Waltham, Mass. (February 24) -- Five players scored in double figures and Hounds held a 49-20 rebounding edge as No. 9 seeded Assumption defeated No. 8 seeded Bentley by a 78-65 final on Friday night in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. The Hounds have now won four straight and six of seven to advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Neither team led by more than three points over the opening seven minutes as the teams were tied at 14-14 with 12:56 left in the first half. Over the next 5:23 though, the Hounds embarked on a 14-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws by Tim Beinert (Bellerose Village, N.Y./Holy Cross), to extend to a 28-14 lead with 7:33 remaining. Assumption continued to hold a double-digit lead at 34-21 with 2:44 left in the period before the Falcons closed on a 13-5 run to make it a 39-34 margin heading into the halftime break.
Assumption came out on a 7-0 run to start the second half and led by a 46-34 margin, forcing a Bentley timeout. Bentley pulled to within six at 59-53 with 7:30 left, but that was as close as the Falcons would get as the Hounds pulled away late for the victory. Assumption knocked down eight free throws in the final minute and outscored the Falcons by a 19-9 margin at the line while outrebounding Bentley 49-20.
Beinert led the team with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Ryan Rozsnaki (Montreal, Quebec/Landstown) nearly posted his second triple-double of the season with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Junior Ronson Quick (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) added 14 points and nine rebounds, along with 14 points from senior Kevin Donahue (Pawcatuck, Conn./Stonington).
Sam Leclerc led four Falcons in double figures with 18 points.
With the win, the Hounds improve to 14-13 overall, while Bentley's season ends at 15-12 overall and on a seven-game losing streak.
Assumption advances to take on No. 1 seed Franklin Pierce University on Sunday afternoon in Rindge, New Hampshire in a Northeast-10 Tournament Quarterfinal Game. That matchup is slated for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.