Men's Basketball Shoots Past Post in Opener, 81-67

Junior Ryan Logan posted his eighth career double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds. (PHOTO BY Eamonn Grealish)

Ryan nets eighth career double-double with 30 points, 12 rebounds 

EASTON, Mass. (November 13, 2015) – Stonehill College, among teams receiving votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II poll, got its season off to a fast start with an 81-67 victory over Post University on day one of the 2015 Stonehill Tip-Off Classic in non-conference men's basketball action on Paula J. Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium tonight.

Junior forward Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) powered Stonehill with a game-high 30 points, just one shy of his career-high, as he made 12-of-22 shots from the floor and converted 5-of-6 free-throws to go with a game-high 12 rebounds for his eighth career double-double and three assists. Senior Carter Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) added 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-for-5 from three-point range, converting 7-of-9 free-throws with four rebounds and two steals. Classmate Adam Bramanti (Middleton, Massachusetts/Masconomet Regional) collected a career-high ten rebounds, while junior Jimmy Walsh (Manasquan, New Jersey/Manasquan) chipped in eight points and four boards.

Stonehill finished shooting 51-percent (25-for-49) from the field, including 7-for-15 (46.7%) from three-point range, connecting on 53.8% (14-26) of its shots in the first half. Post was limited to 33.3% (24-for-72) shooting, including 9-for-32 (28.8%) from deep, shooting 32.4% (12-37) in the second half. The Skyhawks held a 43-36 rebounding edge and outscored the Eagles 21-16 in points off turnovers despite turning the ball over five more times (20-15).

Junior Malcolm Amos (Brookport, Illinois/Kaskaskia College) led four Post players in double-figures with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, while sophomore Tyler Desrosiers (Agawam, Massachusetts/Agawam) registered 14 points and three assists off the bench. Sophomore Matt Mareno (San Francisco, California/Assumption) added 11 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots off the bench for the Eagles, while senior Brandt Voiles (Byron, Illinois/Rock Valley) contributed 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, with four rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Joseph Lockwood (London, England) chipped in a team-high nine rebounds.

Senior Carter Smith posted 21 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range. (PHOTO BY Eamonn Grealish)

Stonehill broke open a one point game (13-12) halfway through the first half by outscoring Post 25-9 over the next eight minutes to take a 17 point lead (38-21) after two Smith free-throws with 2:20 left before halftime. The Skyhawks scored ten straight points to open a 13 point cushion (32-19) after a pair of Smith free-throws with 5:13 on the clock on its way to the 17 point advantage.

Stonehill took a 13 point lead (40-27) into halftime and then opened the second half with a 12-2 run to stretch its lead to 23 (52-29) on a Smith three-pointer after 3:15. Post rallied with a 17-2 run over the next three minutes to get back into the game and within eight (54-46) after a Voiles triple with 13:42 still to play. Logan scored back to back baskets to push the Skyhawks lead back to 12 (58-46), but the Eagles closed within four (59-55) on a Mareno three with 11:39 on the clock.

Stonehill held there and scored the next ten points to restore a 14 point lead (69-55) after a Logan jumper with 9:25 left. Post was back within nine (70-61) with 7:43 remaining, but could get no closer as the Skyhawks pushed the lead back to 15 (80-65) on a Logan free-throw with 2:53 to finally seal the victory.

Stonehill (1-0, 0-0 NE-10) is back in action tomorrow evening on day two of the Classic when it faces Georgian Court University (0-1, 0-0 CACC) at 6 p.m. The Lions dropped an 86-79 decision to Assumption College (1-0, 0-0 NE-10) in tonight's opening game. Post (0-1, 0-0 CACC) and Assumption will play at 4 p.m. 

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Assumption 86, Georgian Court 79

Junior Declan Soukop (Melbourne, Australia) led four Assumption players in double-figures in tonight's opening game with 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, while converting 11-of-12 free-throws to go with two assists and two steals. Senior Julian Aiken (Randolph, New Jersey/Randolph) added 12 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals, while classmate Tre Owens (Rota, Spain) contributed 12 points and two boards.

Sophomore Juwuan Carter (Paterson, New Jersey/DePaul Catholic) led Georgian Court with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, with three boards, three assists and two steals. Junior Nikola Vujovic (Novi Sad, Serbia) added 18 points, connecting in 8-of-8 free-throws, with a game-high 11 rebounds with two assists.

Assumption opened an 18-point (43-25) halftime lead behind 50-percent shooting over the opening half, including 8-for-17 from beyond the arc, compared to 28.6% (8-28) for Georgian Court. The Greyhounds led by as much as 23 (54-31) following two Owens free-throws early in the second half, before the Lions caught fire and shot 65.5% (19-29) from the floor over the final 20 minutes to get back in the game before the Greyhounds were able to seal the win. GCU drew within five (82-77) with 1:23 to go, but Assumption sealed the game at the free-throw line from there.

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