Stonehill Outshoots Concordia, 87-82

Senior Raheem May-Thompson scored a career-high 26 points to go with five rebounds to lead the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Bert Lane)

May-Thompson's career-best 26 leads five Skyhawks in double-figures

EASTON, Mass. (December 16, 2012) – Stonehill College shot 52.5-percent from the field and placed five players in double-figures to claim an 87-82 victory over Concordia (N.Y.) College in non-conference men's basketball action at Merkert Gymnasium this afternoon.

Senior forward Raheem May-Thompson (London, England/Towson (Md.) Catholic) posted a career-high scoring effort off the bench for the second straight game as he netted 26 points on 13-for-20 shooting from the field, including 6-for-7 in the first half, to go with five rebounds (four offensive), an assist, blocked shot and steal. Classmate Brian Hamor (Guilderland, N.Y./Bishop Gibbons) added 17 points (11 second half) on 4-of-9 shooting, including 4-for-6 from three-point range, and converting all five free-throw attempts to go with six assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Senior Adam Fazzini (Drums, Pa./Crestwood) contributed 15 points (10 first half) on 4-of-8 shooting, including 2-for-5 from deep, while draining 5-of-6 free-throws, with two boards. Sophomore Jack Cole (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) grabbed his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds with a blocked shot and steal. Freshman Josh Heyliger (Bear, Del./The Hill School) chipped in with a season-high 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including his lone three-point attempt, and converting both free-throw attempts to go with a season-best seven boards, three assists and a blocked shot.

Senior Brian Hamor added 17 points, aided by 4-for-6 shooting from deep, and six assists. (PHOTO BY Bert Lane)

Stonehill finished shooting 52.5-percent (31-for-59) from the field, including 55.6% (15-27) in the second half, as the Skyhawks made 8-of-16 (50%) three-pointers and converted 73.9% (17-23) of its free-throws. Concordia shot 45.2% (28-for-62 overall) in each half, including 7-for-16 (43.8%) from beyond the arc, and made 79.2% (19-24) of its free-throws, including 11-for-14 (78.6%) in the first half. The Clippers registered a 36-33 rebounding edge, resulting in a 17-13 margin in second chance points, and outscored Stonehill 24-15 in points off turnovers with the Skyhawks finishing one higher (14-13) on turnovers for the day.

Senior Argelix Gil (Brooklyn, N.Y./Franklin L. Kane) led Concordia with a double-double-effort of 19 points and 12 rebounds (seven offensive) with two steals, converting 8-of-9 free-throws. Senior Brandon Whitaker (Harlem, N.Y./St. Agnes) posted 20 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, and converting his two free-throw attempts, to go with three boards and three steals in 21 minutes.

Senior Lavor Morris (Bronx, N.Y./Lakeland) added 14 points, while junior Norman Pope (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) contributed 13 points, four rebounds (three offensive) and two steals. Sophomore Kyle Kube (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) chipped in ten points (all first half), aided by 2-of-3 shooting from deep, five rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes off the bench.

Stonehill used a 12-7 stretch to open its largest lead of the second half (78-70) after a Cole free-throw with 3:57 to play. Concordia, as it did all day, rallied to within three (81-78) with a Morris three-pointer with 2:18 to go. The Skyhawks held strong again, pushing the lead back to seven (86-79) with two Hamor free-throws with 31-seconds remaining, finally sealing the win. Whitaker buried a three at the other end with 11-seconds to play, but it would prove too late as Fazzini made one of two at the line on the other end and Morris missed a triple with two seconds left to close the game out.

Freshman Josh Heyliger netted a season-high 11 points with a season-best seven rebounds and three assists. (PHOTO BY Bert Lane)

Stonehill looked poised to run away early as it scored the first ten points of the game, led by five points from Heyliger and a Fazzini three over the opening three minutes of the contest. The Skyhawks lead grew to 13 (17-4) with a May-Thompson layup at the five minute mark, before Concordia made its first run to within three (17-14) with a Kube three-pointer capping the 10-0 run with 11:05 left in the half.

Stonehill regrouped with a 15-4 run over the next five minutes to stake out a game-high 14 point (32-18) cushion on a May-Thompson layup with 6:27 left in the half. Hamor sparked the run with a four-point play, while May-Thompson scored ten of his 12 first half points during that stretch as well. Concordia responded again, posting a 12-0 run, keyed by a conventional three-point play by Morris and a three-pointer from Whitaker to cut the lead to two (32-30) with 4:08 left in the frame.

Concordia worked a 42-42 tie at halftime and took its first lead on the opening possession of the second half with a Jamie Holder (Milford, N.H./Notre Dame Prep) jumper. Heyliger followed with a basket at the other end, but the Clippers took a game-high four point lead (48-44) with a layup from Gil a minute into the half. Stonehill drew even with a Fazzini jumper and two free-throws by Heyliger, but Concordia regained a three point advantage (51-48) after a Pope layup with 17:02 to play.

Stonehill used a 10-2 run to regain the lead and push it to five (58-53) with a May-Thompson jumper with 14:41 remaining. Hamor keyed the run with a pair of three-pointers. The Skyhawks wouldn't trail again, but the lead wouldn't go higher than two possessions until its eight point lead (78-70) with 3:57 left.

Stonehill (4-4, 2-4 NE-10) is off for a holiday break until Saturday and Sunday, December 29-30, when it hosts the East Region Classic at Merkert Gymnasium. The Skyhawks will battle Philadelphia University on Saturday, December 29, at 3 p.m., with Holy Family University and 17th-ranked Assumption College squaring off at 1 p.m. Concordia (4-9, 2-4 CACC) visits the University of New Haven on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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