|Mount Ida College||Saint Joseph's College|
STANDISH, Maine – Mount Ida College (11-5, 7-2 GNAC) defeated Saint Joseph’s College (7-8, 4-4 GNAC), 72-61, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Monday afternoon.
Saint Joseph’s controlled the pace early and held a 17-7 lead after freshman Ryan Lavallee (Carver, Mass.) netted a three-pointer with 14:04 left in the first half. Mount Ida countered with a 16-5 run, which junior John Oliver (North Babylon, N.Y.) capped with a traditional three-point play to provide the Mustangs with their first lead, 23-22, five minutes later.
St. Joe’s managed to regain the advantage, albeit briefly, when junior forward Aaron Hall (Haverhill, Mass.) converted a layup at the 8:53 mark, but the Monks went 0-6 from the floor with five turnovers over the following eight minutes, a span during which the Mustangs scored 10 unanswered points en route to holding a 33-26 halftime lead.
The Monks cut the deficit to three points (39-36) with a 10-6 scoring burst early in the second stanza, but Mount Ida all but clinched the victory with an 11-1 run, which spanned seven minutes and was capped by a Joey DeFillippi (Bristol, Conn.) layup with the visitors on top, 50-37, with 9:29 remaining.
Sophomore guard Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) scored 15 points with six assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
Junior forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) tallied 13 points, nine boards, and three assists.
Hall chipped in with eight points, six rebounds, and four blocked shots.
Senior guard John Crawley (Fitchburg, Mass.) added six points and five rebounds off the bench.
DeFillippi paced the Mustangs with 14 points and was 6-6 from the FT line.
Junior guard Jayson Clark (Austin, Texas) tallied 11 points, five steals, five rebounds, and four assists.
Senior guard Ethan Dujon (Warwick, R.I.) contributed 10 points and three caroms.
Junior forward Kevin Conner (Mansfield, Mass.) added nine points and three rebounds.