Daily Archives: Feb 6, 2014

Men’s Hoop: SMC Takes 106-91 Affair at Franklin Pierce

Courtesy St. Michael’s Sports Information

RINDGE, N.H. – In its second-highest-scoring game in the past decade, the Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team won at nationally-regarded Franklin Pierce University, 106-91, on Thursday evening for its first win in the Franklin Pierce Fieldhouse since January 2001. The Purple Knights improved to 15-5 overall and 10-5 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Ravens are now 16-4 and 11-4. Franklin Pierce is receiving votes toward this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) national poll.


Saint Michael’s also knocked off the Ravens on Nov. 23 when they were ranked 23rd nationally, sweeping a season series from Franklin Pierce for the first time since 2000-01. The Purple Knights posted their highest point total since needing four overtimes to notch 109 on Jan. 11, 2012, at Southern Connecticut State University. The last time they hit triple figures during a game that did not extend beyond regulation was on Nov. 15, 2004, in a 108-87 triumph at Davis & Elkins (W.Va.) College. This season marks only the 14th time in more than 90 years of basketball that the Purple Knights are at least 15-5 through 20 games.


Purple and Gold junior James Cambronne recorded 26 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth 20-point performance in 13 games, and classmate Corey Crawford II shot 5-of-6 from three-point range while notching a career-high-tying 26 points and six assists. Saint Michael’s held a 45-27 advantage on the glass and shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from beyond the arc.


Junior Mike Holton Jr. tacked on 19 points and three helpers, sophomore Greg Grippo canned three threes and finished with 13 points, and first-year Matt Bonds collected nine points and nine rebounds. Junior Mike Thompson hauled in seven caroms,


Senior Adrianos Vourliotakis Perdikaris posted 18 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Ravens, who committed only four turnovers and took 34 of their 75 shots from three-point range, hitting 14. Classmate Ant Lessane notched 17 points, junior Ryen Vilmont shot 4-of-5 from deep for 16 points, and first-year Donte Gittens had 13 points and eight helpers.


Lessane forced the second tie of the second half at 16:21 when he knocked down a three, creating a 57-all score, but Grippo drained a trey four seconds later to put the Purple Knights back on top, sparking a 13-5 run. Grippo capped the stretch at 13:22 by hitting three free throws to produce a 70-62 advantage. However, Franklin Pierce scored the next seven points before Vilment knotted the contest at 79 on a triple with 8:24 remaining.


From there, Cambronne continued a stretch of scoring 10 straight Purple Knight points, a run that ultimately extended to him scoring 15 points in a matter of 4:54 that he completed by burying a three-pointer with 4:15 remaining, giving Saint Michael’s a 95-87 lead. The Ravens never came closer than six down the stretch, as the visitors shot 9-for-10 on free throws in the final 1:29 of the contest.


In a first half that featured 14 points in the opening 1:04 alone, the Purple Knights forged a pair of five-point leads in the first 2:55 before Holton dropped in a lay-up and a three-pointer 24 seconds apart to push the visitors in front by a 24-17 count just 5:07 into the contest. Franklin Pierce rallied for a trio of advantages, as the teams exchanged the lead nine times during the first half. With the Ravens on top 35-34 after two Perdikaris free throws at 8:17, sophomore Will Davis put home a go-ahead bucket 23 seconds later, and Saint Michael’s slowly built its lead back to seven, 49-42, on Holton’s hoop with 29 ticks left. The visitors took a 49-45 edge into halftime after Lessane’s late triple.


The Purple Knights head to Stonehill College on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. contest.


Men’s Hoop: Norwich Holds On for 70-60 Win over Emmanuel

Courtesy Norwich Sports Information

NORTHFIELD, Vt.—The Norwich University men’s basketball team completed a season-sweep of the Saints of Emmanuel College by downing the Saints 70-60 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action on Thursday evening in Andrews Hall.




Both teams entered the game with identical 4-15 overall records and 2-10 GNAC records. The Cadets prevailed to improve to 5-15 and 3-10 in league play, while the loss dropped the Saints to 4-16 and 2-11. Norwich won an earlier meeting, 81-76, on Jan. 11th.




Four different players scored in double-figures for the Cadets, led by junior Evan Tullar  with 17 points. Senior Tom McDonald added 15 points, while freshman Josh Evans and senior Nickolai Havoutis added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Evans shot a perfect 6-6 from field goal range and hit 1-2 from the free-throw line.




The Saints saw a game-high 25 points by James Sullivan Kyle Smith chipped in with nine points, while Lyndon Harewood added eight.




The Cadets held an advantage for the majority of the game and led by double-figures early in the second half, but the Saints put together an 18-8 run spanning 8:03 to come within one on a free-throw by John Clay . Emmanuel then forced a Norwich turnover, and Brandon Jones was able to feed Clay the ball for a go-ahead layup.


 Emmanuel’s lead was short-lived, as Norwich’s Jimmy Warden hit a layup on the next possession to put the Cadets up 50-49 with 5:21 still to play. The basket would prove to be the game-winning shot, as Norwich scored the next six points to build a seven-point lead.


 Free-throws were the key to success for Norwich down the stretch, as the Saints were fouling in hopes of gaining possession. The Cadets finished a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe in the final 2:57 of the game to keep the Saints at bay.


 Norwich hit 60 percent (12-20) from field goal range in the second half to total a 49.0 percent effort over the full 40 minutes. Emmanuel connected on 46.9 percent (15-32) shots in the second half, but an 18.5 percent (5-27) first-half effort brought them to a 33.9 percent complete-game effort.


 In the first half, Cadets held the Saints scoreless for the first 5:50 of the game, and used the opportunity to build a nine-point lead. Norwich would extend the lead to double-digits at 22-12 with 5:55 to play and would keep the Saints to under 20 points with a block by Tullar on Emmanuel’s final shot attempt of the first half.


 Norwich outscored Emmanuel 34-26 in the point and 19-6 on second-chance points. The Saints bested the Cadets 12-7 in points scored off turnovers.


 The Cadets are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 8 when they host Anna Maria College in a GNAC matchup at 1:00 p.m.



Women’s Hoop: Blue Jays Soar Past Cadets, 76-63

Courtesy Norwich Sports Information

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Devon Diliberto scored 21 points and Shauna Sullivan had her third consecutive double-double with 10 points as the University of Saint Joseph basketball team defeated Norwich University 76-63 in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) game Thursday at the O’Connell Center.


 St. Joseph improved to 11-10 overall and 4-3 in the GNAC. Norwich is 9-11 and 2-5 in league play.


 USJ won its fourth conference game in a row. The Blue Jays took good care of the ball with just 10 turnovers on the night while forcing 19. In its four-game winning streak, USJ has forced 97 turnovers while committing just 46. Today, the Blue Jays held a 17-10 scoring advantage in points off turnovers.


 Junior Aliah Curry led Norwich with 24 points including an 11-for-11 performance at the free throw line. She is now just 80 points shy of setting a new all-time scoring record at Norwich. Classmate Kelsey Lotti scored 21 for the Cadets and freshman Heather LeBlanc had eight points and 12 rebounds.


 The Blue Jays used just six players and got contributions from all of them: Mary Hyde had 11 points, six steals and five assists, Brianna Ferraro scored 17, Heather Framski had eight points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots and Lindsey Dionne scored nine.


 Lotti scored 10 points and LeBlanc six in the first 9:30 to help Norwich to its biggest lead of the night at 18-10, but USJ chipped away and led 30-28 at halftime.


 The Blue Jays relinquished the lead for just 23 seconds in the second half. A pair of free throws by Curry put Norwich in front, 47-46, with 9:16 to play, but Diliberto followed with a jumper with 8:53 left and the Blue Jays edged ahead throughout the closing stages.


 Both teams’ leading scorers broke out after quiet first halves. Curry was 1-for-13 shooting and had four first-half points, but had 20 after the intermission. Diliberto was 1-for-3 for two first-half points, but shot 6-for-8 in the second half, 4-for-5 from three-point range and had 19 points after the break.


 Norwich totaled a 34.3 percent (23-67) effort from the floor over the course of both halves, but the Blue Jays connected on 24 field goals in 53 attempts for a 41.4 percent effort. The Cadets attempted 19 three-pointers on the evening but were successful on just four (21.1 percent), compared to the Blue Jays’ 42.9 percent (6-14) effort from behind the arc.


 The Cadets held a 22-18 advantage in points scored in the paint and held a narrow 10-9 lead in bench points, powered by eight points off the bench from Tory Kethro.


 Norwich is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 8 when it hosts Anna Maria College in a 3:00 p.m. GNAC matchup.


Women’s Hoop: St. Mike’s Falls at Franklin Pierce, 61-53

Courtesy St. Michael’s Sports Information

RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team narrowly fell to Franklin Pierce University, 61-53, on Thursday evening at the Franklin Pierce Fieldhouse during Northeast-10 Conference action, suffering its 10th single-digit loss of the season. The Purple Knights are now 3-16 overall and 2-13 in the league, while the Ravens moved to 12-8 and 9-6.


Sophomore Megan Gaudreau shot 4-of-7 from three-point range while notching 12 points and three assists. She is already tied for 14th in program history in made threes for a career (72) through just 45 games, matching Tara Clark ’00, who appeared in 103 contests. Sophomore Makenzie Burud had 12 points off the bench, and junior Maggie Sabine  turned in a well-rounded 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.


First-year Indira Evora collected 10 points and four assists, and senior Alexa Long hauled in seven rebounds to increase her career total to 560. In the process, she passed SMC Athletic Hall of Fame member Becky Bouchard ’85 (556) for 16th in school history and is within one of Nicole Adach ’13 (561). Saint Michael’s shot 2-of-4 on free throws to the Ravens’ 16-of-20.


Senior Brittany Martelle had 21 points for the hosts, shooting 4-of-8 from three-point range and adding five assists and three steals. Junior Jessica Hurd recorded 15 points and 10 boards, sophomore Kara Charette had nine points and five steals, and classmate Dyamond Gardner tacked on nine points. Senior Brooke Coderre blocked six shots.


The Purple Knights forged a 10-3 lead by the time 2:14 had elapsed thanks to consecutive lay-ups to open the game by senior Cara Deroy and back-to-back three-pointers from Gaudreau. The Ravens later pushed into a 15-12 lead with a 12-2 run, keyed by a trio of triples. After Gardner knocked down another three, Sabine converted a three-point play to bring Saint Michael’s within 18-17, and the Purple Knights cut their deficit to one point on three more occasions before Gaudreau knotted the game at 26 with another trey at 2:48. That’s where the teams stood at halftime, having combined for just seven points in the final 7:52 of the stanza.


Evora dropped in a lay-up at 17:00 of the second half to give Saint Michael’s the final of three four-point leads, 36-32, before the Ravens responded with 15 straight points, including 10 by Martelle, and the hosts led 47-36 by the 10:08 mark. The Purple Knights fought right back with a 10-0 run, as Burud connected for the first three baskets in a matter of 1:12 before concluding the run with a lay-up at 6:43. After Franklin Pierce pushed its lead back to five at 51-46, Long’s basket with 4:18 remaining brought the visitors within 52-50, and the Purple Knights possessed three times with a chance to tie in the ensuing minutes but came up empty. Gardner’s hoop at 1:33 made the score 54-50, and the Ravens shot 7-of-8 on free throws in the final 57 seconds to pull away.


Saint Michael’s plays for the second time in three days on Saturday at Stonehill College at 1:30 p.m. The Skyhawks are receiving votes toward this week’s USA TODAY national poll.


Girls Hoop: CVU Explodes Out of Gate, Blows Past Essex 50-24

Essex — The undefeated defending state champion CVU Redhawks exploded out to a 24-0 first half lead, and cruised on to a 50-24 win over the Essex Hornets on Thursday night on Jean Robinson Court.

Forcing numerous turnovers and getting points from seven different players, CVU outscored Essex 18-0  in the first quarter. They then built the lead to 24 in the second before Kera Sheftic’s hoop finally got the Hornets on the board. The margin was 25, at 35-10 at halftime, and the Redhawks eased home from there, winning their 17th game of the season and their 40th in a row going back to last year’s undefeated championship campaign.

Laurel Jaunich and Emily Kinneston led a balanced CVU attack with twelve points each. Kaelyn Kohlasch added nine and Amanda Lougee chipped in eight. Sheftic led the Hornets with ten.

CVU is 17-0 on the season. Essex slips to 11-6.

No Snow Job Here

George Commo’s Blog – Thursday 1/6/14

While just about every high school sports event on last night’s schedule was done in by the snowstorm they did play hockey in Essex, and it was a great one. Our broadcast game last night on NSN Sports saw the defending state champion South Burlington Rebels make a statement that they are not going to relinquish their title without a fight. SB beat the Essex Hornets 3-2 in overtime last night. That is back to back wins for the Rebels over the top two bteams in the VPA standings, CVU and Essex, and while CVU was missing a few players serving a suspension the Hornets were at full strength and South Burlington got the job done.

Just a couple of weeks left in the regular season and I’ll tell you, the Metro Division One boy’s playoff race is looking really exciting. When they get all their people back CVU will still be the favorite, but all of the contenders are fully capable … setting up what should be a great second season.

No Not Gary!

That wasn’t Gary Tanguay on the Celtics radio broadcast last night was it? I’m assuming regular Celtics voice Sean Grande is at the Olympics.

They couldn’t have found anybody other than Tanguay?