Men's Basketball Returns to Play with Loss at Nationally-Regarded Bentley

Men's Basketball Returns to Play with Loss at Nationally-Regarded Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team was within two possessions of nationally-regarded Bentley University until nearly six minutes remained in a 76-56 loss during Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday evening in the Dana Center. The Falcons received votes toward this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D2SIDA national polls while sitting third in the East Region rankings.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (4-7, 0-4 NE10), Bentley (9-2, 4-2 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • First-year CJ Crews (Tampa, Fla./Bayshore Christian School), 13 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3-for-6 three-pointers
  • First-year Nahshon Battle (Scotch Plains, N.J./Woodstock Academy), 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2-for-5 three-pointers
  • First-year Jacob Duniver (Fredericksburg, Va./Woodstock Academy), 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3-for-6 three-pointers
  • First-year Chuma Oyigbo (Stoughton, Mass./Redemption Christian [N.Y.] Academy), 9 points
  • Senior Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton), 7 rebounds, 4 offensive rebounds

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Mason Webb, 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 offensive rebounds, 4-for-5 three-pointers
  • Junior Isaac Martin, 16 points
  • Graduate student Pete Blust, 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks
  • Graduate student Jordan Mello-Klein, 10 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's played for the first time since Dec. 20, competing in its initial NE10 contest since Dec. 4.
  • The Purple Knights committed only nine turnovers to Bentley's 13, and held an advantage in three-point shooting (38.5%-33.3%) while being narrowly outgained in the paint (26-22).
  • The Purple and Gold totaled its fewest turnovers since committing seven on Feb. 16, 2019.

THE ACTION

  • Duniver knocked down a three-pointer 26 seconds into the contest for the opening points, but Bentley responded with a 13-5 run.
  • First-year Nic Button's (Skaneateles, N.Y./Cheshire Academy) triple cut the deficit to 15-14 at 12:05 of the first half before Mello-Klein hit treys at the beginning and end of a 10-3 run that provided the hosts a 27-17 edge at 7:51.
  • Battle and Duniver drilled threes before Crews made a pair 40 seconds apart, bringing Saint Michael's within 33-31 at 38 seconds, and the visitors trailed by four points at halftime.
  • Webb netted six early points en route to Bentley going ahead 42-32 by 16:46 of the second half.
  • Webb's jumper gave the Falcons a 54-43 lead with 8:19 left, but Duniver and Battle hit threes 31 seconds apart to trim the deficit to five at 6:26.
  • Blust's lay-up 21 seconds later kicked off an 18-2 run prior to Crews connecting on a three with 1:15 remaining. Webb scored eight of the points.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at regionally-ranked University of New Haven, 3:30 p.m.
  • The Chargers are seventh in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.