Three-Point Surge Sends Men's Basketball by Pace, 79-64

Largey was 6-for-6 from the field, including five three-pointers, and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line for a team-high 19 points today. (PHOTO  BY Paul Fitzgerald)

Largey makes all six shots, including five threes for 19 points

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (January 14, 2017) – Stonehill College buried 13 three-pointers, including seven straight attempts from long range after falling behind midway through the second half, to claim a 79-64 victory over Pace University in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Goldstein Fitness Center this afternoon.

Freshman Daniel Largey (Oceanport, New Jersey/Peddie School) made all six of his shots from the floor, including five three-pointers, to lead five Stonehill players in double-figures with 19 points, including 13 in the second half, as he made both free-throw attempts to finish off the perfect shooting day with three rebounds. Junior KJ Lee (Huntington Station, New York/Long Island Lutheran) added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, with four rebounds, four assists and two steals, while senior Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) totaled 13 points, a team-high eight boards and eight assists.

Junior Joel Berroa (Lawrence, Massachusetts/Bridgton Academy) made all three of his shots for the game, including two three-pointers, canning both free-throw tries for ten points and three rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench. Freshman Brandon Twitty (Randolph, Massachusetts/Catholic Memorial) scored all ten of his points in the first half on 4-of-7 shooting. Stonehill's bench outscored the Pace reserves 25-16 and the Skyhawks committed just seven turnovers, aiding a 13-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Senior Austin Mofunanya (Englewood, New Jersey/Dwight Murrow) posted a double-double to lead Pace with game-high totals of 23 points and 11 rebounds as he made 10-of-14 shots and blocked two shots. Sophomore Ryan Peterson (Wethersfield, Connecticut/St. Thomas More) added 16 points, connecting on 4-of-11 three-pointers, with four rebounds off the bench, while junior Evan Gordinier (Monmouth Beach, New Jersey/Christian Brothers Academy) rounded out the Setters in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, with three boards and two assists. Freshman Ray Montilus (Union, New Jersey/Pope John XXII) chipped in with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Stonehill bounced back from its lowest shooting performance of the season to snap a string of three-straight setbacks by connecting on 52.7-percent of its shots from the field (29-for-55), including 53.8% (14-26) in the second half, burying 13-of-29 (44.8%) three-pointers, including its last seven tries from long distance over the final ten minutes of the game to answer a Pace run. The Setters shot 44.6% (25-56) from the floor, including 8-for-25 (32%) from deep, converting 6-of-13 (46.2%) free-throws. Pace held a 33-26 rebounding edge.

Logan filled the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. (PHOTO BY Mike Broglio/SportsPix)

Pace used a 12-0 run to turn an 11-point deficit (46-35) after a Lee layup five minutes into the second half into its first lead (47-46) since the opening basket of the contest when Peterson made one of two at the free-throw line with 10:23 to play. After Lee put Stonehill back in front with a layup, the Skyhawks buried four straight triples from four different players to fuel a 19-5 run that pushed the visitors lead back into double-figures (65-52) after Largey's second three of the run with 5:46 to play. After Peterson answered with a three-pointer for Pace, Stonehill used a 10-2 spurt to stretch its lead to 20 (77-57) and seal the win after a Berroa three with 1:58 remaining.

Stonehill led by as much as 16 (36-20) in the first half after Largey capped an 18-7 run with a three-pointer with 3:32 left. The Skyhawks settled for a ten point (40-30) halftime cushion after Pace had closed within eight (38-30) with a three-point play from Montilus with 47-seconds remaining, before freshman Will Moreton (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Edina) capped the first half scoring with a layup.

Gordinier opened the second half with a triple for Pace, but Stonehill scored the next four points to take back an 11 point lead (44-33) on a Largey basket two minutes into the half. The teams traded baskets leading into the Setters 12-0 run to take its only lead of the second half.

Stonehill (10-7, 5-6 NE10) returns home on Wednesday to host Adelphi University for an NE10 battle at 7:30 p.m. Pace (5-13, 2-8 NE10) visits Bentley University on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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