Strong Start Fuels Men's Basketball Past New Haven, 80-63

Largey scored 14 of his team-high 19 points in the first half to spark a quick start for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Largey leads balanced Skyhawks effort with 19 points

EASTON, Mass. (January 20, 2018) – Stonehill College used a strong start and a balanced offensive effort in picking up an 80-63 triumph over the University of New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action on Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium this afternoon.

Sophomore Dan Largey (Oceanport, New Jersey/Peddie School) led a balanced Stonehill attack with a game-high 19 points, scoring 14 in the first half, on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range, while converting all four free-throw attempts, to go with three rebounds, an assist and steal. Classmates Brandon Twitty (Randolph, Massachusetts/Catholic Memorial) and Will Moreton (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Edina) each added 15 points, with Twitty shooting 6-for-13 from the floor and adding a career-high matching six rebounds, with two steals, while Moreton connected on 7-of-13 shots. Senior KJ Lee (Huntington Station, New York/Long Island Lutheran) contributed 14 points, six boards and six assists.

Twitty totaled 15 points, six rebounds and two steals for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Bob Blanchard)

Sophomore Derrick Rowland (Cohoes, New York/Green Tech) led three New Haven players in double-figures with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting off the bench, with four rebounds. Senior Danny Upchurch (Bridgeport, Connecticut/Notre Dame Catholic) added 13 points, connecting on 3-of-5 three-pointers, six rebounds and seven assists, while classmate Mihailo Vasic (Novi Sad, Serbia) registered 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting, with six rebounds (four offensive).

Stonehill used a 14-0 run to turn a three-point deficit (12-9) after a Rowland layup into an 11-point lead (23-12) midway through the first half after three-straight three-pointers, the latter two out of the hands of Largey, who drained a trio of triples in all during the run. New Haven crept back within five (23-18) with 7:19 remaining in the half, but the Skyhawks responded with seven straight points to grab a 12-point advantage (30-18) after a three-pointer by freshman Owen de Graaf (Beamsville, Ontario/Choate Rosemary Hall) two minutes later.

Stonehill stretched its lead to 14 (36-22) after a Lee layup, before settling for a 12-point halftime cushion (36-24). New Haven opened the second half with a 20-4 run to cut the lead to four points (44-40) six minutes in, but Twitty sparked a string of seven-straight Skyhawk points that restored an 11-point lead (51-40) with a three-pointer.

Stonehill's lead would not dip below eight points the rest of the way, using a 10-3 stretch to open a 15-point lead (63-48) with nine minutes to play after back-to-back threes from Largey and Moreton. The Skyhawks lead was ten (67-57) with seven minutes still to play, when they sealed the win with an 11-2 run for a 19-point lead (78-59) after two Largey free-throws with 3:36 remaining. Berroa sparked the run with a three-pointer, while Moreton added four points.

Stonehill (10-8, 6-6 NE10) closes out its three game home stand on Tuesday, when it hosts Pace University for an NE10 matchup at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online, at New Haven (10-7, 7-5 NE10) hosts Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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