Men's Basketball Falls at Regionally-Ranked New Haven, 65-61, Gardner Nets 33

Men's Basketball Falls at Regionally-Ranked New Haven, 65-61, Gardner Nets 33

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team lost a 65-61 decision at regionally-ranked University of New Haven on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play in Charger Gymnasium. The Chargers were ranked seventh in the latest D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (4-8, 0-5 NE10), New Haven (8-4, 4-3 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Patrick Gardner (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun/Nassau CC), 33 points in 32 minutes, 12-for-27 field goals, 5-for-14 three-pointers, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks
  • First-year Chuma Oyigbo (Stoughton, Mass./Redemption Christian [N.Y.] Academy), 7 points, 4 rebounds
  • Senior Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton), 5 points
  • Junior Jalen Gorham (York, Pa./MacDuffie School), 4 points, 2 steals
  • First-year Jacob Duniver (Fredericksburg, Va./Woodstock Academy), 4 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Senior Jontai Williams (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes), 3 rebounds, 2 steals

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Graduate student Derrick Rowland, 31 points, 3 steals, 12-for-21 field goals, 4-for-10 three-pointers
  • Senior Quashawn Lane, 10 points, 8 rebounds
  • Senior Majur Majak, 6 points, 8 rebounds
  • Senior Antonio Lopez, 8 rebounds
  • Junior Davontrey Thomas, 5 assists

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's faced its second consecutive regionally-ranked foe.
  • Gardner recorded his second 33-point game of the season while tallying his seventh double-double.
  • Gardner tallied 33 of his team's 61 points, 12 of 33 rebounds, and 12 of 24 field goals.

THE ACTION

  • Behind eight points from Gardner, including a pair of three-pointers, Saint Michael's led 12-6 by 14:48 of the first half.
  • New Haven cut its deficit to five points twice, but Heter's three-point play kicked off a 7-0 stretch that pushed his team's lead to 23-11 by 8:52, when Oyigbo put home a driving lay-in.
  • The Chargers notched a tying 15-3 run, as five players scored, with Lane making the tying free throws with 45 seconds left.
  • However, Gardner's turnaround buzzer-beater sent the Purple Knights ahead 28-26 at halftime.
  • A Gardner triple 13 seconds into the second stanza pushed the lead to five, and the visitors went up by as many as seven points three times before Rowland had five points in a tying 7-0 run, knotting the teams at 40 with 13:18 remaining.
  • The teams played through seven lead changes between 11:50 and 8:09, as Lane's lay-in created a 53-52 edge before sophomore Tavin Pierre Philippe's triple provided the Chargers a 58-54 lead with 6:08 left.
  • Gardner netted the next four points before Gorham's driving lay-up pushed Saint Michael's in front, 60-58, at 3:36, and Gardner countered Rowland's tying bucket with a go-ahead freebie at 2:54 (61-60).
  • However, Rowland's lay-up with 2:28 left turned the lead again, and Lopez converted a three-point play at 1:33 to produce a 65-61 margin. Saint Michael's missed its final four shots.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Thursday vs. The College of Saint Rose, 6 p.m.