Junior Ryan Logan posted his tenth double-double of the year with a career-best 36 points and 11 rebounds. (PHOTO BY Mike Tureski/SportsPix)
Logan's tenth double-double on career-high 36 points and 11 rebounds leads Skyhawks
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (February 28, 2016) – Northeast Division No. 3-seeded Stonehill College, ranked fifth in this week's NCAA Division II East Regional rankings, survived overtime on the road to edge Southwest No. 2 Adelphi University, ranked eighth in the region, 103-101 in a quarterfinal round thriller of the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Center for Recreation and Sport this afternoon.
Stonehill (21-7, 15-6 NE-10) advances to the semifinal round where it will visit Northeast top-seed Bentley University (20-7, 16-5 NE-10) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Falcons advanced with an 86-71 victory over Northeast No. 5 Franklin Pierce University in their quarterfinal this afternoon. Adelphi (20-9, 12-8 NE-10) now awaits word on its potential NCAA Tournament fate when selections are made next Sunday.
Junior Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown), a first team All-Northeast-10 selection, led four Stonehill players in double-figures, including three with 20-plus points, with a career-high 36 points and 11 rebounds for his tenth double-double of the season (19th career) as he made 13-of-27 shots from the field, including 4-for-9 from three-point distance, and converted all six free-throws while adding three assists. Senior Pierce Cumpstone (Bainbridge Township, Ohio/Kenston) matched his career-high with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 5-for-6 from beyond the arc, while converting both free-throws to go with nine rebounds (four offensive), four assists and career-best six blocked shots. He moves within 100 points of the 1,000-point plateau with 920 points in 95 career games played after today's total.
Sophomore Isaiah Bess (LaGrange, Maine/Hampden Academy) added a career-high 21 point outing to the Stonehill cause as he hit 6-of-8 shots, including 4-for-5 from deep, and connected on 5-of-6 free-throws to go with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior Carter Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) rounded out the Skyhawks double-figure scorers with 11 points, four assists and two steals, while classmate Adam Bramanti (Middleton, Massachusetts/Masconomet) dished out a career-high matching six assists.
Senior Pierce Cumpstone matched his career-best with 27 points, connecting on 5-of-6 three-pointers, and blocking a career-high six shots. (PHOTO BY Mike Tureski/SportsPix)
Adelphi got a career-high 42 point outing from senior Anthony Libroia (Bayside, New York/Holy Cross) – just three shy of the NE-10 Tournament record of 45 by Assumption's Drew Adderly against Stonehill in 1992, as he connected on 15-of-29 shots from the floor, including 7-for-12 from long range, while converting 5-of-6 free-throws to go with eight assists and four rebounds (three assists). Sophomore Manny Suarez (Cliffside Park, New Jersey/Marist) added a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive) with four blocked shots as he made 10-of-12 shots, including all three three-pointers, while sophomore Michael Coffey (Monroe, New York/John S. Burke) contributed 17 points, canning 7-of-8 free-throws, with three boards. Freshman Jack Laffey (Middletown, New Jersey/Christian Brothers Academy) rounded out the Panthers double-figure scorers with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-for-6 from downtown, four rebounds and three assists.
Stonehill and Adelphi combined to bury an NE-10 Tournament record 32 three-pointers on the afternoon, including a record 17 (out of 33) by the Panthers to break the previous mark of 15 that was matched by the Skyhawks (on 27 tries) today and accomplished three previous times. The teams shot a combined 53.3-percent from beyond the arc (32-for-60) this afternoon with the Skyhawks holding a slight advantage at 55.6-percent (15-27), including 9-for-15 (60%) in the first half and canning both attempts in overtime, while the Panthers shot 51.5% (17-33) from deep.
Stonehill finished shooting 51.5-percent from the field overall (35-for-68), making all four shots in overtime, while converting 18-of-20 free-throws (90%). The Skyhawks held a 37-29 rebounding edge, pulling down 14 offensive rebounds to claim a 23-14 advantage in second chance points, while committing just nine turnovers for the afternoon. Adelphi shot 53% from the field overall (35-66) and converted 14-of-17 free-throws (82.4%).
Adelphi rallied from a ten point deficit (84-74) with 3:42 to play to force overtime as Libroia scored eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, and Coffey added a triple as the Panthers rallied with a 15-5 run to close out regulation. Libroia drained a three to pull Adelphi within two (89-87) with a minute left and then knotted the score with a layup with 15-seconds to play. Stonehill had one last chance to finish the game in regulation, but missed a layup before Libroia's desperation heave at the buzzer was off the mark to send the game to overtime.
Bess buried a three-pointer to give Stonehill an early edge in overtime, but Adelphi used a 9-2 run to open a four point lead (98-94) after a Libroia layup midway through the extra session. Libroia scored all 12 of the Panthers points in overtime and his three-pointer with 1:53 remaining had the hosts still up four. Stonehill closed within a point with two Logan free-throws after a turnover with 49-seconds left and then he drilled the go-ahead three with 22-seconds on the clock after Libroia's only miss of the overtime session. Adelphi had one last chance to extend or win the game, but a pair of three-pointers in the closing seconds were off the mark to send the Skyhawks through to the semifinals.
Adelphi came out strong, opening an eight point lead (12-4) after a Trayvon Ginyard (Brentwood, New York/Brentwood) three four minutes into the game. The Panthers' first 18 points of the game came from long distance, holding a five point lead (18-13) after a Laffey triple with 13:15 left in the half as the hosts buried six of their first eight shots from long range. Adelphi stretched its first half lead to 12 (35-23) with 7:35 remaining after back to back triples by Laffey and Libroia.
Stonehill responded with a string of four straight three balls of their own, including three by Cumpstone, to pull even (35-35) with 3:25 remaining. Bess gave the Skyhawks their first lead of the game (41-39) with a three-pointer with 1:12 on the clock, before Suarez sent the teams into halftime deadlocked (41-41).
Coffey scored the first basket of the second half for Adelphi, but Stonehill regained the lead and took a five point lead (53-48) after a layup from sophomore Joel Berroa (Lawrence, Massachusetts/Central Catholic) 5:36 into the half. Logan fired in a three to push the Skyhawks lead to eight (65-57) with 8:46 remaining and then after Adelphi closed to within two twice, the visitors proceeded the work their lead to the game-high ten (84-74) after a Smith layup with 3:42 left.