Late Rally Falls Short, Monks Lose to Panthers in Opener, 99-91

Late Rally Falls Short, Monks Lose to Panthers in Opener, 99-91

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Saint Joseph's College men's basketball team opened the 2018-19 season with an 99-91 setback at the hands of Plymouth State University on Friday night.


Trailing 9-7 early, the Monks fell on the wrong side of an 18-4 run that saw the Panthers claim a 27-11 lead with 10:33 remaining in the first half.

Saint Joseph's made things interesting late, as the Royal Blue cut a 22-point deficit (91-69) down to a 94-84 score with 1:24 left, but Plymouth State managed to put the game away with the help of a 5-8 free-throw shooting performance in the closing 75 seconds.


The Panthers shot 44.4% (12-27) from beyond the arc, opposed to a 28.6% (8-28) clip by the Monks, and scored 30 points off 28 SJC turnovers in the opener.


  • Sophomore Jack Casale (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) netted a career-high 27 points with nine rebounds and four assists
  • Senior Marc Corey (Londonderry, N.H.) came off the bench to tally 14 points and eight boards
  • Senior guard Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) chipped in with 13 points, five caroms, and four assists
  • Freshman Nicholas Curtis (Windham, Maine) scored 13 points with four assists and was 5-7 from the field in his collegiate debut
  • Senior Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) rounded out the Monks' double-digit scorers with 10 points and added six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the loss


  • Dante Rivera was 5-8 from downtown with 23 points and four steals
  • Joe Simpson scored 21 points and went 4-8 from beyond the arc
  • Jaylen LeRoy added 21 points with the help of a 7-9 free-throw shooting effort
  • Manny Alisandro chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds


With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 7-6 all-time versus Plymouth State University. The last meeting between these two teams took place in Plymouth on January 15th, 2004.


The Monks will host Thomas College in the 2018-19 home-opener on Tuesday at 7:30 PM.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at