Stonehill Rolls Past Holy Family, 84-62

Junior Ivan Almeida led the way with 17 points, six rebounds a pair of steals and assists. (PHOTO BY Bert Lane) 

Almeida leads balanced Skyhawks effort with 17 points

WORCESTER, Mass. (December 30, 2010) – Stonehill College posted its third-straight win with an 84-62 decision over Holy Family University on day two of the 2010 East Region Classic, hosted by Assumption College, in non-conference men's basketball action at Laska Gymnasium this afternoon.

Junior swingman Ivan Almeida (Praia, Cape Verde) led another balanced scoring effort for Stonehill with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including 1-for-2 from three point range, to go with six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore Brian Hamor (Guilderland, N.Y./Bishop Gibbons) added 14 points off the bench on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor, a career-best seven rebounds and four assists, while senior Daniel Heppert (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) posted 12 points, shooting 3-for-5 from the floor and 6-for-7 at the free-throw line, to go with a game-high nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Junior Patrick Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points (all first half) and four rebounds, while senior Mike Kernan (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) chipped in nine points and seven boards.

Junior Sam Mushman (Hackettstown, N.J./Pope John XXIII) led Holy Family with 14 points off the bench as he made 4-of-8 from the field and converted all six free-throw attempts to go with four rebounds and two blocks. Freshman Alberto Munoz (Morrisville, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) added 13 points, four rebounds and five steals, while classmate Rashaad Sneed (Durham, N.C./Hillside) posted 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Sophomore Brian Hamor came off the bench to net 14 points and pull down a career-best seven rebounds to go with four assists. (PHOTO BY Bert Lane)

Stonehill finished shooting 47.5-percent (29-for-61) from the field and a 47-35 rebounding advantage for the afternoon. The Skyhawks outscored Holy Family 16-9 in points off turnovers, 14-4 on the fast break and 16-10 for second chance points. The Tigers were held to 31.3% (21-67) shooting from the field, including 10-for-35 (28.6%) in the first half as the Skyhawks built a 16-point halftime lead (40-24).

Stonehill closed out the first half with a 20-6 run to extend a two-point (20-18) lead with 9:09 left before halftime into a 16 point (40-24) advantage at the break, scoring the final eight points of the frame – four by Hamor. Junior Andre Tongo (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) canned two key three-pointers during the closing run as well.

Holy Family closed within ten (41-31) after a Munoz three less than two minutes into the second half, but Stonehill reeled off a 12-1 spree over the next three plus minutes to open a 21-point lead (53-32) after a Hamor free-throw with 14:53 to play. Heppert sparked the run with a three-point play and totaled five points in all during that stretch. The Skyhawks used a 10-0 run to push their lead to a game-high 28 (63-35) on a three-point play off a dunk from Almeida with 12:18 to go and was never threatened the rest of the way.

Stonehill (8-3, 3-3 NE-10) is back in action on Sunday when it rings in the New Year with a Northeast-10 Conference matchup at the University of Massachusetts Lowell at 4 p.m. The Skyhawks return home for the first time in over a month next Wednesday, January 5, to host Southern Connecticut State University at 7:30 p.m. Holy Family (2-10, 0-2 CACC) hosts the University of Sciences on Tuesday at 8 p.m.