American International Holds Off Stonehill, 63-58

Freshman Ryan Logan posted his first career double-double with 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds tonight. (PHOTO BY Emily Reynolds)

Logan and Cole notch double-doubles for Skyhawks 

EASTON, Mass. (January 14, 2014) – American International College posted a 63-58 victory over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Merkert Gymnasium tonight.

Junior Marcus Porter's (New Castle, Del./Howard) double-double led American International as he scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half to go with a game-high 17 rebounds, four blocked shots and a steal. He made 8-of-12 shots from the field and converted 7-of-8 free-throws on the night for the Yellow Jackets. Senior Janek Schmidkunz (Berlin, Germany) added 14 points and two rebounds, while junior Bobby Harris (Berlin, N.J./Eastern) contributed eight points, nine boards, four assists and three steals.

Junior Jack Cole (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) and freshman Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) both notched double-doubles to lead Stonehill. Logan posted 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to go with two assists and two steals, while Cole finished with ten points on 4-of-8 shooting, ten rebounds, five assists, a blocked shot and steal. Sophomore Carter Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) chipped in nine points and three boards.

Junior Jack Cole posted his third double-double of the season (13th career) with ten points and ten boards. (PHOTO BY Emily Reynolds)

AIC shot 38.5-percent (20-for-52) from the field, including 6-for-25 (24%) from three-point range, while converting 17-of-24 (70.8%) free-throw attempts. Stonehill made just 9-of-18 (50%) at the free-throw line, while shooting 36.5% (23-for-63) from the field. Stonehill posted a 43-36 rebounding advantage, which aided in a 13-7 edge in second chance points, while the Yellow Jackets claimed an 11-4 break in points off turnovers despite the miscues finishing at 14-14 each.

Neither team led by more than five points in the first half before American International took a three point lead (30-27) into the intermission behind Porter's 19 first half points. The Yellow Jackets extended the lead to a game-high eight (41-33) after a layup from senior Spencer Braithwaite (Dorchester, Mass./Madison Park) five minutes into the second half.

Stonehill regained the lead (46-44) when sophomore Josh Heyliger (Bronx, N.Y./The Hill School) capped an 11-2 run with a basket with 9:25 to play. Schmidkunz answered with a three-pointer at the other end to nose AIC back in front. The teams traded baskets until freshman Jimmy Walsh (Manasquan, N.Y./Manasquan) gave the Skyhawks their final lead of the night (50-49) on a layup with 7:18 left.

AIC followed with an 11-2 run of its own to reclaim an eight point advantage (60-52) after Braithwaite made one of two at the line with 2:55 to play. Stonehill was able to close back within four (62-58) with 16-seconds on the clock after back to back baskets by Logan, but could get no closer.

Stonehill (4-10, 2-8 NE-10) closes out its three game home stand on Saturday when it hosts Concordia (N.Y.) College for a non-conference clash at Merkert Gym at 2 p.m. American International (7-7, 4-5 NE-10) hosts Bentley University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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