Men's basketball completes non-conference slate in setback at streaking LIU Post

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team completed its non-conference schedule with an 81-68 loss to a streaking LIU Post team on Wednesday in the Pratt Recreation Center. The Purple Knights slipped to 4-6 in having their two-game winning streak snapped, while the Pioneers, winners of seven in a row, are 7-3.

Sophomore James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) posted 17 points and five blocks as a reserve, and classmate Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Winchendon School) turned in 15 points while adding four rebounds and two assists. Senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) had eight points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) and first-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) turned in eight points apiece.

Junior Vaughn Allen (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) led the Pioneers with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds, and senior Jonathan Kohler (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown) netted 15 points with seven boards. Sophomore Charles McCann (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Saint Mary's) had a double-double of 10 points and 11 caroms.

The Purple Knights turned an early 12-7 deficit into a 17-12 lead by 13:41 of the opening half, netting 10 straight points during a 2:06 stretch. Cambronne and Crawford had four each in that time, as the teams combined to make 14 of their first 21 attempts. LIU Post forged ties at 17, 20 and 23 apiece, but Grippo drained three-pointers to break the first two knots, and sophomore Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) drained another to make it 26-23 at 7:19. After scoring 23 points in the first 13:00 of action, the Pioneers went on an 18-4 run over 5:58 before carrying a 41-32 advantage into the locker room.

Thompson hit a jumper 1:03 into the second stanza to bring the Purple Knights within seven, but the visitors never again trailed by fewer than 13 after a 10-0 LIU Post run put the hosts ahead by a 59-40 count at 13:15.

The Purple Knights head to 10th-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. game.