|Anna Maria College||Saint Joseph's College|
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (6-5, 3-1 GNAC) edged Anna Maria College (2-9, 2-2 GNAC), 67-65 in overtime, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday evening. For the Monks, tonight’s victory counts as the second overtime triumph in as many games, as St. Joe’s defeated Bowdoin College, 91-88, in extra play on Friday night.
In a contest featuring 15 tie scores and eight lead changes with neither team owning more than a six-point lead, Saint Joseph’s freshman guard Mario Nery (Bronx, N.Y.) proved his mettle by going 4-4 from the free throw line during the five-minute overtime frame to help the Monks claim their second win over Anna Maria this season.
St. Joe’s held a 53-48 cushion after junior forward Aaron Hall (Haverhill, Mass.) converted a layup with 7:44 remaining in regulation, but the AMCATS knotted the contest with five quick points from senior guard David Jean-Louis (Miramar, Fla.) during the following minute of play. The conference counterparts essentially traded buckets until SJC junior forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) hit a jumper, tying the contest at 61-61, with 2:58 left. The two-pointer proved to be the final shot made during regulation, as the Monks and AMCATS combined to go 0-8 from the field the rest of the way.
Sophomore guard Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) led all players with 18 points while shooting 8-14 from the floor.
Richardson-Newton tallied 12 points, four boards, two assists, and a pair of steals.
Senior guard John Crawley (Fitchburg, Mass.) came off the bench to net nine points with three rebounds and a pair of rejections.
Hall added eight points, seven caroms, three steals, and two blocked shots.
Nery contributed seven points, four assists, and two rebounds.
Senior guard Andrew Ruffen (Salem, N.H.) netted a pair of three-pointers with four rebounds and an assist off the bench.
Freshman forward Mike Rapoza (Charlton, Mass.) scored 13 points and pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds with two blocked shots.
Junior forward Kenneth Graham (West Haven, Conn.) chipped in with 14 points and five boards.
Junior guard Liam Pickett (Oxford, Mass.) left the bench to score 12 points with four caroms.
Jean-Louis, Tanner Jakola (Leominster, Mass.), and Malik Forouzan (Houston, Texas) netted eight points apiece.