Monks Outlast Terriers in Home Opener, 89-79

Monks Outlast Terriers in Home Opener, 89-79

 STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (1-1) defeated Thomas College (1-2), 89-79, in the men's basketball team's 2018-19 home opener at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday night.


The Monks held the lead for the majority of the contest but the Terriers stayed within striking distance until the closing minute when the hosts went 4-6 from the FT line to claim a 10-point victory.

St. Joe's held a 37-36 edge heading into intermission and the game was tied 43-43 with 17:13 remaining. The hosts put up seven unanswered points in the following minute to take a 50-43 lead.

Holding a 62-58 cushion with 11:01 on the clock, the Monks posted a game-changing 13-3 run – capped by a David Keohan (West Newfield, Maine) three-point play – to claim a game-high 14-point (75-61) lead with 5:59 to play.

Not willing to go down without a fight, the Terriers cut a 10-point deficit down to an 85-79 margin with 59 seconds left on the tails of an 8-4 surge, but the Monks managed to keep the visitors off the board for the remainder of play to seal the triumph.


Saint Joseph's posted a 21-13 lead in bench points and netted 24 points off 19 Thomas turnovers on the evening.


  • Sophomore Jack Casale (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) – who boasted five dunks in the win - led all players with 25 points and added eight assists, four rebounds, and a pair of blocks
  • Senior Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) netted 22 points with five rebounds and two steals
  • Senior Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) was 5-6 from the FT line with 13 points, five boards, and two dimes
  • Senior Marc Corey (Londonderry, N.H.) chipped in with eight points, four caroms, and two assists
  • Senior Jack Hostetler (Somers, Conn.) came off the bench to score seven points
  • Freshman Nicholas Curtis (Windham, Maine) contributed six points


  • Freshman Jordan Goodson (Orlando, Fla.) scored 19 points off a 7-10 shooting performance with four boards, six assists, and four steals
  • Freshman Evan Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) was 5-6 from downtown with 18 points
  • Sophomore Demetris Webster (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds, and a pair of assists
  • Sophomore Lovegeurson Fleurine (Fort Pierce, Fla.) added 10 points and eight rebounds


Saint Joseph's is now 69-6 all-time versus Thomas College and has defeated the Terriers in 44 of the last 45 meetings. Prior to tonight, these two teams had not faced off since February 3rd, 2007 when the Monks defeated the Terriers by a 91-41 score in Standish.


Saint Joseph's will compete in the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament at Roger Williams University this Friday and Saturday. The Monks open the two-day invitational Friday with a 7:30 PM game versus Tufts University.




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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