Stonehill Shoots Past Men's Basketball 72-54

THE BASICS:

- Score: Stonehill 72, Assumption 54

- Records: Stonehill (15-10, 11-8 NE10), Assumption (7-18, 3-16 NE10)

- Location: Easton, Mass. (Paula Sullivan Court)

- The Lead: Assumption trailed by 32 points at the half, but outscored Stonehill by 14 points over the final 20 minutes of action as the Hounds dropped a 72-54 contest on the road Saturday afternoon in conference action.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Stonehill jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the opening 2:18 and stretched its lead to 19-4 at 13:26 of the first. Patrick Fleming (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. / Iona Prep) made a three to pull within 12, but eight straight by the Skyhawks extended it to 27-7. Stonehill continued its torrid shooting over the final ten minutes of the half, eventually pushing its lead to 30 points with 4:43 left in the period. The Skyhawks went into the halftime break leading the Hounds 51-19.

- Freshman Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md. / Quince Orchard) led off the second with a three as Assumption scored the first six points of the period. Stonehill got on the board at 17:31, but the Hounds then went on a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to cut the deficit to 53-32.

- The teams traded baskets over the following nine minutes, and Bryan Boehlert (Gaithersburg, Md. / Magruder) connected on a triple to cut it to 59-41 with 7:49 remaining in regulation. A pair of free throws trimmed the deficit to 17 with 5:30 left and Assumption got as close as 15 over the last four minutes before ultimately falling by 18 points.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Assumption shot 35.2 percent overall in the contest and was only 8-for-27 from downtown while making 8 of 16 free throw attempts. Stonehill, meanwhile, hit 46.3 percent of its shots, including 14-for-28 from beyond the arc. The Hounds did hold a 37-36 rebounding edge in the contest.

- Kelly led Assumption with 12 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists while Fleming posted a double-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Branislav Vujadinovic (Belgrade, Serbia / St. Joseph) added 10 points, seven boards, four assists and three steals. Nick Pasquale (Shrewsbury, Mass. / Worcester Academy) supplied eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks off the bench.

- Five players scored in double figures for Stonehill, led by Will Moreton with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Owen Chase added 12 points off the bench.

UP NEXT:

- Assumption concludes its season on Tuesday when the team hosts Southern New Hampshire at 7:30 pm.

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