New Haven Rallies Past Stonehill, 55-49

Junior Raheem May-Thompson led the Skyhawks with 13 points off the bench to go with five rebounds and three blocks. (PHOTO BY Bert Lane)

Free throw shooting proves the difference in defensive struggle

EASTON, Mass. (January 3, 2012) – The University of New Haven used a second half surge to claim a 55-49 victory over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Merkert Gymnasium tonight.

Both teams finished shooting 32.7-percent (17-for-52) from the field, with Stonehill hitting slightly better from three-point range at 26.1% (6-23), compared to 3-of-15 (20%) for New Haven. However, the Chargers converted 18-of-30 (60%) free-throw attempts, compared to 9-of-18 (50%) for the Skyhawks, on the night.

Junior Ade Barek (London, England) led New Haven with a double-double of 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in 24 minutes, while freshman Eric Anderson (Newark, N.J./Newark Tech) added 12 points, four rebounds, seven blocked shots and two assists. Sophomore Jeffery Adkins, Jr. (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) chipped in nine points and five boards.

Junior Raheem May-Thompson (London, England/Towson (Md.) Catholic) led Stonehill with 13 points off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting, converting 3-of-4 free-throws, to go with five rebounds and three blocks. Senior Patrick Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) added 12 points, hitting 2-of-3 three-pointers, a team-high nine rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Junior Brian Hamor (Schenectady, N.Y./Bishop Gibbons) contributed ten points, three assists and three boards, while classmate Adam Fazzini (Drums, Pa./Crestwood) chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.

Senior Patrick Lee finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals. (PHOTO BY Bert Lane)

New Haven rebounded from 18.5-percent (5-for-27) shooting in the first half to hit at 48% (12-25) in the second, while Stonehill went from shooting 37% (10-27) in the opening frame to 7-for-25 (28%) over the final 20 minutes. New Haven posted a 42-39 rebounding edge.

Stonehill led by 11 (28-17) at the break, but went scoreless over the opening 4:40 of the second half as New Haven trimmed its deficit to four (28-24) after a conventional three-point play from Barek. Fazzini answered with a three, but the Chargers would cut the gap to a point (33-32) with a pair of free-throws by Anderson with 11:18 remaining.

Hamor drilled a three-pointer and May-Thompson converted a pair of free-throws to push the Stonehill lead back to six (38-32) with 9:36 to play. New Haven forced a tie (38-38) with an Anderson layup with 7:39 on the clock and then took its first lead since early in the game when Adkins answered a Fazzini jumper with a three-pointer (41-40) with 7:03 left.

Hamor drained another three-pointer to put Stonehill back in front (47-46) with 4:50 to go, but two-straight baskets by Barek sent New Haven back on top (50-47) with 3:21 left. After Hamor scored a layup with 2:29 remaining to pull Stonehill within a point (50-49), the Skyhawks would miss its final five shots from the field, as well as a pair of free-throw attempts, the rest of the way while New Haven did enough at the free-throw line to seal its eighth-straight win.

New Haven jumped out to an early four point lead (7-3) after a jumper from Anderson 3:27 into the contest. Stonehill regained the lead (9-7) after a dunk from freshman Jack Cole (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) with 14:04 to play and extended the margin to seven (19-12) when Fazzini split a pair of free-throws with 6:46 left in the half. The Skyhawks pushed the lead to a game-high 11 (26-15) when junior Sam Markle (Bethany, Conn./Saint Thomas More) drilled a three with 2:02 left before the half.

Stonehill (8-4, 5-3 NE-10) is back on action on Saturday when it visits The College of Saint Rose for a Northeast-10 matchup at 3:30 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Saturday, January 14, to host Le Moyne College at 3:30 p.m. New Haven (10-2, 6-2 NE-10) hosts Merrimack College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.