Can't-Miss-Kelley Helps Monks Oust Mustangs, 81-63

Can't-Miss-Kelley Helps Monks Oust Mustangs, 81-63

STANDISH, ME - Tyler Kelley '11 (Saco, ME) poured in a career-high 31 points off a 13-18 performance from the floor and Ray Eatmon '10 (Huntington, NY) netted his 1,000th career point in an 81-63 Saint Joseph's (19-6, 14-4 GNAC) victory over Mount Ida College (15-10, 10-8 GNAC) on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, Saint Joseph's clinched the #3 seed in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament. The Monks' quest to defend the 2009 GNAC Championship begins with a conference quarterfinal at home against #6 Lasell (10-15, 8-10 GNAC) on Tuesday, tip-off time TBD. Mount Ida has secured the #4 seed and will also host a quarterfinal game against #5 Johnson & Wales (12-13, 9-9 GNAC) on Tuesday.

Eatmon needed just two points to become the 32nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark in their career, and he took care of the feat early with a dunk, off a Zach O'Brien '12 (Schenectady, NY) pass, just 18 seconds into the game. Since this was the last regular-season home contest, Eatmon and fellow senior Alberto Rue (Jamaica Plain, MA) were honored with a ceremony prior to the game.

Saint Joseph's also participated in a great cause, as the men's game against the Mustangs served as the Monks' Breast Cancer Awareness event. Gate proceeds, donations and funds earned from tee-shirt sales will be donated to the worthy cause.

The Monks never trailed and led by as much as 28 points early in the second half. For the second-consecutive game, St. Joe's was lights-out from three-point range, as the Royal Blue shot 47.4% (9-19) from downtown. The Mustangs' shooters were unable to keep up, as the visitors posted a 28% (7-25) performance from long range. The Monks also were considerably better from the line, outshooting the Mustangs, 87.5% (14-16) to 60.9% (14-23) in the win.

Chris Petzy '12 (Kensington, NH) was 3-5 from beyond the arc and scored 15 and Rue chipped in with 13 points for Saint Joseph's. Anthony Savino '11 (Portland, ME/Cheverus) added 8 points and 2 blocks, Rashon Jones '11 (Bridgeport, CT) grabbed a team-best 8 caroms and Julio Vazquez '13 (Waterbury, CT) handed out a game-and-career-high 9 assists in the lopsided win.

Eatmon attained another milestone in the victory, as his blocked shot 2:44 into the contest was the 100th of his career, making him the sixth player in team history to reach the mark. Also, Eatmon needs 18 boards to reach 800 and 13 assists to reach 250.

Darren Martinez '10 (Dorchester, MA) was the lone Mount Ida player to reach double-digits and scored 14 points and Joseph Cabral '12 (Walpole, MA) corralled a game-high 9 rebounds for the Mustangs. Nick Lynch '12 (Hampton Bays, NY) and John Figueroa '13 (Hartford, CT) both tallied 8 points for the visitors.

St. Joe's opened up the conference contest on with a 13-4 run, as Rue (6) and Kelley (5) combined for 11 of the SJC points in the first 5:09 of play. Mount Ida managed to cut the hosts' lead to 19-12 with a Lynch three at the 12:11 mark, but Kelley scored seven points in an 11-1 SJC outburst that ended with the Monks ahead by 17, 30-13, with 9:54 before the break.

The Mustangs managed to stay in the game with an 8-0 burst over the next three minutes, cutting the St. Joe's lead to 30-21, but the Monks put the game out of reach for good with a 14-3 barrage that included a pair of treys from Petzy and 7 points from Kelley. The Monks carried a 57-35 cushion into the locker room and shot a scorching 62.5% from the floor in the first period. The Mustangs countered with a paltry 28.1% rate from the field.

Kelley led all scorers with 24 points and was 10-12 from the floor and 3-4 from three-point distance in the first half. Martinez paced the visitors with 9 first period points.

Saint Joseph's went on to lead by at least 20 for the rest of the game and gained a game-best 28-point advantage on three occasions in the first five minutes of the second stanza.

Jack LaFreniere '13 (Alton, NH) collected his first collegiate points with a layup off a Tommy Ray '12 (Cape Elizabeth, ME) pass at the 1:24 mark. Also, Rue surpassed the 600-point mark and Kelley shot past the 700-point plateau in the victory.

St. Joe's shot 49.2% (30-61) overall, 47.4% (9-19) from three-point range, and 87.5% (14-16) from the line, while Mount Ida shot 31.3% (20-64) from the field, 28% (7-25) from downtown and 60.9% (14-23) from the charity stripe. The Mustangs held a 42-38 edge on the glass, with 18 offensive caroms, and St. Joe's forced 19 Mount Ida turnovers in the contest.

Seniors Honored Prior to Tip-off
Ray Eatmon Alberto Rue

Seniors Ray Eatmon and Alberto Rue, along with their family and friends, were honored for their
achievements prior to the game by President Joe Lee, the coaching staff and the 302 fans in attendance.


Newspaper Box Score
Mount Ida College Mustangs vs St. Joseph's (Me.)
02/20/10 1:00 PM at Alfond Center, Standish, Maine
At Alfond Center, Standish, Maine
Darren Martinez 5-7 3-5 14; Joseph Cabral 1-9 6-7 9; Nick Lynch 3-10 1-2 8;
John Figueroa 3-10 0-0 8; Keith Jones 2-10 0-0 5; Isiah Benjamin 2-7 0-0 4;
Travis Hillery 1-3 2-3 4; Jimmy Wenz 1-1 1-4 4; Bruce Cary 2-4 0-0 4; Brian
Hapgood 0-0 1-2 1; Ashton Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Cliff Desrosena 0-1 0-0 0; Nick
Montanino 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-64 14-23 61.
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) (19-6, 14-4 GNAC)
Tyler Kelley 13-18 1-2 31; Christopher Petzy 4-8 4-4 15; Alberto Rue 4-7 3-3
13; Anthony Savino 3-6 2-2 8; Zach O'Brien 1-8 4-5 6; Raymond Eatmon 2-4 0-0
4; Thomas Ray 2-3 0-0 4; Jack LaFreniere 1-1 0-0 2; Eric Friend 0-4 0-0 0;
Julio Vazquez 0-1 0-0 0; Rashon Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-61 14-16 83.
Mount Ida College Mustangs....   32   29  -   61
St. Joseph's (Me.)............   55   28  -   83
3-point goals--Mount Ida College Mustangs 7-25 (John Figueroa 2-6; Joseph
Cabral 1-4; Darren Martinez 1-1; Keith Jones 1-4; Jimmy Wenz 1-1; Nick Lynch
1-5; Cliff Desrosena 0-1; Bruce Cary 0-1; Isiah Benjamin 0-2), St. Joseph's
(Me.) 9-19 (Tyler Kelley 4-7; Christopher Petzy 3-5; Alberto Rue 2-3; Eric
Friend 0-1; Zach O'Brien 0-3). Fouled out--Mount Ida College Mustangs-None,
St. Joseph's (Me.)-None. Rebounds--Mount Ida College Mustangs 42 (Joseph
Cabral 9), St. Joseph's (Me.) 38 (Rashon Jones 8). Assists--Mount Ida
College Mustangs 11 (Darren Martinez 3; Isiah Benjamin 3), St. Joseph's
(Me.) 21 (Julio Vazquez 9). Total fouls--Mount Ida College Mustangs 14, St.
Joseph's (Me.) 17. Technical fouls--Mount Ida College Mustangs-Nick
Montanino, St. Joseph's (Me.)-Raymond Eatmon; TEAM. A-302
Senior Day and WBCA Pink Zone Event