Stonehill Has All the Answers at New Haven, 63-53

Sophomore Ryan Logan posted his fourth 20-point game of the season to lead the Skyhawks today. (PHOTO BY Paul W. Fitzgerald Photography)

Logan leads Skyhawks to third straight win with 22 points 

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (January 24, 2015) – Stonehill College withstood every second half run the University of New Haven could muster, using a strong defensive effort for a key 63-53 road win for its third straight victory and seventh over the last nine games in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Charger Gymnasium this afternoon.

Sophomore Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) posted his fourth 20-plus point outing of the season (three of which have been in the last five games) with a game-high 22 points (14 first half) on 6-of-14 shooting, including 4-for-6 from three-point range, while converting 6-of-7 free-throws to go with seven rebounds. Classmate Jimmy Walsh (Manasquan, New Jersey/Manasquan) added a career-high 16 points, connecting on 4-of-5 three-pointers and 4-of-6 free-throws, with three rebounds and a blocked shot, while junior Carter Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) scored ten of his 12 points in the second half, aided by 6-for-6 shooting at the line, with five assists. Senior Jack Cole (New Providence, New Jersey/New Providence) pulled down a ten-high ten boards to go with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and a blocked shot.

Sophomore Jemal Mosley (Spring Valley, New York/Don Bosco Prep) led New Haven with 19 points on 7-of-22 shooting, including 5-for-12 from beyond the arc, and two assists. Senior Jonny Ocasio (Queens, New York/Charlotte (Fla.)) added ten points off the bench as he converted 8-of-9 free-throws to go with four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Seniors Eric Anderson (Newark, New Jersey/Newark Tech) and Cyrus James (Manchester, Connecticut/Howell Chaney Tech) both pulled down double-figure rebound totals as the Chargers had a 44-33 rebounding advantage. Anderson grabbed a game-high 15 boards (seven offensive) to go with nine points, four assists and two blocked shots, while Jones added ten rebounds, eight points and two blocks.

Sophomore Jimmy Walsh netted a career-high 16 points today, connecting on 4-of-5 three-pointers. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)

Stonehill shot 40.9-percent (18-for-44) from the field, including 45.5% (10-22) in the first half, connecting on 8-of-18 three-pointers (44.4%) and converted 19-of-25 (76%) free-throws for the afternoon. New Haven was limited to 31-percent (18-for-58) shooting, including 8-for-34 (23.5%) in the second half, connecting on 6-of-22 (27.3%) three-pointers and 11-of-19 (57.9%) free-throws for the day.

Stonehill led by as much as nine in the first half before taking a six point cushion (31-25) into halftime and then withstood a series of New Haven pushes that pulled the hosts within a possession six times over the closing 20 minutes, including a 51-51 deadlock after two free-throws by Ocasio with 4:50 remaining. The Skyhawks held the Chargers without a field goal over the final 6:11 to clinch the victory as the visitors would end up winning going away.

After New Haven forced the late tie, Cole put Stonehill back in front with a jumper at the other end. The Chargers missed two free-throws and then Walsh drilled a three-pointer for a five point lead (56-51) for Stonehill. The Skyhawks converted 5-of-6 free-throws from there and Smith gave the visitors their largest lead of the game (63-51) with a jumper with 15-seconds to go.

Stonehill used a 13-2 run to open a nine point lead (28-19) after the game featured nine ties and five lead changes over the opening 15 minutes, capped by a Walsh triple with 2:25 to play in the half. New Haven pulled back within three (28-25) on a Mosley layup with 54-seconds remaining before Logan sent the Skyhawks into the locker room with a six point lead (31-25).

Cole put Stonehill up eight (33-25) with a put back on the opening possession of the second half. New Haven drew within two (36-34) on a three-pointer by freshman Tommy Hunt (Smithfield, Rhode Island/St. Andrew's) three minutes into the second half and then Mosley buried a three to draw the hosts within one (38-37) with 16 minutes to go after two Smith free-throws.

Anderson converted a three-point play to pull New Haven within a point again (41-40) with 15:17 on the clock, but Stonehill worked the lead to six (46-40) after a Walsh three with 13 minutes to go. The Chargers quickly cut the deficit back to two (51-49) with a Mosley three with 6:11 remaining, but the Skyhawks worked their lead back to seven (51-44) after two Logan free-throws with seven minutes to go. New Haven was able to work one last tie (51-51) as Mosley hit another three and then Ocasio converted two free-throws before Stonehill was finally able to put the game away.

Stonehill (12-6, 7-5 NE-10) is right back in action on Tuesday night when it visits Le Moyne College, ranked fifth in the D2SIDA East Regional poll, for a Northeast-10 matchup at 7 p.m. The Skyhawks return home next Saturday, January 31, to host The College of Saint Rose as part of Alumni Weekend at the College at 3:30 p.m. New Haven (11-7, 6-6 NE-10) hosts Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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