, beginning Thursday evening when they host Norwich at 7:00 pm.

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Re: St. Joseph’s basketball - men:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:13 am

1/24/15 – Saint Joseph’s Falls to #9 Albertus Magnus, 80-66

STANDISH, Maine - #9 Albertus Magnus College (15-1, 10-0 GNAC) defeated Saint Joseph’s College (8-8, 6-4 GNAC), 80-66, in a rematch of the 2014 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Basketball Championship at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) notched his fifth double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

The conference rivals swapped the lead on six occasions in the first half as the Monks would not face no worse than a seven-point deficit for the entirety of the opening frame. Saint Joseph’s employed a 13-1 run early in the second stanza, an effort that cut the Falcons’ lead to 49-48 with 14:03 remaining, but Albertus immediately followed with a 20-3 run to all but clinch the conference victory.

Albertus Magnus senior forward Victor Ljuljdjuraj (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) led all contributors with 25 points and 14 boards in recording his 10th double-double of the year. The 6’8” post player added five blocked shots, four steals and three assists in the victory.

Saint Joseph’s junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) scored a career-high 21 points with three assists and was 7-8 from three-point distance on the afternoon. The first-year starter was 5-6 from downtown in the second half.

Leading 42-35 at the break, Albertus quickly obtained the first double-digit cushion of the day as Ljuljdjuraj grabbed a loose ball and dunked on a fast break and junior guard James Jennings (Bridgeport, Conn.) drilled a three 1:14 into the latter half to stake the visitors to a 47-35 lead.

The Monks answered with the aforementioned 13-1 scoring surge, which was capped with a Christien Morneweck (Burlington, Mass.) layup and cut the hosts’ deficit down to just one point with 14 minutes to play.

Unfortunately for Saint Joseph’s, the complexion of the contest turned south over the following nine minutes, a span during which the Falcons posted a 17-point advantage while shooting 8-12 from the field. In the meantime, the Monks were 1-9 from the floor with four turnovers as Albertus owned a 69-51 lead after the dust settled with 5:35 on the game clock.

St. Joe’s fought to remain within striking distance and cut the Falcons’ advantage to 12 (75-63) after Luschenat drilled a pair of three-pointers on consecutive possessions, but the Monks would get no closer as the teams essentially traded buckets down the stretch.
For the Monks, senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) scored nine points with five rebounds and three assists, freshman forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) added eight points and five caroms, and senior guard Jordan Tripp (Queens, N.Y.) chipped in with five points and four assists on the afternoon.

Including Ljuljdjuraj, all five of the Falcons’ starters posted double-digit scoring totals, as senior guard Tavon Sledge (Spring Valley, N.Y.) tallied 15 points, six assists and five rebounds, senior forward Lamar Larsen (Waterbury, Conn.) added 14 points and seven boards, senior guard Eian Davis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) totaled 10 points, nine assists and six caroms, and Jennings added 10 points during 10 minutes on the floor.

Although the result did not go their way, the Monks can take some solace in the fact that the Falcons’ point total in today’s contest is the fewest they have scored in a victory all season.

With the loss, the Monks fall to 8-10 all-time versus the Falcons, who have won four of the last five GNAC titles and advanced all the way to the NCAA DIII Tournament “Sweet 16” last winter.

Saint Joseph’s returns to the court on Tuesday night with a home contest versus Bates College starting at 7:00 PM. Albertus is also back in action Tuesday when the team hosts GNAC foe Mount Ida College in a 7:00 PM contest.

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