Southern Conn. State Quiets Stonehill, 110-84
Freshman Ryan Logan led the Skyhawks with 13 points and seven rebounds. (PHOTO BY Emily Reynolds)
Owls ride three 20 point scorers to fourth straight win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (January 22, 2014) – Southern Connecticut State University, among teams receiving votes in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II poll, claimed a 110-84 triumph over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Moore Fieldhouse tonight.
Senior Greg Langston (Stratford, Conn./St. Joseph's), junior Tylon Smith (Manchester, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) and sophomore DeShawn Murphy (Hamden, Conn./Hyde School) combined to score 63 points with all posting 20-point outings to lead Southern Connecticut State to its fourth straight win. Smith led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, while converting 4-of-5 free-throws to go with four rebounds, six assists and two steals. Murphy added 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, and converting 2-of-3 free-throws to go with two rebounds, while Langston contributed 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 2-for-4 from deep, and converting all four free-throws with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Junior Luke Houston (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) posted 16 points, nine rebounds (six offensive) and two steals for the Owls. Freshman Michael Mallory (Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross) rounded out Southern's five double-figure scorers with 12 points, connecting on 4-of-6 three-pointers, with four assists and three boards.
Freshman Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) led Stonehill with 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting, converting his lone three-point attempt and all four free-throws, to go with seven rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Stuart McEwen (Sydney, Australia/Saint Thomas More (Conn.)) added a career-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, converting his lone free-throw attempt with three rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Pierce Cumpstone (Bainbridge Township, Ohio/Kenston) contributed 11 points, two boards and a blocked shot off the bench, while classmate Carter Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) chipped in nine points, six rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore Stuart McEwen added a career-best 12 points tonight. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)
Southern Connecticut shot 48.8-percent (41-for-84) from the field, including a blistering 58.6% (17-for-29) from three-point range, on the night as it converted 11-of-14 (78.6%) free-throws. The Owls hit 10-of-14 (71.4%) three's in the second half after shooting 52.4% (22-42) from the floor in the first half. The Owls turned the ball over just eight times, compared to 19 for Stonehill, and finished with a 22-6 advantage in points off turnovers. The Skyhawks shot 43.2% (32-74) from the field, including 45.7% (16-35) in the first half, and made 9-of-22 (40.9%) three-pointers and converted 11-of-17 (64.7%) free-throws.
Stonehill scored eight of the first 11 points to stake out an early five point lead after back to back three-pointers from sophomores Adam Bramanti (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) and Josh Heyliger (Queens, N.Y./The Hill School) in the opening two minutes. Southern followed with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to take a four point lead (14-10) with back to back baskets by Smith after Murphy knotted the score with a three-pointer.
A basket by freshman Jimmy Walsh (Manasquan, N.Y./Manasquan) and a pair of free-throws by Logan knotted the score at 14-14 five minutes into the half. Langston gave Southern a three point lead (17-14) with 14:23 remaining in the half, but Stonehill grabbed the lead back (18-17) with jumpers from Walsh and Smith just a minute later.
Southern Connecticut started to take over from there, using a 13-0 run to open a 12 point lead (30-17) on a Houston layup with 11:17 remaining in the half. Smith and Mallory sparked the run with three-pointers for the Owls. Southern pushed the lead to 15 (35-20) after another Mallory three with 9:08 left, but Stonehill scored eight straight points, keyed by a pair of Smith triples, to draw back within seven (35-28) with 8:17 on the clock.
Southern answered with eight straight points of its own to reclaim the 15 point (43-28) edge after a Smith layup with 6:04 left. The Southern lead was 14 (52-38) after a Cumpstone layup for Stonehill with 1:55 remaining in the half and then the Owls reeled off seven straight points to open a 21 point cushion (59-38) following three point play from Murphy with 48-seconds to play.
Southern settled for an 18 point (59-41) halftime lead but quickly pushed the advantage to 25 (70-45) after a Murphy tip-in two and a half minutes into the second half. The Owls lead wouldn't dip below 20 points the rest of the way, peaking at 36 (97-61) after a Murphy three with 7:18 remaining.
Stonehill (5-11, 2-9 NE-10) returns home on Saturday to host the University of New Haven at 3:30 p.m. The College will honor its 1989 NE-10 Championship winning team as well as formally induct Jon Cronin, '92, into the NE-10 Hall of Fame that afternoon. Southern Connecticut State (15-2, 9-2 NE-10) visits 21st-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.