EASTON, Mass. – The Concordia College (N.Y.) men's basketball team managed to cut a 32-point second-half deficit down to single digits on Sunday afternoon, but could not complete the comeback effort at Stonehill College in an 85-72 decision.
• Concordia drops to 4-6.
• Stonehill improves to 8-4.
• Freshman forward Devon Sims (Centreville, Va.) scored a career-high 18 points on a .700 clip (7-10).
• Sophomore forward Alex White Jr. (Middletown, Conn.) recorded eight rebounds with three blocks and two assists.
• Junior forward Jesse Breeding (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) scored a personal-best 13 points.
• For Stonehill, Will Moreton tallied 35 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks
HOW IT HAPPENED
• After exchanging the opening eight points with senior guard Cedrick McFadden (Washington, D.C.) and senior forward Stephen Milhaven (Port Washington, N.Y.) scoring for the Clippers, Stonehill went on a 15-0 run to create a 19-4 score with 11:44 to play in the half.
• Concordia cut into the deficit behind a 6-0 run off five points from Breeding and a Sims free throw, only for a 7-0 retort from the Skyhawks extended the gap to 16 at 26-10 with 8:30 remaining in the half.
• The Clippers rallied again with a 10-2 stretch using baskets from sophomore guard Baron Goodridge (Bronx, N.Y.), McFadden, Sims and senior guard Michael Demello (White Plains, N.Y.) to make it 28-20 with 6:08 to play in the half.
• The two sides went back-and-forth for the remainder of the half, with neither side scoring consecutive baskets until the final minute when a pair of Stonehill triples back-to-back created a 42-27 halftime score.
• Stonehill began the second half with a 14-3 stretch to hold a 61-30 advantage with 13:57 to play.
• Sophomore guard Jared Young (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) ended the run with a triple, while a pair of Stonehill triples sandwiching a Breeding basket made it 67-35 with 11:56 to play.
• Starting with a pair of Breeding free throws, the Clippers used a 17-0 rally with Sims and Young chipping in to make it 69-52 with 6:28 to play.
• Stonehill ended the rally, and added to its lead, with back-to-back three pointers, but a McFadden triple sparked a 15-0 Concordia run to cut the separation down to single digits at 75-67 with 2:09 to play.
• The host countered with a 7-4 stretch to create a 13-point lead at 84-71 with 32 seconds remaining, with both sides connecting on a free throw before the contest ended.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 27-65 shots, going 8-26 from three-point territory and 10-18 from the free throw line.
• Stonehill finished 27-61 from the field, 16-37 from distance and 15-18 from the free throw line.
• Concordia dished out 10 assists versus 16 for Stonehill.
• The Skyhawks held a 44-33 advantage in rebounds.
• Concordia had eight turnovers, resulting in five points for Stonehill. The host had 13 turnovers, leading to 16 Clippers' points.
• Concordia' bench scored 42 points while Stonehill got seven from its bench.
• Concordia recorded six steals with four blocks while Stonehill stole the ball three times with six blocks.
The men's basketball team ends the calendar year with a road contest at Southern Conn. State on Wednesday, Dec. 19 with tip-off scheduled for 2:30 p.m.