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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:08 am

1/27/15 – Simonds Listed on D3Hoops.com Team of the Week

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) has garnered D3Hoops.com Team of the Week honors, as announced by the organization on Tuesday.

Simonds enjoyed an epic week, averaging 30.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals with double-doubles in a trio of conference contests. The senior guard scored a career-high 40 points - the first GNAC player to reach the mark this winter and first SJC player to do so in 17 years - with 11 boards and seven assists in a win over Mount Ida College on Monday. The third-year starter followed up with 30 points, 10 caroms and five dimes in a victory over Norwich University on Thursday and tallied 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists versus #9 Albertus Magnus College on Saturday.

Overall, Simonds shot 64.3% (27-42) from the field, 62.5% (15-24) from three-point distance and 78.6% (22-28) from the free-throw line last week. He is the first player in team history to earn D3hoops.com Team of the Week honors.

Simonds leads the Monks in scoring (21.1 PPG), rebounding (8.2 RPG), three-pointers made (55), three-point percentage (48.2%), free throws made (62), free throw percentage (87.3%) and steals (21). He currently leads the conference in three-pointers made, three-point percentage, free throw percentage and points (337) and ranks second in total rebounds (132) and points per game. He is also third in rebounding and fourth in field goals made.

The Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware, is D3hoops.com's weekly honor roll, in its 17th season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.

Simonds joins WPI senior guard Sam Longwell, NYU junior guard Hakeem Harris, DeSales junior forward Cody Deal and Webster senior center Aaron Griffin on the January 27th D3Hoops.com Team of the Week.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:21 pm

Monks Fall in Overtime at Anna Maria, 105-104; Simonds Scores

1/31/15 – Men Fall in Overtime at Anna Maria, 105-104; Simonds Scores 1,000th Point
PAXTON, Mass. - Senior Corey Pryor (Whitinsville, Mass.) converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 1.2 seconds on the clock to lead the Anna Maria College men’s basketball team to a 105-104 overtime win against the Monks of Saint Joseph’s College on Saturday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action.

The win marks the ninth-straight for the AMCATS, who improve to 11-7 overall and 10-2 in GNAC action, while the loss drops the Monks to 8-9 overall and 6-5 in league play.
Saint Joseph’s senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) scored a game-high 37 points and became the 38th member of the Monks’ 1,000-Point Club when he drilled his second basket of the day, a three-pointer at the 14:40 mark of the first half. Classmate Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine), who scored 19 on the afternoon, was credited with an assist on the historic play.

Overall, Simonds connected on seven of his 11 three-point attempts and was 13-19 from the floor in the loss. As a team, the Monks scored 15 baskets in 27 attempts from behind the arc. Junior Jake Downing (Simsbury, Conn.) netted 16 points while shooting 4-6 from downtown and sophomore Andrew Ruffen (Salem, N.H.) was 3-3 from long distance en route to scoring a career-high 13 points.

Anna Maria had six players score in double-digits, led by junior Tyler Delorey (Worcester, Mass.) with 23 points. Classmate Patrick Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) scored 22 points, followed by freshman Youssef Fodaile (Worcester, Mass.) with 19 points.
Senior Quantez Franklin (South Yarmouth, Mass.), Pryor, and junior Kyle McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) added 15, 14, and 11 points, respectively.

Neither team held a comfortable lead in a game that saw an incredible 31 lead changes and 17 ties. Neither team led by more than seven points at any point in the contest—the Monks had a seven-point edge at the 8:45 mark of the first half, while the AMCATS held that same advantage at the 15:39 mark of the second half.

The first half ended in a deadlocked 42-42 score. Both teams scored 53 points each in the second half, concluding regulation at 95-95 to force overtime. The five-minute overtime period alone saw three lead changes and three ties. The Monks too the first lead of overtime following a pair of free-throws by Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine), but Delorey answered with a jumper to tie it again.

The Monks strung together back-to-back scoring possessions to take a four-point lead with 2:37 still to play, but Bradanese hit both ends of a set of free-throws and McKissick hit a layup to tie the score at 101-101.

With 30 seconds left, senior Michael Gorman (Methuen, Mass.) drew a foul on the top of the key and hit the first of two free-throws to put the AMCATS up by one. With nine seconds on the clock, Simonds drained a three to give control back to Saint Joseph’s.
It was Pryor’s turn to shine from there, as he nearly turned the ball over in the paint but recollected, drove to the hoop, and drained the layup as he was fouled. Tied at 104-104, Pryor calmly hit the free-throw, and the AMCATS escaped with the 105-104 win, despite two inbounds chances for the Monks in the final 1.2 seconds.

The AMCATS hit 64.1 percent of their field goal attempts (41-64) on the day, while the Monks posted a 57.8 percent effort from the floor (37-64). Anna Maria held a 52-38 advantage in points-in-the-paint and a 15-9 edge in points off turnovers. The Monks held a 37-33 advantage in bench points. Anna Maria outrebounded Saint Joseph’s 33-23.

Prior to this afternoon, Saint Joseph’s had not reached the century mark in points since putting up 103 in a win over Mount Ida College on January 19th, 2008. The Monks have scored 100 or more points 196 times in the team’s 44-year history. St. Joe’s has won 192 of these games – the last time the Monks lost when reaching triple digits occurred in a 147-103 setback at the hands of Grinnell College on January 2nd, 2004.

Anna Maria returns to action on Monday in a 7:00 p.m. game against Emmanuel. Saint Joseph’s hosts Rivier on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:24 am

Simonds Becomes 38th Member of Monks’ 1,000-Point Club

2/2/15 – Simonds Becomes 38th Member of Monks’ 1,000-Point Club

STANDISH, Maine – Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine/Bonny Eagle) became the 38th player in the 45-year history of the Saint Joseph’s College men’s basketball program to reach the 1,000-point mark in a 105-104 overtime loss at Anna Maria College on Saturday afternoon.

Five points shy of the milestone entering the game, Simonds surpassed the plateau when he drilled his second three-pointer of the day at the 14:40 mark of the first half. The third-year starter finished the day with a game-high 37 points while shooting 13-19 from the floor and 7-11 from beyond the arc in the closing seconds loss. Simonds also set a career-high in field goals made and tied his career-best in three-pointers made versus the AMCATS.

In the last 17 seasons (a span during which 12 players joined the 1,000-Point Club), no player has scored more points in the game in which they reached the milestone than Simonds’ total versus Anna Maria. Senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) was credited with an assist on Simonds’ 1,000th point bucket.

Simonds currently has 1,032 points over 84 career games - a total that includes 67 starting nods. One of the best sharpshooters in team history, he owns a 46.5% (335-721) field goal percentage along with a 41.8% (193-462) rate from three-point range and an 86.2% (169-196) mark from the charity stripe. He is the Monks’ all-time leader in free throw percentage and ranks third in three-point success and fifth in three-pointers made.
The senior guard has also registered 380 rebounds, 192 assists and 70 steals during his career. Simonds has posted eight double-doubles over four seasons, including six this winter.

Simonds leads the Monks in nearly every statistical category this season, including scoring average (22.0), rebounding average (8.0), three-point percentage (49.6%), free-throw percentage (86.8%), field goals made (123), three-pointers made, free throws made (66) and steals. He is also second on the squad in field goal percentage (56.2%) and assists average (3.5).

He currently leads the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in points (374), three-pointers made, three-point percentage and free-throw percentage and ranks second in scoring average with the third-highest rebounding average in the league.
He is the 10th player to join the SJC 1,000-Point Club during the tenure of Head Coach Rob Sanicola '99, who is currently in his 12th year at the helm for the Monks. Simonds joins former teammates Nicholas Jobin ’14, Matthew Medeiros ’14, Zach O’Brien ’12 and Chris Petzy ’12 on the exclusive list of Saint Joseph’s players who have reached the prestigious plateau.

The feat is particularly impressive considering the fact that he essentially reached the plateau in three seasons, as Simonds scored just 24 points during his freshman campaign, averaging 1.5 PPG in 6.1 minutes of playing time per contest. No member of the Monks’ 1,000-Point Club has scored fewer points in their first season and, as a result, Simonds needed 342 points to reach the milestone this season. Only five members of the SJC Club required more points to hit the mark during their senior campaign.

Steve is the son of former SJC Athletic Director Rick Simonds, who posted a 466-176 (.726) career record in 23 seasons (1979-03) as the Monks' head basketball coach. The elder Simonds, who registered 13 20-win seasons with 11 conference titles and six NAIA National Tournament appearances, was inducted into the Saint Joseph's College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and still owns the highest winning percentage in College history with a mark that also ranks sixth all-time in NCAA DIII Basketball history.

Saint Joseph’s (8-9, 6-5 GNAC) is set to host GNAC-rival Rivier University at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:18 am

GNAC Tabs Simonds as Player of the Week


2/3/15 – GNAC Tabs Simonds as Player of the Week

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) has been selected as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon.

Simonds scored 37 points with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 105-104 overtime loss to Anna Maria on Saturday, the Monks’ lone contest of the week. The senior guard was 7-of- 11 from three-point distance, and 13-of-19 overall, while becoming the 38th member of the Monks’ 1,000-Point Club in the contest.

The third-year starter currently leads the conference in points (374), three-pointers made (62), three-point percentage (49.6%) and free-throw percentage (86.8%). He also ranks second in the GNAC in scoring average (22.0 PPG), third in rebounding average (8.0 RPG), and fourth in minutes per game (33.0 MPG), field goals made (123) and total rebounds (136).

For Simonds, the Conference Player of the Week honor is the first of his career. He became the first Saint Joseph’s player to garner D3Hoops.com Team of the Week accolades last reporting period.

Simonds is the eighth SJC men’s basketball player to collect GNAC Player of the Week mention and first since former teammate Nicholas Jobin ’14 claimed the honor on January 27th, 2014. Current Assistant Coach Elbie Murphy ’09 and Tyler Kelley ’11 both earned a pair of weekly honors during their respective careers while Scot Vachon ’09, Ray Eatmon ’10, Zach O’Brien ’12 and Chris Petzy ’12 were selected as the GNAC Player of the Week on one occasion apiece.

Saint Joseph’s (8-9, 6-5 GNAC) will host GNAC-rival Rivier University on Wednesday at 7:30 PM.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:03 am

2/4/15 – Can’t-Miss Monks Ransack Raiders, 97-68

STANDISH, Maine – Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) netted 36 points with 10 rebounds and five assists to help lift Saint Joseph’s College (9-9, 7-5 GNAC) past Rivier University (3-16, 2-10 GNAC), 97-68, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday evening.

The Monks owned a sizeable 54-37 lead heading into intermission after shooting 68.8% (11-16) from three-point distance and 63.6% (14-22) from the floor overall in the opening 20 minutes. Simonds scored 27 points in the first half alone, as the senior made six of eight bids from downtown and went 7-8 from the free throw line before the break.

The most recent member of the Monks’ 1,000-Point Club, Simonds continued his hot streak and made a team-record nine three-pointers in tonight’s victory. Prior to this evening, several SJC players drained eight treys in a single contest, with the most recent effort coming over 16 years ago when Carl Howell ’99 nailed eight on December 2nd, 1998 against Atlantic Union. Simonds, the February 2nd GNAC Player of the Week, has averaged 32.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists over the last five contests and currently leads the conference with a 22.8 PPG average.

Saint Joseph’s opened tonight’s conference contest with nine unanswered points and held a 28-5 cushion after junior Jake Downing (Simsbury, Conn.) made a freebie at the 12:27 mark of the first half. The Monks connected on nine-consecutive three-point attempts and did not misfire from beyond the arc until 13:38 elapsed in the opening frame.

The Raiders posted a meager rally late in the first half, as the visitors trailed 45-31 after junior guard Cullen Donovan (Wethersfield, Conn.) capped a 10-1 run with a jumper at the 3:52 mark. Unable to overcome the Monks’ impressive shooting effort, Rivier would get no closer to the lead as Saint Joseph’s held a 54-37 cushion at halftime.

The Monks kicked off the second stanza with an 11-4 scoring burst, as back to back buckets from senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) closed the run and extended the hosts’ lead to 65-43 with 16:45 on the clock. St. Joe’s led by at least 20 points for the remainder of play and secured a game-high 32-point advantage after freshman guard Ruben Ramirez (Midland, Texas) connected on a pair of free throws, lifting the Royal Blue to a 90-58 cushion with 3:06 left to play.

Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 56.3% (27-48) from the field, 54.8% (17-31) from three-point range, and 72.2% (26-36) from the free throw line. Rivier countered by shooting 44.9% (22-49) from the floor, 21.1% (4-19) from downtown, and 80% (20-25) from the charity stripe.

Ten different players scored in the win for the Monks, as Blodgett totaled 13 points, Downing added 12 in just seven minutes of playing time, and Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) and Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) scored nine points apiece. Ramirez netted the first eight points of his career with four steals in nine minutes, while John Crawley (Fitchburg, Mass.), Reid Duglenski (Waterbury, Conn.), Sean Ford (Auburn, Maine) and Christian Nidoy (Anchorage, Alaska) all found the scoring ledger in the lopsided win.
Junior guard Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) dealt a game-high seven assists for Saint Joseph’s.

For Rivier, freshman guard Andre Ruff (Lowell, Mass.) scored 17 points with the help of an 8-8 effort from the free throw line while Kevin Francis (Cromwell, Conn.) and Kywane Thomas (Hartford, Conn.) tallied 11 points apiece in the losing effort.
Saint Joseph’s recorded 25 assists on 27 field goals and held a 16-9 advantage in points off turnovers on the evening.

With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 14-3 all-time versus Rivier University and has now defeated the Raiders in 13 consecutive meetings dating back to the 2008-09 season. Tonight’s point total (97) by the Monks is the most scored by either team in the 17-game history of the series.

Both teams hit the road for conference contests this Saturday, when Saint Joseph’s plays at Norwich University in a 1:00 PM start and Rivier travels to Anna Maria College for a 3:00 PM tip-off.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:18 am

2/7/15 – Monks Topple Cadets, 75-56

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Saint Joseph’s College (10-9, 8-5 GNAC) topped Norwich University (7-13, 4-10 GNAC), 75-56, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest on Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) led four Monks in double-digits with a game-high 19 points in the victory.

Saint Joseph’s held the Cadets’ starting five to just 16 points on a combined 5-22 shooting performance and netted 22 points off 19 Norwich turnovers in the lopsided win. The Monks opened the conference contest with 12 unanswered points, all by way of the three-pointer, and never trailed in the winning effort.

For Saint Joseph’s, senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) tallied 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals, senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) added 18 points, and freshman forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) contributed 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds to round out the Monks’ quartet of double-digit scorers.

Junior forward Alex Preckol (Westford, Mass.) led Norwich with 15 points, freshman guard Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) totaled 14 points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds, and junior guard Gary Gladden (Boyton Beach, Fla.) and freshman center Mike Hogervorst (Leiden, Netherlands) contributed six points apiece in the losing bid.

After the Monks jumped out to the quick lead, scoring four treys in just under four minutes into the contest, the Cadets finally found the scoreboard on a pair of free throws by Hogervorst, followed by a layup from sophomore forward Kevin Ross (Ontario, Calif.) before Saint Joseph’s Steve Simonds drilled the rock from beyond the arc for the 15-4 score at the 13:48 mark.

The Cadets would cut the deficit to a five-point margin, thanks to an 8-0 run with Preckol drilling in a pair of three-pointers for the 17-12 score at the 9:24 mark. The Monks took control of Norwich’s turnovers and expanded the lead to 19 points for the 39-20 score at the break.

The Cadets looked to bounce back in the second half, posting seven points to the Monks’ four in the first five minutes of the frame. Saint Joseph’s would regroup and utilize its strongest weapon, shooting the rock into the net from beyond the arc as Simonds nailed his fifth trey of the game at the 5:24 mark to make it 65-46 in favor of the Monks. The Cadets would add 10 more points however, Saint Joseph’s would put up nine more points to pull in front by double-figures for the 75-56 win.

The Cadets were outrebounded 33-27 and committed 19 turnovers to Saint Joseph’s 15. The Monks finished 24-of-52 from the field, including 12 three-point field goals, while Norwich only connected on 18 of its 45 attempts. Both teams posted similar numbers at the free throw line with the Cadets posting a 15-20 performance.

Both teams face conference opponents on Tuesday evening, when Saint Joseph’s hosts Suffolk University and Norwich travels to Emmanuel College. Both GNAC tilts are slated to begin at 7:00 PM.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:47 am

Monks Sweep GNAC Weekly Honors


2/10/15 – Monks Sweep GNAC Weekly Honors

STANDISH, Maine – The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) weekly honors have been released and a pair of Saint Joseph’s College men’s basketball players have collected accolades.

Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) has been selected as the GNAC Player of the Week for the second-consecutive reporting period while freshman forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) is the GNAC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

Simonds averaged 27.0 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 5.0 APG while shooting 58.3% (14-24) from three-point range and 80% (8-10) from the FT line in a 2-0 week for Saint Joseph's. He turned in a terrific performance on Wednesday night, when he scored a game-high 36 points - including 27 in the first half - while breaking the Monks' single-game three-point FG record with nine trifectas versus Rivier University. The senior guard also pulled down 10 rebounds with five assists against the Raiders and totaled 18 points with five boards, five dimes and three steals versus Norwich University on Saturday.

Richardson-Newton averaged 10.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 2.5 APG while shooting 66.7% from the floor and 75% from the FT line last week. The freshman forward, who earned his first GNAC weekly honor on December 8th, was one rebound shy of his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and nine boards in the triumph over the Cadets on Saturday afternoon.

Simonds leads the conference in scoring (22.5 PPG), points (428), three-pointers made (71), three-point percentage (51.0%) and free throw percentage (86.0%) and also ranks third in field goals made (139), fourth in rebounds (151) and rebounds average (7.9), fifth in field goal percentage (56.0%) and sixth in assists 69). As of February 8th, Simonds ranks second in NCAA DIII in three-point percentage and 10th in scoring.

Richardson-Newton currently leads the team in field goal percentage (57.3%) – the fourth-highest mark in the GNAC - and ranks second on the squad in rebounding (3.8 RPG) and third in both scoring (9.8 PPG) and field goals made (71). No St. Joe’s player has averaged as many as 9.8 PPG during their freshman season since Chris Davis posted the same mark in 2007-08.

Simonds is the only player to claim GNAC Player of the Week honors in back to back weeks since Saint Joseph’s began play in the conference in 2007. Richardson-Newton also earns distinction as the only SJC player to collect a pair of GNAC Rookie of the Week awards during this same span.

Saint Joseph’s returns to the hardwood this evening with a home conference contest versus Suffolk University. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:10 am

NCAA M. BASKETBALL: Monks Win See-Saw Battle with Rams, 76-69


2/11/15 – Monks Win See-Saw Battle with Rams, 76-69

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (11-9, 9-5 GNAC) defeated Suffolk University (7-14, 4-9 GNAC), 76-69, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday night. Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) posted his eighth double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.

Tonight’s game, which featured 17 lead changes and 11 tie scores, was one of the most tightly-contested tilts of the season, as neither team owned more than a seven-point lead and the game was not decided until the final minutes. Trailing 66-64 with 3:28 remaining, the Monks produced the final score swing of the night with a 12-3 run, a stretch that included an 8-10 performance from the free throw line and ultimately clinched the conference triumph.

For Saint Joseph’s, senior forward Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) tallied 14 points and five rebounds, freshman forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) added 11 points and five boards, and junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) contributed eight points in the victory.

Junior guard Branden Barboza (Riverside, R.I.) led all Suffolk scorers with 21 points while junior forward Jake Meister (Madison, N.J.) netted 19 with a team-high eight rebounds and junior guard Caleb Unni (Winchester, Mass.) chipped in with 12 points in a losing effort.

The Rams led 9-4 after four players connected on shots in the opening three minutes of play, but the Monks rebounded with eight unanswered points – including threes from Simonds and Andrew Ruffen (Salem, N.H.) - to claim their first lead of the night. Unni and Meister connected on three-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor to lift Suffolk to a 15-12 edge with 14:52 left in the opening frame, and the see-saw battle continued, as the lead changed hands four times leading up to the break, when the Rams held a 37-36 advantage.

Simonds led all first-half scorers with 14 points while Meister and Unni netted 12 points apiece for the Rams in the opening 20 minutes.

The Monks started the second stanza with an 8-3 run as the Royal Blue held a 44-40 lead after Luschenat drained a three-pointer with 18:02 on the game clock. Seven lead changes ensued over the following 12 minutes, a span during which neither team held more than a five-point cushion.

Junior guard Jerome Diggs (Washington, D.C.) and Barboza swapped layups during a 90-second window to make the score 66-64 in favor of the visitors with 3:49 left. Blodgett then kicked off the previously mentioned 12-3 run with a freebie and a layup, lifting the hosts to a lead that would not be relinquished.

The closing seconds proved to be tenuous as well, as the Rams cut their deficit to 71-69 when Meister banked in a long three-pointer from the right with 33 seconds left. With the help of a 6-6 free-throw shooting performance in the final minute from Simonds, the Monks were able to hold off the visitors and claim an important conference victory.
With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 13-2 all-time versus Suffolk University, a team the Monks have defeated in four-consecutive meetings.

Due to several weather-related postponements, these two teams will face off again tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM in Boston.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:41 pm

2/14/15 – Monks Cruise Past Saints, 70-47
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (12-10, 9-6 GNAC) toppled Emmanuel College (8-14, 6-10 GNAC), 70-47, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) netted a game-high 26 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the important conference win.
Saint Joseph’s held the lead from wire to wire as the hosts opened with the game’s first seven points and were ahead by a 30-8 margin after sophomore guard Andrew Ruffen (Salem, N.H.) connected on his third three-pointer of the opening frame at the 3:55 mark. The Monks carried a harrowing 34-12 cushion into intermission and led by at least 14 points for the duration of the conference contest.
St. Joe’s posted a 56.5% (13-23) shooting performance from the field in the first half and improved upon the number with a 57.1% (8-14) effort in the second stanza. Emmanuel countered by shooting just 17.2% (5-29) from the floor – including an 0-9 three-point performance - in the opening frame, but rebounded with a solid 44.4% (16-36) clip after the break, as the visitors played essentially even with the Monks holding a slim 36-35 edge in the second half.
Overall, the Saints launched 24 three-point attempts and made just one – a Josh Bushman (Hurst, Texas) trey at the 14:33 mark of the second half – in the losing bid.
For the Monks, Ruffen registered 11 points and six rebounds, junior guard Craig Luschenat (Boston, Mass.) added nine points, freshman forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) tallied eight points and five rebounds, and senior guard Jordan Tripp (Queens, N.Y.) chipped in with seven points, three assists and three caroms.
Junior center Kyle Davis (Groveland, Mass.) paced the Saints with 16 points and eight rebounds, Bushman and junior forward John Clay (Westport, Mass.) produced nine points apiece, and sophomore guard Kyle Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.) contributed six points, four boards and three assists on the afternoon.
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 15-2 all-time versus Emmanuel College, a team the Monks defeated by a 73-69 margin earlier this season in Boston on December 4th. St. Joe’s has now defeated the Saints in six-consecutive meetings. Today’s point total by Emmanuel is the fewest scored by either team in the 17-game history of the matchup.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action on Monday evening when the team hosts Bates College, in a game that has already been postponed twice, at 7:00 PM. The Saints travel to Albertus Magnus College on Monday night for a 7:00 PM conference contest.

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Re: St. Joseph’s basketball - men:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:34 pm

2/17/15 – GNAC Hat Trick for Simonds
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine/Bonny Eagle) has collected Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the third-consecutive reporting period.
Simonds averaged 22.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game in a 2-1 week for the Monks. The three-year starter scored 26 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals against Emmanuel on Saturday. Simonds also posted two double-doubles in as many games against Suffolk, going for 22 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over the Rams on Wednesday before contributing 19 points and 10 boards in a loss on Thursday.
The senior guard currently averages 21.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game and sports shooting percentages of 52.1% (160-307) from the floor, 46.7% (84-180) from three-point distance, and 88.8% (95-107) from the free throw line through 23 contests. He leads the conference in scoring average, total points (499), three-pointers made and FT% and is also second in the league in 3FG%, rebounds (189) and rebounding average and third in field goals made.
Simonds became the 38th member of the Monks’ 1,000-Point Club in a loss to Anna Maria College on January 31st and currently has 1,157 points over 90 career contests, making him the 24th leading scorer in program history.
With this week’s award, Simonds becomes just the second Saint Joseph’s athlete to claim a GNAC Player of the Week honor for three-consecutive reporting periods since the Monks joined the conference in the fall of 2007. Sophomore golfer Michael Caron (Gorham, Maine), who posted an amazing streak of five-consecutive Player of the Week accolades this fall, is the other individual. Simonds is one of just six SJC athletes to collect three Player of the Week nods in the same season, as he joins Caron, Luke Enman ’08 (Baseball), Emily Leverone ’12, Sarah Hawkes ’13 (Volleyball) and Kyle Shangraw ’14 (Men’s Soccer) on the short list.
Saint Joseph’s plays at Lasell College tonight in a GNAC contest slated to begin at 8:00 PM.
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