Purple Knights lead until late, fall to streaking New Haven, 66-63

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team suffered a 66-63 defeat at the University of New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference action on Wednesday at Charger Gymnasium. After the loss, the Purple Knights slip to 5-11 overall and 2-10 in the conference, while the Chargers, who notched their 10th straight win, improve to 11-5 and 8-4.

Sophomore Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) paced Saint Michael's with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting while adding seven rebounds. Classmate James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) scored 12 points that included a 5-for-6 showing on free throws, and collected six boards, while senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) finished one rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. Sophomore Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) totaled 12 points and four assists for the visitors.

Sophomore Eric Anderson (Newark, N.J./Newark Tech) netted 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting while tallying 12 rebounds and five assists for New Haven. Senior Jeremy Williams (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) hit 6-of-11 from three-point range to finish with 22 points while also adding five boards and four assists. Junior Jeffery Adkins (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) contributed 13 points, and sophomore Cyrus James (Manchester, Conn./Howell Cheney Tech) controlled five rebounds for New Haven.

Saint Michael's used a 13-4 run to grab a 52-43 lead with 9:54 left to play in the second half. The hosts responded with an 11-2 run during a span of 4:44 to deadlock the game at 54 apiece. Cambronne netted six straight points for the Purple Knights during an 8-2 Saint Michael's run before Williams knocked down a pair of threes during a personal 8-0 run to give his team a 64-62 advantage with 47 ticks remaining. Crawford converted a free throw with 21 seconds left to bring the Purple Knights to within one before the Chargers hit a pair of free throws to move ahead by three. Saint Michael's was unable to force a tie, as it missed on a three-point attempt with two seconds remaining.

Ditlefsen scored six points for the Purple Knights in the game's opening 10:36, as the score stood 14-10 in favor of New Haven. After the Chargers netted four unanswered points, Saint Michael's went on a 6-2 run to climb back to a four-point deficit at 20-16 with 6:19 remaining in the first half. New Haven scored six of the game's next 10 points to grab a 26-20 advantage before first-year Greg Grippo's (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) lay-in capped a 7-0 Purple Knight run that put the visitors ahead, 27-26, with 2:44 left in the half. That was the first of four lead changes during the remainder of the stanza, with the hosts taking 30-29 advantage into the locker room.

Saint Michael's is back in action on Saturday when it hosts The College of Saint Rose at 3:30 p.m.