Saint Rose Holds Off Men's Basketball, 72-66

Anderson leads four Golden Knights in double-figures with game-high 26 points

Moreton recorded his eight double-double of the year, grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)

EASTON, Mass. (January 16, 2019) – The College of Saint Rose placed four in double-figures and held off a late rally for a 72-66 victory over Stonehill College, ranked No. 8 in this week's D2SIDA East Region poll, in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action on Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium tonight.

Sophomore Adam Anderson led four from Saint Rose in double figures with 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three-point distance, converting 6-of-8 free-throws. Senior Matt Cerutti added 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots for the Golden Knights, while freshman Sekou Sylla totaled ten points, nine boards and two steals. Senior Shane Herrity also chipped in ten points and three rebounds.

Senior Joel Berroa and junior Will Moreton combined for 38 points as the lone Stonehill players in double-figures. Moreton posted his eighth double-double of the season (15th career) with 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds to go with a season-best four steals and two assists. Berroa netted a season-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three-point distance, converting all four free-throws with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Sophomore Owen Chose totaled eight points, while senior Michael Boen chipped in seven points, seven boards, three assists and a steal.

Saint Rose shot 53.8-percent from the field (14-for-26) in the first half, compared to 33.3% (9-27) shooting for Stonehill, but only took a seven point cushion (34-27) into halftime after Moreton closed out the half with a three-pointer. The Golden Knights held an early seven point lead (11-4), led by four points from Cerutti and five from Anderson, who canned a three 4:17 into the half for the seven point margin. The Skyhawks rallied to grab the lead (19-18) when Boen split two free-throws midway through the half, capping a run of eight-straight points for the hosts, including five from Chose.

Berroa scored a season-high 19 points for the Skyhawks tonight. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)

Saint Rose answered with ten straight points, including five by Anderson, to grab a nine-point lead (28-19) after a Sylla basket with five minutes remaining in the half. The Golden Knights stretched their lead to ten (34-24) before Moreton capped the half with his three-pointer. Stonehill carried the momentum of the Moreton triple into the second half, scoring nine of the first 11 points of the second half to draw even at 36 just a minute and a half in after back-to-back three-pointers from Chose and Moreton, who scored six points during the initial rush.

Saint Rose responded, however, scoring the next eight points to reclaim the lead (44-36) after a Herrity three-pointer and five-straight Anderson points, including a three to cap the run less than four minutes into the half. Stonehill crept back within two (55-53) after two free-throws from Berroa with 7:34 remaining, but the Golden Knights pushed back again, scoring ten-straight to grab a game-high 12 point lead (65-53) with 2:49 left after back to back baskets from Sylla.

Moreton and Berroa drilled consecutive threes to draw Stonehill back within two possessions (65-59) with under two minutes to play. The Skyhawks were able to cut the gap to three (69-66) on a corner three ball by freshman Josh Mack with 18-seconds to go, when Saint Rose faltered at the free-throw line, but the visitors were able to close the game out from there for its second-straight win.

Stonehill (10-6, 4-5 NE10) is right back in action at Merkert Gym on Saturday, when it hosts Southern Connecticut State University at 3:30 p.m. Saint Rose (7-9, 4-5 NE10) hosts Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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