STANDISH, ME - TylerKelley
'11 (Saco, ME) scored a team-high 16 points and
AlbertoRue '10 (Jamaica Plain,
MA) was 4-5 from three-point range and added 14 in an 83-64 Saint
Joseph's (6-1, 3-0 GNAC) victory over Suffolk University (4-6, 0-2
GNAC) at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams, a young team featuring three juniors, six sophomores,
five freshmen and no seniors, were led offensively by freshman
center Matt Pepdjonovic (Quincy, MA), who tallied a game-high 26
points on an 11-14 shooting performance and added 9 rebounds and 3
blocked shots to his stat line in the losing effort. Luke Barrett
'12 (Cincinnati, OH) scored 9 points and Sam Hutchins '12 (Andover,
MA) dealt 7 assists for Suffolk.
The final score doesn't indicate that the first half was closely
contested, as the Rams managed to maintain a single-digit deficit
for much of the opening stanza. The Monks pulled away in the final
minutes of the first period and held a comfortable advantage
The Rams' only lead of the game occurred on their first
possession, as Mario Massimino '11 (East Haven, CT) made a layup on
his team's opening drive. The Monks displayed some of their
offensive firepower in the next four minutes, as the Royal Blue
notched a 14-2 run, which included three-pointers from
Kelley and ZachO'Brien '12 (Schenectady, NY).
Trailing 28-17 with 9:48 left in the opening half, Suffolk gave
St. Joe's a taste of its own medicine with a 9-0 outburst to cut
the deficit to two points. Pepdjonovic started the rally with a
traditional three-point play and Barrett capped the stretch with
treys on back-to-back Ram possessions to make the score 28-26 with
7:27 before the break.
The Monks pushed their lead back to double digits in the
following two minutes, however, as ChrisPetzy '12 (Kensington, NH) scored five points,
including a catch-and-release three off an O'Brien
pass, and RashonJones '11
(Bridgeport, CT) drilled a long ball of his own to put the hosts up
38-28 with 5:29 remaining in the first period.
Four minutes later, the scoreboard showed that Suffolk had cut
the SJC lead to five points, 40-35, after Mike Gibbons '12
(Ringwood, NJ), the leading three-point shooter in the GNAC, sank a
shot from beyond the arc. The Monks answered with an 8-0 run to
close out the half, as TomRay
'12 (Cape Elizabeth, ME) hit a jumper, RayEatmon '10 (Huntington, NY) converted a
three-point play and Rue, after stalling for the
final shot, dropped a three-pointer to provide St. Joe's with a
48-35 lead heading into the locker room.
The Monks went on to lead by double-digits for the vast majority
of the second stanza and held a game-high 20-point cushion after
Rue connected on a three at the 9:39 mark.
St. Joe's featured a balanced offensive front, as seven SJC
players tallied 8 or more points in the victory.
Eatmon, 6-7 from the FT line, netted 12 points, 6
caroms, 4 assists and 2 blocks, while Petzy and
AnthonySavino '11 (Portland,
ME/Cheverus) both chipped in with 9 points for the Monks.
Jones added 8 points, 4 boards, 4 assists and 2
steals and Ray scored a career-best 8 points with
a pair of steals in the triumph.
(Mashantucket, CT) made a pair of free throws late in the first
half to notch his first collegiate points and JackLaFreniere '13 (Alton, NH) made his SJC basketball
debut in the closing minutes of the conference contest.
St. Joe's shot 54.7% (29-53) from the field, 52.6% (10-19) from
beyond the arc, and 93.8% (15-16) from the FT line, while Suffolk
shot 46.4% (26-56) overall, 33.3% (5-15) from three-point distance
and 63.6% (7-11) from the charity stripe.
For the Monks, all three shooting percentages rank as season
highs and the free throw mark ties the program record for
single-game success. The 93.8% conversion rate was originally set
in a 63-62 win over Bryant University on January 13th,
St. Joe's has converted better than 50% of its shots from the
field in three straight games and four overall so far this season.
The Monks have posted at least a 45% mark in all seven contests.
Also, St. Joe's recorded a season-high 23 assists, on 29 buckets,
in the triumph.
The contest wraps up the 2009 portion of the schedule for both
teams, as Saint Joseph's will host Farmingdale State (NY) on
Saturday, January 2nd at 3:00 PM and Suffolk will host
Lasell on Saturday, January 9th at 2:00 PM.
Newspaper Box Score
Suffolk vs St. Joseph's (Me.)
12/12/09 3:00pm at Harold Alfond Center, Standish, ME
At Harold Alfond Center, Standish, ME
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) 83, SUFFOLK 64
Matt Pepdjonovic 11-14 4-7 26; Luke Barrett 3-7 0-0 9; Allan Ray
3-6 1-2 7;
Sam Hutchins 2-6 2-2 6; Mike Gibbons 2-9 0-0 6; Karl Busch 2-6 0-0
Aldrete 1-2 0-0 2; Mario Massimino 1-2 0-0 2; Mickey McEntee 1-1
Brooks Flanagan 0-1 0-0 0; Dan Williams 0-0 0-0 0; Justin Barrall
0-0 0-0 0;
Mike Fleming 0-2 0-0 0; Jevic Muteba 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-56 7-11
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) (6-1)
Tyler Kelley 6-9 2-2 16; Alberto Rue 4-7 2-2 14; Ray Eatmon 3-6 6-7
Anthony Savino 3-5 3-3 9; Chris Petzy 4-5 0-0 9; Rashon Jones 3-7
0-0 8; Tom
Ray 4-5 0-0 8; Zach O'Brien 2-6 0-0 5; Craig Merrick 0-3 2-2 2;
LaFreniere 0-0 0-0 0; Julio Vazquez 0-0 0-0 0; Spenser Adams 0-0
Totals 29-53 15-16 83.
Suffolk....................... 35 29
St. Joseph's (Me.)............ 48 35
3-point goals--Suffolk 5-15 (Luke Barrett 3-4; Mike Gibbons 2-8;
Hutchins 0-1; Mike Fleming 0-1; Allan Ray 0-1), St. Joseph's (Me.)
(Alberto Rue 4-5; Rashon Jones 2-2; Tyler Kelley 2-4; Zach O'Brien
Chris Petzy 1-2; Craig Merrick 0-3; Ray Eatmon 0-1). Fouled
out--Suffolk-None, St. Joseph's (Me.)-None. Rebounds--Suffolk 28
Pepdjonovic 9), St. Joseph's (Me.) 27 (Ray Eatmon 6).
(Sam Hutchins 7), St. Joseph's (Me.) 23 (Zach O'Brien 6). Total
fouls--Suffolk 15, St. Joseph's (Me.) 14. Technical
Joseph's (Me.)-None. A-240