Saint Rose Defeats Men's Basketball, 88-59

Twitty scored 18 points to lead the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Herrity and Cerutti lead Golden Knights to third straight win

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 6, 2018) – The College of Saint Rose, ranked No. 9 in this week's D2SIDA East Region poll, opened up a 20-point halftime lead and didn't look back in posting an 88-59 victory over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium tonight.

Junior Shane Herrity (Glendale, New York/St. Francis Prep) scored a game-high 19 points to lead Saint Rose on 8-of-10 shooting, including 3-for-5 from three-point distance, while adding eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. Classmate Matt Cerutti (Guilderland, New York/Guilderland) powered the Golden Knights who posted a 43-27 rebounding advantage with a double-double effort of 12 points and game-high 11 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, as the hosts outscored Stonehill 21-7 on second chance points.

Senior Mical-Ryan Boyd (Hempstead, New York/Long Island Lutheran) added 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting, including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc, with four rebounds, while freshman Adam Anderson (Saratoga Springs, New York/Saratoga) rounded out Saint Rose's double-figure scorers with ten points, connecting on 2-of-3 three-pointers and all four free-throw attempts, in 16 minutes off the bench.

Sophomore Brandon Twitty (Randolph, Massachusetts/Catholic Memorial) led Stonehill with 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting, with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Classmate Will Moreton (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Edina) was the only other Skyhawk in double-figures with ten points, five rebounds and three assists, while senior KJ Lee (Huntington Station, New York/Long Island Lutheran) totaled eight points, four boards and three assists. Sophomore Dan Largey (Oceanport, New Jersey/Peddie School) chipped in with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from deep off the bench.

Moreton added ten points, five rebounds and three assists for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Saint Rose led start to finish, scoring nine of the first 11 points in the contest, as Boyd drained a three-pointer 19-seconds in and Cerutti netted four points over the first two and a half minutes. Stonehill followed with six-straight points to pull within one (9-8) after a Moreton layup after 4:26. The Golden Knights followed with the next eight points to gain a nine-point edge (17-8) with an Anderson three-pointer with 13:46 remaining in the first half.

Stonehill drew back within two (22-20) with back-to-back three-pointers from Twitty and Largey, before senior Ryan Roach (Weymouth, Massachusetts/Cardinal Spellman) made one of two at the free-throw line midway through the half. Saint Rose outscored the Skyhawks 25-7 over the remainder of the half to open a 20-point cushion at the intermission. Leading by seven (31-24) with seven minutes to go in the frame, the Golden Knights netted 12-straight points to open a 19-point lead (43-24) after a Boyd three with 3:36 remaining in the half. Herrity also drained a triple and scored five points in all during that stretch.

Stonehill wouldn't get within double-figures throughout the second half, pulling within 14 (50-36) after a Moreton three 3:12 in. Saint Rose responded with an 11-3 run to open a 22-point lead (61-39) on a tip-in from Cerutti with 13-minutes left. The Skyhawks made one last push to get within 15 (63-48) after a Roach layup with eight minutes still to play, but could get no closer, with the Golden Knights restoring its 22-point lead (74-52) four minutes later after five-straight points from Boyd to seal the win.

Stonehill (8-7, 4-5 NE10) is back in action on Saturday, when it visits Southern Connecticut State University for an NE10 matchup at 3:30 p.m. The Skyhawks return home next Wednesday, January 17, to host Le Moyne College at Merkert Gym at 7:30 p.m. Saint Rose (12-4, 7-1 NE10) visits Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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