Monks Weather the Storm, Defeat Nor'easters, 71-63
Nov 15, 2009
STANDISH, ME - Saint Joseph's (1-0) erased an eight-point
halftime deficit by outscoring University of New England (0-1),
45-29, in the second stanza en route to a 71-63 victory in a battle
between a pair of 2009 NCAA-qualifiers at the Harold Alfond Center
on Sunday afternoon. ZachO'Brien
'12 (Schenectady, NY) led a trio of Monks with double-digit point
totals with a game-high 16 points in the triumph.
Victor Oruonyehu '12 (Austin, TX) paced the Nor'easters, who
also had three players with more than 10 points, with 14 points and
a 4-7 effort from beyond the arc.
UNE staked its first-half lead almost entirely with
three-pointers. The Nor'easters made 10 treys - and just a pair of
two-pointers - in the opening frame. In fact, the visitors' first
27 points were off three-pointers and the first two-point bucket by
UNE came with two minutes left in the half. Unfortunately for UNE,
their hot-shooting from three-point range ended with the first
half, as the Nor'easters made just 18.8% (3-16) of their
long-distance shots in the second frame.
Although UNE led for the entire first half, the Monks maintained
a safe distance by cleaning up on the glass, as St. Joe's held a
22-14 advantage overall on the boards and grabbed 18 defensive
caroms. As a result, the Nor'easters managed just two second-chance
points in the first half. RayEatmon '10 (Huntington, NY) and
O'Brien led the rebounding effort with seven and
five boards, respectively, in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Monks came out of the locker room on a tear and scored eight
unanswered points to tie the game at 34 apiece with 17:43 to go.
TylerKelley '11 (Saco, ME)
drained a three-pointer on the first SJC possession and point guard
RashonJones '11 (Bridgeport,
CT), who stirred the crowd with an electrifying dunk early in the
first frame, hit a jumper and a three during the surge.
The lead changed hands three times in the following minute of
play, with the final switch belonging to the Monks after
AnthonySavino '11 (Portland,
ME/Cheverus) knocked down a pair of freebies to put the hosts up,
38-37, with 16:54 remaining. Savino's freebies ignited a 9-0 run
for the Monks, who would not trail for the rest of the contest.
The Royal Blue faithful could not breathe easy, however, as the
Nor'easters proved in the first half how dangerous their shooters
could be. To prove the point, Oruonyehu made three-pointers on back
to back UNE possessions to cut the SJC lead to one point (60-59)
with 2:52 to play, but O'Brien sealed the victory
for the Monks by scoring 10 points with a 6-6 free throw effort in
the waning minutes to squelch the visitors' hopes.
UNE shot 34.3% (23-67) from the floor, 33.3% (13-39) from beyond
the arc, and 28.6% (4-14) from the line in the loss.
St. Joe's made 54.5% (24-44) from the field, 33.3% (3-9) from
three-point distance, and 69.0% (20-29) from the charity stripe in
the victory. The Monks have now defeated the Nor'easters 38
consecutive times dating back to the 1990 season.
Key for the Monks was the play of Jones at the
point position. The talented junior tallied 15 points, 8 caroms, 3
assists and 3 blocks and shot 6-8 from the field as the SJC court
Kelley also played well and netted 13 points
with a 6-10 shooting effort. Eatmon grabbed a
game-high 13 boards and added 8 points with 3 assists and a pair of
blocks and AlbertoRue '10
(Jamaica Plain, MA) added 9 points on a 3-4 shooting effort.
JulioVazquez '13 (Waterbury,
CT) scored two points with a steal and a rebound and
CraigMerrick '13 (Mashantucket,
CT) collected a steal in the season opener. Both players were
making their collegiate debut for the Monks.
For the Nor'easters, Marchale Robinson '10 (Baton Rouge, LA) had
13 points, Anthony Johnson '12 (Austin, TX) tallied 10 points and 6
caroms and Quentin Thompson '12 (Austin, TX) chipped in with 7
boards in the losing effort.
Saint Joseph's will play at University of Maine-Farmington on
Monday, November 23rd at 7:00 PM. University of New
England will host University of Southern Maine on Tuesday, November
17th at 8:00 PM.
Newspaper Box Score
Univ. of New England vs St. Joseph's (Me.)
11/14/09 3:00 PM at Alfond Center, Standish, ME
At Alfond Center, Standish, ME
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) 71, UNIV. OF NEW ENGLAND 63
UNIV. OF NEW ENGLAND (0-1)
Victor Oruonyehu 4-9 2-2 14; Marchale Robinson 5-9 0-0 13; Anthony
4-12 1-5 10; J.D. Winn 4-8 0-0 9; Marcus Winn 3-6 0-0 8; Kadare
0-3 3; Quentin Thompson 1-5 1-2 3; Franco Foti 1-4 0-0 3; Ryan
0-0 0; J.J. Roseman 0-6 0-2 0; Travis Guerrette 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) (1-0)
Zach O'Brien 3-10 10-12 16; Rashon Jones 6-8 2-2 15; Tyler Kelley
13; Alberto Rue 3-4 3-6 9; Raymond Eatmon 3-5 2-5 8; Anthony Savino
5; Christopher Petzy 1-4 0-0 3; Julio Vazquez 1-1 0-0 2; Craig
0-0 0. Totals 24-44 20-29 71.
Univ. of New England.......... 34 29
St. Joseph's (Me.)............ 26 45
3-point goals--Univ. of New England 13-39 (Victor Oruonyehu 4-7;
Robinson 3-6; Marcus Winn 2-5; Anthony Johnson 1-5; Kadare Brown
Winn 1-2; Franco Foti 1-3; Ryan Knotek 0-1; J.J. Roseman 0-2;
Thompson 0-3), St. Joseph's (Me.) 3-9 (Tyler Kelley 1-3; Rashon
Christopher Petzy 1-3; Alberto Rue 0-1; Zach O'Brien 0-1). Fouled
of New England-None, St. Joseph's (Me.)-None. Rebounds--Univ. of
35 (Quentin Thompson 7), St. Joseph's (Me.) 40 (Raymond Eatmon
Assists--Univ. of New England 11 (Quentin Thompson 3; J.J. Roseman
Joseph's (Me.) 15 (Rashon Jones 3; Tyler Kelley 3; Raymond Eatmon
fouls--Univ. of New England 23, St. Joseph's (Me.) 10.
fouls--Univ. of New England-J.D. Winn, St. Joseph's (Me.)-None.