TORONTO, Ontario - The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team lost to Toronto Metropolitan University, 96-91, on Saturday in the Mattamy Athletic Centre, falling for the first time in three games on its four-game Canada exhibition tour. The Purple Knights wrap up competition on Monday at Concordia University of Quebec.
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Sophomore Jacob Duniver (Fredericksburg, Va./Woodstock Academy), 20 points, 4 offensive rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
- Junior Kasai Brown (Brooklyn, N.Y./Millbrook School), 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
- First-year Matt Houde (Windsor Locks, Conn./Saint Thomas More School), 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 6-for-14 field goals, 4-for-10 three-pointers
- Senior Dario Milojevic (Windsor, Ontario/Herman Academy/Mississippi Valley State), 10 points, 5-for-9 field goals
- Sophomore Nic Button (Skaneateles, N.Y./Cheshire Academy), 9 points, 3-for-3 field goals, 2-for-2 three-pointers
- Junior Romar Reid (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Woodstock Academy/Manhattan), 7 points, 4 rebounds
- Sophomore Chuma Oyigbo (Stoughton, Mass./Redemption Christian [N.Y.] Academy), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
- Sophomore CJ Crews (Tampa, Fla./Bayshore Christian School), 3 offensive rebounds, 3 steals
- Simon Chamberlain, 36 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 14-for-23 field goals, 6-for-11 three-pointers
- Ankit Choudhary, 29 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals, 10-for-14 field goals, 6-for-10 three-pointers
- Nathan Terry, 10 points, 3 assists
- The Purple Knights continued their 1,000-mile road trip against a Toronto Metropolitan squad that was knocked out of last year's Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Wilson Cup postseason tournament by eventual U SPORTS national champion Carleton (Ont.) University, which has claimed 16 national titles in the past 20 years. Toronto Metropolitan has had its own regional success of late, winning OUA Wilson Cups in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
- Saint Michael's bested Bishop's University of Quebec, 82-78 in overtime, on Wednesday before downing Sheridan College of Ontario, 83-61, on Friday. The Purple Knights will sightsee in Montreal on Sunday during their final off day of the trip.
- The game was played by International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules, which includes four 10-minute quarters (as opposed to two 20-minute halves in the NCAA) and a 24-second shot clock (versus the NCAA's 30-second shot clock).
- The Purple Knights committed only 14 turnovers while forcing the Rams into 24 giveaways. The teams combined to make 27 three-pointers, with the visitors connecting on 14-of-42 (33.3%) from deep and the hosts going 13-for-33 (39.4%). Saint Michael's parlayed a 14-12 edge in offensive rebounds into an 18-8 lead in second-chance points.
- Milojevic is the first Canadian to suit up for the Purple Knights since Montreal native Warren Daniel '00, a four-year member of the team and a captain his senior year.
- Milojevic's lay-in gave Saint Michael's an 11-10 edge at 5:59 of the first quarter before the Rams netted the next 14 points, with Chamberlain and Choudhary both scoring five. Adrian Stevens' bucket with 45 seconds left pushed the lead to 28-14.
- Houde's lay-up created a 33-27 margin at 5:08 of the second quarter before Button's free throw cut the deficit to 38-33 with 3:01 remaining. Duniver sandwiched a lay-up and a free throw around Reid's lay-up, and the visitors were down 43-40 with 1:09 left.
- Terry converted a four-point play with one second to go in the opening half to kick off an 11-4 spurt that pushed the Rams' lead back to 11, at 57-46, at 7:56 of the third period.
- Houde knocked down a triple at 8:28 of the fourth stanza that made it 76-71, but nine of the next 11 points came from Toronto Metropolitan, which extended the lead to 85-73 with 5:46 left.
- The Purple Knights continued to trail by double figures until Duniver put home a lay-in at 2:09 (87-79), but Chamberlain responded with a trey 24 seconds later. Saint Michael's chipped away thanks to a 12-6 run in the final 1:31 but came no closer than three, on Duniver's put-back with three seconds to go.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Monday at Concordia University in Montreal, 7 p.m.