Stonehill College Skyhawks (15-5, 10-4 NE-10)
Bentley University Falcons (15-4, 12-2 NE-10)
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium - Easton, Massachusetts
Notes: Stonehill, ranked sixth in this week's D2SIDA East Regional poll, enter the final month of the regular season following a 6-2 run through the month of January after a 69-53 setback at Saint Rose on Saturday. Junior Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio) leads Stonehill with 19.4 points per game on 48.3-percent shooting, including 36.9% (31-84) from three-point range, while converting 71.6% (48-67) of his free-throws with 8.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Senior Carter Smith (Columbus, Ohio) adds 15.3 points on 48.3% shooting, including 46% (57-124) from deep, converting 84.4% (54-64) of his free-throws with 2.7 boards, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals. Classmate Pierce Cumpstone (Bainbridge Township, Ohio) contributes 12.2 points on 51.9% shooting, a team-high 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. The Skyhawks rank second in the NE-10 for scoring defense (70.3 ppg) and sixth in scoring offense (79.3 ppg), ranking second for assists per game (16.8), third for three-point percentage (.385) and fewest fouls committed per game (15.7), fourth for field goal percentage (.466) and rebound margin (+5.1), fifth in free-throw percentage (.739) and steals per game (6.7). Tonight's game is the first of four to be broadcast by Easton Community Access Television over the final month of the season. Tonight's game will be shown on Friday at 6 p.m.
Notes: Bentley, ranked third in this week's D2SIDA East Regional poll, is among teams receiving votes in both of this week's Division II national polls. The Falcons look to bounce back from a 113-111 double-overtime setback to Southern Connecticut State on Saturday that slowed a six game winning streak. Postgrad Keegan Hyland (South Portland, Maine) and seniors Tyler McFarland (Rockport, Maine) and Alex Furness (Wells, Maine) all scored over 20 points in the Saturday setback. Hyland netted 30 points on 11-of-27 shooting, with 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals, while McFarland tallied 28 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 3-for-8 from three, converting all nine free-throws with five rebounds, four assists, six blocked shots. Furness posted 21 points, seven boards and four assists. McFarland leads the Falcons with 22.5 points on 48.5% shooting from the floor and 90.3% at the free-throw line with 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game. Hyland adds 19.5 points on 54.3% shooting, including 42.4% from deep, converting 74.2% of his free-throws with 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per outing. Furness is contributing 14.4 points on 52.5% shooting, including 49.5% from long range, connecting on 87.9% of his free-throws with 3.2 assists per game. Bentley ranks fourth in the NE-10 for both scoring offense (84.1 ppg) and defense (71.7 ppg), having been whistled for the fewest fouls per game (13.6) in the league and also leading the Conference in rebound margin (+7.2) and ranking second in field goal percentage (.486), field goal percentage defense (.420), three-point percentage (.390), three-point percentage defense (.323) and free-throw percentage (.759) aand third in assists per game (16.4), fourth in blocked shots per game.