Stonehill Skyhawks Athletics

Men's Basketball Gives Boston College a Battle, 81-74


Logan scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down six rebounds against Boston College Thursday night. (PHOTO BY Mike Broglio/SportsPix)

Logan leads three Skyhawks in double-figures with 20 points

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (November 3, 2016) – Stonehill College, among teams receiving votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II preseason poll, gave NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) member Boston College all the challenge it wanted before falling late, 81-74, in a men's basketball preseason exhibition matchup at Silvio O. Conte Forum tonight.

Senior All-Region forward Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) led three Stonehill players in double-figures with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field, including 2-for-5 from three-point range, to go with a team-high six rebounds and an assist. Classmate Jim Walsh (Manasquan, New Jersey/Manasquan) returned after missing the majority of his junior season to injury with 14 points on 3-of-6 shooting, converting 7-of-9 free-throws, to go with a pair of rebounds. Junior KJ Lee (Huntington Station, New York/Long Island Lutheran), a transfer from Marist College, added 11 points, two boards and two assists, while junior Ryan Roach (Weymouth, Massachusetts/Cardinal Spellman) and freshman Daniel Largey (Oceanport, New Jersey/Shore Regional) each chipped in nine points. Roach also dished out three assists and had two steals, while Largey canned 3-of-5 three-pointers and grabbed five rebounds.

Boston College boasted a pair of 20-point scorers, led by sophomore Jerome Robinson (Raleigh, North Carolina/Needham Broughton) with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting from the floor, while converting 7-of-8 free-throws, to go with seven rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Postgrad Mo Jeffers (Washington, D.C./Calvin Coolidge), a transfer from Delaware, added 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting and seven boards. Sophomore A.J. Turner (Mount Clemens, Michigan/New Hampton School) dished out a game-high seven assists for the Eagles.

BC shot 54.1-percent from the field (33-for-61) and converted 12-of-17 (70.6%) free-throws for the night, while posting a 44-31 rebounding advantage. Stonehill was limited to 36.7% (22-60) shooting, but buried nine three-pointers (9-for-32/28.1%) and converted 21-of-34 (61.8%) free-throws. The Skyhawks turned the ball over just nine times, compared to 16 for the hosts.

Neither team led by more than a possession over the first 15 minutes of a back and forth opening half until Logan put Stonehill in front with a jumper and then Roach dropped a three-pointer for a four point Skyhawks lead (32-28) with 5:07 left before the half. BC scored the next six points to claim the lead (34-32) after a Jeffers dunk with 2:25 left. Walsh answered with a layup at the other end for the Skyhawks, but the Eagles followed with layups from Jeffers and Robinson to take their own four point lead (38-34) with 57-seconds to go before halftime.


Walsh returned with 14 points and two rebounds. (PHOTO BY Mike Broglio/SportsPix)

Boston College took a three point lead (40-37) into the intermission, but Logan kept Stonehill within a point with its first two baskets of the second half. The Eagles responded with an 8-0 run to open the largest lead of the night for either team (50-41) following a three-pointer from sophomore Jordan Chatman (Vancouver, Washington/Union) five and a half minutes into the half.

Stonehill held BC right there, but the Eagles maintained an eight point lead (57-49) after a Jeffers jumper with 12-minutes remaining. Stonehill cut its deficit to four (57-53) with a Logan layup midway through the half. The Skyhawks were still trailing by that margin (63-59) with seven minutes to go when Walsh scored a layup and then Roach drained a pair of free-throws to force the tenth tie of the game (63-63) with 5:48 still to play.

BC wouldn't relinquish the lead and restored a six point advantage (72-66) with a Robinson layup with three minutes remaining. Back to back baskets from Lee drew Stonehill back within three (72-69) a minute later. Robinson made two free-throws and a layup to push the Eagles lead back to seven (76-69) with a minute to go, but Walsh was fouled shooting a three-pointer and drained all three from the stripe to pull the Skyhawks back within four with 53-seconds on the clock. Robinson was fouled, but made just one of two at the line, however, Stonehill would get no closer as a three ball at the other end was off the mark and then freshman Ky Bowman (Havelock, North Carolina/Havelock) canned a pair of free-throws and added the final basket for the Eagles to result in the final seven point margin.

Stonehill, the reigning NCAA Division II East Region Champions, opens its 2016-17 season next Friday, November 11, when it faces Nyack College at the Assumption College Tip-Off Classic in Worcester, Massachusetts, at 5:30 p.m. The Skyhawks home and Northeast-10 Conference opener is the following Wednesday, November 16, against Assumption at 7:30 p.m. Boston College opens its season next Friday when it hosts Nicholls State University at 7 p.m.

For the latest on Stonehill Athletics, follow the Skyhawks via social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Fans can also download the Stonehill Skyhawks "Front Row" mobile app, powered by PrestoSports, on iTunes and the Android Market.