#23 Stonehill Edges Out Saint Michael’s, 51-47

Fazzini leads all scorers with 14 points, Cole hauls in a game-high 11 rebounds 
Senior Adam Fazzini netted a season-high 14 points in the Skyhawks 51-47 win over Saint Michael's.

EASTON, Mass. (December 1, 2012) – Stonehill College, ranked 23rd in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II poll, edged out Saint Michael's College 51-47 in Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) action on Saturday evening at Merkert Gymnasium. 

Senior guard Adam Fazzini (Drums, Pa./Crestwood) poured in a season-high and game-high 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, 3-of-6 from long distance and 3-of-3 at the line to go along with three rebounds (one offensive) and one assist. 

Classmate and forward Raheem May-Thompson (London, England/Towson Catholic) was the only other Stonehill player in double-figures with 12 points (5-of-12) and seven rebounds (three offensive). Sophomore forward Jack Cole (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) notched four points, a game-high 11 caroms and two assists.

Senior guard Brian Hamor (Guilderland, N.Y./Bishop Gibbons) became the 36th player in program history to record 1,000 career points with four points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Hamor only needed one point coming into today's contest and achieved the feat with a successful free throw at 8:51 of the first half, his second of two attempts. 

Sophomore guard Corey Crawford (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) led the Purple Knights in scoring with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from long range, five rebounds and one assist. Sophomore forward James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) had 11 points (3-of-3 from beyond the arc), four caroms, and one steal. 

Stonehill shot 33.3-percent from the field, 33.3-percent from long distance and 80.0-percent from the charity stripe. The Skyhawks outrebounded Saint Michael's 39-30 including 12-5 on the offensive glass. The Purple Knights recorded a 36.7-percent field goal percentage, went 46.7-percent from beyond the arc and 50.0-percent at the free throw line. 

Tied 44-44 with 2:40 remaining in the game, May-Thompson gave Stonehill the lead for good with a layup in traffic on a nice feed from senior guard Sam Markle (Branford, Conn./Saint Thomas More). Markle finished the contest with two points, three assists and four rebounds. 

After the Skyhawks got a stop on the other end of the floor, Markle found Hamor in the right corner for a wide open three-pointer to make it 49-44. Markle pushed Stonehill's advantage to 51-44 with a pair of free throws with 13-seconds left to go before Crawford capped the scoring with a fall-away three-pointer from the top of the key. 

Stonehill outscored Saint Michael's by a slim 20-18 margin in bench points and tied for points in the paint at 20-even. The Skyhawks also used an 11-4 advantage in second chance points. 

The Purple Knights led at halftime 25-22 as the visitors posted a 9-6 run to close out the stanza with the scored tied at 16-16. Crawford canned a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining while sophomore Don Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset), junior Mike Holton, Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) and Cambronne all contributed layups to the scoring run. 

Stonehill (3-2, 2-2 NE-10) visits Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday, December 4 for an NE-10 matchup scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saint Michael's (2-3, 1-3 NE-10) travels to Merrimack College for an NE-10 clash on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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