American International Holds Off Stonehill, 79-70

Sophomore Ryan Logan posted his second double-double of the season with 25 points and ten rebounds tonight. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)

Porter leads Yellow Jackets with double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 13, 2015) – American International College, ranked sixth in this week's D2SIDA East Regional poll, pulled away late in the second half and held on down the stretch to claim a 79-70 victory over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Butova Gymnasium tonight.

Senior Marcus Porter (New Castle, Delaware/Howard) led three American International College players in double figures with a game-high 27 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, while converting 10-of-14 free-throw attempts. He also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go with three assists and two steals. Classmate Bobby Harris (Berlin, New Jersey/Eastern) added 18 points, connecting on 4-of-9 three-pointers to go with five rebounds, four assists and a steal. Junior Cameron Dobbs (Albany, New York/Guilderland) contributed 16 points, two rebounds and two steals for the Yellow Jackets.

Sophomore Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) led Stonehill with his second double-double of the season (fifth career) with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line to go with ten rebounds and two steals. Junior Pierce Cumpstone (Bainbridge Township, Ohio/Kenston) added 11 points off the bench, shooting 5-for-11 from the field, to go with two blocked shots and two steals. Senior Jack Cole (New Providence, New Jersey/New Providence) and sophomore Jimmy Walsh (Manasquan, New Jersey/Manasquan) both added ten rebounds each, while Cole also chipped in with eight points.

Junior Pierce Cumpstone added 11 points off the bench. (PHOTO BY Paul W. Fitzgerald Photography)

Stonehill was limited to 32.4-percent (23-for-71) shooting from the field, including 6-for-26 (23.1%) from three-point range, while converting 72% (18-25) of its free-throws in the contest. The Skyhawks trailed by three at the break (38-35), but shot only 28.6% (10-of-35) from the floor in the second half, including 2-for-12 (16.7%) from deep. American International made 41.5% (27-for-65) of its shots from the field, including 9-for-22 (40.9%) from beyond the arc, and converted 16-of-20 (80%) free-throws.

American International carried a three point lead (38-25) in the halftime and then worked the advantage to ten (52-42) after a Harris three-pointer capped a 10-2 run with 13:34 remaining in the game. Junior Carter Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) buried a triple and Walsh scored a layup to draw Stonehill back within five (52-47) a minute and a half later.

AIC followed with a deciding 14-2 run to open a game-high 17 point lead (70-53) after a Dobbs layup with 2:50 left. Porter scored seven of the Yellow Jackets 14 points during that stretch. Stonehill made one last run, cutting the gap to nine (70-61) after two free-throws by Logan with 1:35 remaining, but AIC made five of its next free-throws from there to seal the victory.

AIC jumped out to a quick six point lead (10-4) five minutes in, but Stonehill responded with a 6-2 spurt caped by two Brix free-throws with 12:30 on the clock to knot the score (12-12). Junior Adam Bramanti (Middleton, Massachusetts/Masconomet) put the Skyhawks in front (19-17) with a triple midway through the opening half. The teams traded baskets until the Yellow Jackets were able to grind out their halftime cushion.

Stonehill (9-6, 5-5 NE-10) returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Bloomfield College for a non-conference clash on its Purple & White Game at Merkert Gym at 2 p.m. American International (11-3, 6-2 NE-10) visits Bentley University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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