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Saint Joseph's Men's college basketball 87 vs Rivier 74

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STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (4-3, 1-1 GNAC) defeated Rivier University (0-9, 0-2 GNAC), 87-74, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday.

FIRST GLANCE:

Junior guard Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) scored 21 points with six boards, five steals, and five assists and freshman guard Jack Casale (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) added 19 points, six boards, and four assists to help the Monks pick up their first conference victory of the season.

THE REST OF THE STORY:

With the teams trading shots early in the first half, Saint Joseph’s broke a 23-23 tie with a 14-6 run, which was capped by a Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) three-pointer with 2:43 left in the first half. The Raiders countered with a 9-2 surge to cut their deficit to one point (39-38), but Berry stopped the run with a layup with 22 seconds on the first half clock, providing the hosts with a 41-38 lead heading into intermission.

Leading 55-47 with 14:11 remaining, the Monks registered an 18-8 run with senior forward Aaron Hall (Haverhill, Mass.) making it a 73-55 game after making a layup with 9:45 on the clock.

Saint Joseph’s held a game-high 20-point (79-59) lead after Casale connected on one of two freebies at the 6:43 mark and Rivier made one last run, a 16-6 surge, to make it an 85-74 score four minutes later. The Raiders would not score another point, however, and junior forward Andrew Carroll (Douglas, Mass.) made a pair of free throws with 1:29 left to account for the 87-74 final.

LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH’S:

·       Berry added 13 points with five rebounds and two assists

·       Hall tallied 13 points, six boards, and a pair of blocked shots

·       Senior forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) contributed 10 points, six caroms, and two assists

·       Freshman guard Tatsuaki Sakai (Japan) came off the bench to distribute five assists

LEADERS – RIVIER:

·       Junior guard Angel Perez (Miami, Fla.) netted 20 points with a pair of steals

·       Freshman guard Tarik Rivers (Stamford, Conn.) tallied 20 points with five assists and three boards

·       Sophomore guard Kirk Palladino (Milford, N.H.) chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds

TEAM STATS:

Saint Joseph’s posted advantages in rebounds (40-23), assists (23-10), points off turnovers (10-9), second-chance points (14-7), points in the paint (30-28), and bench points (27-20) in the victory.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING:

With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 18-4 in the history of the series with Rivier University.

NEXT!

Saint Joseph’s will play a pair of games in the Mauro Panaggio Tournament in Daytona, Florida starting with a contest versus Wooster on Sunday at 12:00 PM.

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