Rindge, N.H. (February 26) -- The Assumption College men's basketball team dropped a 55-50 road final to No. 1 ranked Franklin Pierce University on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Tournament.
Facing a double digit deficit early in the second half, the Greyhounds clawed back to within three points, but could not get any closer.
Trailing 12-7 early in the first half, Assumption hit three consecutive three-pointers, capped by a triple by Cory Schmidt (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh), to take a 16-12 lead, forcing Franklin Pierce to take a timeout.
Franklin Pierce responded with a 14-0 run, to take the lead back, 26-16, with 8:30 left to play in the first half.
Franklin Pierce carried a double-digit lead for most of the first half, but a layup basket by freshman Jimmy Zenevitch (Methuen, Mass./Central Catholic) cut the lead to nine, 38-29, at the half.
Franklin Pierce slowly built the lead to 13, 49-36, over the first five minutes of the second half. But Assumption answered with an 8-0 run, capped by a three from the corner by Mike Auriemma (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic/The Hun School), to cut the lead to five, 49-44, with 9:15 to play in the game.
The teams traded baskets over the next six minutes, as Franklin Pierce held a 53-48 advantage with 3:30 to play.
Tim Beinert (Bellerose Village, N.Y./Holy Cross) scored a layup basket in the post to cut the lead to three, 53-50, with less than three minutes to play but Assumption would not get any closer. Each team locked down on defense, and Assumption regained possession with 37 seconds in the game.
Ronson Quick (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) missed a three-pointer, and Franklin Pierce grabbed the rebound with 5.3 seconds on the clock. A pair of free throws for the Ravens provided the final margin.
Assumption was led by 12 points from Kevin Donahue (Pawcatuck, Conn./Stonington) and 10 points by Quick.
Assumption ends the season at 14-14 overall, including an 11-11 mark in Northeast-10 play, while Franklin Pierce improves to 21-6 with a 16-6 mark in the conference. The Ravens will face off against UMass Lowell in the semifinal game on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m.