New Haven Quiets Men's Basketball, 72-66

Logan posted his 25th career 20 point game and moved into seventh place on Stonehill's career scoring list. (PHOTO BY Mike Broglio/SportsPix)

Chargers limit Skyhawks to 38.6-percent shooting

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (January 10, 2017) – Stonehill College surrendered a halftime lead for the third game, shooting just 31-percent in the second half, as the University of New Haven claimed a 72-66 victory in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Charger Gymnasium this afternoon.

Junior Mihailo Vasic (Novi Sad, Serbia) posted a double-double to lead four New Haven players in double figures with a game-high 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting to go with a game-best ten rebounds (three offensive) and four assists. Freshmen Kessly Felizor (Hightstown, New Jersey/Hightstown) and Roy Kane, Jr. (Norwalk, Connecticut/Norwalk) both closed in on double-doubles as well for the Chargers as Kane finished with 12 points and seven rebounds with three blocked shots, while Felizor totaled ten points on 5-of-9 shooting with nine boards. Sophomore Michael Bourke (South Orange, New Jersey/The Hun School) added 11 points, while junior Danny Upchurch (Bridgeport, Connecticut/Notre Dame Catholic) chipped in with seven points and seven assists.

Senior Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) posted his 25th career 20 point game to lead Stonehill, moving into seventh place on the program's career scoring list in the process. He made 9-of-16 shots from the field and converted both free-throw attempts, while dishing out a season-high seven assists with five rebounds. Logan moved past A.J. Rudowitz '10 (1,542 points) into seventh place on the Skyhawks all-time scoring list with his 1,557 points in 104 career games played.

Freshman Will Moreton (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Edina) added 12 points and four rebounds, while classmate Daniel Largey (Oceanport, New Jersey/Peddie School) canned all four three-point attempts in the first half for 12 points. Junior KJ Lee (Huntington Station, New York/Long Island Lutheran) rounded out Stonehill's double-figure scorers with ten points and nine boards as he nearly posted a second straight double-double.

New Haven shot 48.4-percent from the field (30-for-62), including 57.1% (16-28) in the second half, while connecting on 6-of-20 (30%) three-pointers and making 6-of-9 free-throws (66.7%). Stonehill finished shooting a season-low 38.6% (22-for-57) from the floor as it was held under 40% for the first time this season, including 31% (9-29) in the second half, connecting on just 5-of-19 (26.3%) three-pointers. The Skyhawks buried their first 16 free-throws for the night before finishing 17-for-18 (94.4%) at the line, while also posting an 11-4 edge in points off turnovers.

Largey made his first career start and netted 12 first half points. (PHOTO BY Paul Fitzgerald)

Stonehill, which had won eight of its first nine games of the year when holding a halftime lead, surrendered its third straight defeat in the last week when leading at the break. The Skyhawks carried a three-point lead (35-32) after an opening half which featured five ties and five lead changes, with neither team leading by more than six. New Haven quickly grabbed the lead after a Kane, Jr. three-pointer two minutes into the second half.

Stonehill wouldn't lead again, but remained within striking distance until the end. Junior Tommy Hunt (Smithfield, Rhode Island/St. Andrew's) stretched New Haven's lead to six (48-42) with a layup with 13:42 to play. The Skyhawks forced the seventh tie of the afternoon (52-52) when Lee capped a run of six straight points with a pair of free-throws with 7:35 left.

The teams traded baskets and then New Haven scored seven straight to open a seven point lead (61-54) following a layup by Bourke with 2:51 on the clock. Bourke drained a three-pointer to extend the Chargers lead to a game-high eight (66-58) that appeared to seal the win with 55-seconds to go, but Stonehill was able to close the gap to five (66-61) after sophomore Michael Boen (Mansfield, Massachusetts/Mansfield) split two free-throw attempts with 29-seconds still to play.

Upchurch was fouled and made both free-throw attempts to restore New Haven's seven point lead after a timeout, but Lee drove through the lane to pull Stonehill back within two possessions (68-63) with 14-seconds remaining. The Skyhawks nearly got a steal coming out of a timeout, but Upchurch collected the ball and was fouled once again, draining both tries with 12-seconds to go that sealed the Chargers win despite a late three by Moreton with eight seconds left.

Stonehill (9-7, 4-6 NE10) returns to action on Saturday when it visits Pace University for an NE10 matchup at 3:30 p.m. The Skyhawks next home game is Wednesday, January 18, when they host Adelphi University for an NE10 battle at 7:30 p.m. New Haven (8-7, 3-6 NE10) hosts Assumption College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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