Freshman Ryan Logan posted 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Emily Reynolds)
Trevisan and Walck combine for 42 points to lead Griffins to win
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (December 20, 2013) – Chestnut Hill College took advantage of 18 Stonehill College turnovers on its way to a 72-66 decision in non-conference men's basketball action at Sorgenti Arena this afternoon.
Chestnut Hill outscored Stonehill 21-11 in points off turnovers and outscored the Skyhawks 27-10 at the free-throw line, going to the stripe 32 times (converting 84.4%) compared to 14 trips to the line by the Skyhawks (71.4%). The Griffins were held to 39.2-percent (20-for-51) shooting from the field, including 5-for-16 (31.3%) from three-point range, compared to 48% (24-50) shooting from Stonehill, including 8-for-21 (38.1%) from long distance. The Skyhawks posted a 10-2 advantage for second chance points despite CHC holding a 31-30 rebounding edge.
Postgrad Taylor Trevisan (West Chester, Pa./Salesianum) led Chestnut Hill with a game-high 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, while converting 10-of-11 free-throw attempts to go with four steals. Junior Christian Walck (Lancaster, Pa./Saint Thomas More) added 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 6-for-6 from the line, five rebounds and three steals, while classmate Filip Sekulic (Danilovgrad, Montenegro) notched a double-double with 11 points and a game-high ten rebounds off the bench with three assists and two blocked shots.
Freshman Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) paced Stonehill with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, converting 3-of-4 free-throws with a team-high seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore Carter Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) scored a team and career-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-for-6 from three-point range, converting both free throw attempts to go with a team-best seven rebounds and three assists, but was hampered by eight turnovers. Junior Jack Cole (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) rounded out the Skyhawks double-figure scorers with ten points on 4-of-7 shooting, and five rebounds.
Sophomore Carter Smith scored a career-high 18 points to lead all Stonehill scorers. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)
Chestnut Hill pulled out the win after a 33-33 halftime deadlock despite shooting just 34.8% (8-for-23) from the field in the second half, including 2-for-7 (28.6%) from long distance. The Griffins outscored Stonehill 21-3 from the free-throw line over the final 20 minutes and held a 10-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
Chestnut Hill pulled out to a four point lead (42-38) after a Trevisan layup 4:15 into the second half. Stonehill scored seven straight points to turn a three point deficit into a four point lead (50-46) on a Cole layup with 10:05 to play. Trailing by two (54-52) with 8:37 remaining, Chestnut Hill held Stonehill scoreless for five minutes to open a nine point lead (63-54) after an 11-0 run capped by a pair of free-throws by Sekulic with 3:29 on the clock. Walck put the Griffins in front for good with a three-pointer to spark the run.
Stonehill drew back within four twice over the next two minutes, including 65-61 with a Cole layup with 1:45 remaining, but would get no closer. Trevisan sealed the win by converting 8-of-8 free-throws from there.
Stonehill jumped out to a nine point lead (15-6) six minutes into the game on eight straight points by sophomore Pierce Cumpstone (Bainbridge Township, Ohio/Kenston), including a pair of triples. Chestnut Hill answered with a 14-2 run to take a three point lead (20-17) with a three-pointer by freshman Billy Cassidy (Primos, Pa./Friends' Central) with 9:39 left in the half. The Skyhawks regained a four point lead (25-21) after a three-point play by sophomore Daniel Brix (Monroe Township, N.J./St. Joseph) with 5:11 to play in the frame. Stonehill's lead was still four (33-29) after a tip-in by Logan with 1:17 left in the half before the Griffins scored the final four points of the frame in the closing 12-seconds to force the halftime draw.
Stonehill (3-7, 1-5 NE-10) is off until after the New Year when it returns to Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday, January 4, at Saint Michael's College at 3:30 p.m. The Skyhawks don't return to Merkert Gym until Saturday, January 11, when they host Pace University at 3:30 p.m. Chestnut Hill (3-8, 1-3 CACC) hosts Holy Family University on Thursday, January 2, at 8 p.m.