Back-to-Back Wins as Men's Basketball Tops Assumption, 76-65

Twitty buried eight three-pointers on his way to the first 30-point game of his career tonight. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Twitty drains eight three-pointers en route to career-high 32 points to lead Skyhawks

WORCESTER, Mass. (December 5, 2017) – Stonehill College rode 16 three-pointers to back-to-back wins for the first time this season after a 76-65 triumph over Assumption College in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Andrew Laska Gymnasium tonight.

Sophomore guard Brandon Twitty (Randolph, Massachusetts/Catholic Memorial) drained half of Stonehill's three-point field goals on his way to the first 30-point game of his career, scoring a game-high 32 points on 10-of-29 shooting from the field, including 8-for-12 from beyond the arc, converting all four of his free-throws, while collecting four rebounds.

Classmate Will Moreton (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Edina) reached double figures for the eighth time in nine games for Stonehill this season, adding 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds, with three assists and two steals. Senior KJ Lee (Huntington Station, New York/Long Island Lutheran) rounded out the Skyhawks double-figure scorers with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, five boards, four assists and a blocked shot, while freshman Owen Chose (Eden Prairie, Minnesota/Eden Prairie) chipped in eight points on 3-of-5 shooting (2-for-4 from three) and two assists in 15 minutes off the bench.

Sophomore Branislav Vujadinovic (Belgrade, Serbia) led Assumption with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting, including 4-for-9 from three-point distance, to go with five rebounds and two assists. Classmate Patrick Fleming (Dobbs Ferry, New York/Iona Prep) notched a double-double without missing a shot, with 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting, including a three-pointer, with a game-high ten rebounds, two assists and a steal. Freshman Bryan Boehlert (Gaithersburg, Maryland/Magruder) contributed 11 points, aided by 3-of-5 shooting from three, in 17 minutes off the bench, while classmate Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Maryland/Quince Orchard) chipped in with six points, six assists and two boards.

Moreton has scored in double figures in eight of the Skyhawks nine game this season. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Stonehill jumped out to a quick lead, scoring ten of the first 12 points in the contest, including back-to-back three-pointers from Twitty and Chose to start the game, as four different players had baskets for the Skyhawks during the opening six and a half minute stretch. Assumption scored the next 12 points on four-straight three-pointers by three different players, including two-straight from Vujadinovic, to grab a four-point lead (14-10) with 11:36 remaining in the first half.

Stonehill used a 9-2 spurt over the next two minutes to reclaim the lead (19-16) after a Lee triple. Twitty canned back-to-back three-pointers over a four-minute span to stretch the Skyhawks lead to seven with 4:25 remaining in the half and then gave the visitors a nine point lead (28-19) with his sixth three of the half with 2:54 left, a margin they would carry into halftime.

Moreton opened the second half with a three-pointer to push the Stonehill lead into double-figures and the Skyhawks added three more triples, including two more from Moreton, to stretch their lead to 16 (43-27) two and a half minutes into the frame. Stonehill's first five baskets of the second half came from beyond the arc, with Twitty and senior Joel Berroa (Lawrence, Massachusetts/Bridgton Academy) also connecting for the Skyhawks.

A Moreton dunk and three-pointer by senior Paul Graves (Marion, Massachusetts/Old Rochester Regional) provided Stonehill with a pair of 18 point leads midway through the half. The Skyhawks led by 17 (70-53) after another Twitty triple with 2:48 to play, when Assumption made one last run, pulling within nine (70-61) after a Vujadinovic three-pointer with 1:26 left. Lee, Twitty and Moreton combined to drain all six free-throw attempts for the Skyhawks down the stretch to keep the Greyhounds and bay and seal the win.

Stonehill (4-5, 3-3 NE10) is back in action on Saturday, when it visits No. 14/18 Southern New Hampshire University for its final NE10 matchup of the semester at 3:30 p.m. The Skyhawks do not return to Merkert Gym until Wednesday, January 3, to host American International College for an NE10 battle at 7:30 p.m. Assumption (1-8, 0-6 NE10) hosts Franklin Pierce University on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

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