December 31, 2012

Ditlefsen, Grippo earn spots on NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll after career-best performances

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball sophomore Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) and first-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) were both named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, Dec. 30.

During the Purple Knights' 83-64 victory over Caldwell College on Sunday, Ditlefsen poured in a career-high 27 points, shooting 7-for-8 overall, including 5-for-6 from three-point range, and 8-of-8 on free throws after attempting only four free throws in the first eight games. While also running the point for much of the game, Ditlefsen added five assists versus one turnover. During a 21-0 second-half run that gave the Purple Knights the lead for good, he played a role in 10 points, scoring four and dishing off on a pair of threes. Ditlefsen hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with 11:39 left.

Grippo turned in a season-high 20 points versus Caldwell, shooting 6-for-10 from three-point range. He also hit both free throw attempts and collected two rebounds, two assists and a block. Grippo had 12 points in the second half alone.

For the season, Ditlefsen's 10.9 points per game are 0.1 short of the team lead, as he has shot 45.8 percent, including 41.5 percent from three-point range. His 22 treys pace the squad, and he is tied for first in steals (11). Ditlefsen stands tied for sixth in the conference by making 2.4 triples per game. Grippo averages 6.6 points thanks to a 48.5-percent (16-for-33) standing from beyond the arc, which ties him for fifth in the NE-10. In addition to starting the past four games, the 6-foot-3 Grippo has seven blocks for a team collecting 5.9 per contest, its best average since 1989-90.

The Purple Knights, who entered last week sixth in Division II in scoring defense and 11th in blocks per contest, are 4-5 overall and 1-5 in the NE-10. They head to non-league foe LIU Post on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. contest.

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