COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team suffered its ninth single-digit loss of the season on Saturday, 65-56 to The College of Saint Rose in the Ross Sports Center during a Northeast-10 Conference match-up. The Purple Knights are now 5-12 overall and 2-11 in the league, while the Golden Knights improved to 10-7 and 7-6.
Sophomore James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the second half for the Purple and Gold, while classmate Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) approached a double-double thanks to 11 points and nine rebounds. First-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) added 10 points, senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) totaled eight points and nine boards, while sophomore Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) had eight points and four assists. Classmate Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) dished off a game-high five helpers.
Junior Dominykas Milka (Queens, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) recorded 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for Saint Rose, and first-year Tyler Sayre (Garnerville, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) scored 12 of his 14 points in the second stanza. Junior Dan Mundweiler (Kansas City, Mo./Olathe East) added 13 points, and first-year Chris Dorgler (Floral Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) had 11 points and five steals off the bench.
Saint Rose scored four of the game's first six points before Ditlefsen canned a pair of three-pointers 25 seconds apart, giving his squad an 8-4 edge at 15:17 of the opening half. Milkas scored the next two hoops, as he scored each of the Golden Knights' first eight points, before Saint Michael's went on a 10-2 run during which time Grippo had six points. Knutty's jumper at 5:07 pushed the visitors in front, 18-10, and Ditlefsen's fast-break bucket with 53 seconds left gave Saint Michael's a 28-19 lead, its largest of the game. Saint Rose scored the final four points to draw within five by the intermission.
The Purple Knights twice pushed their lead back to six points early in the second stanza, including on a Cambronne jumper that made it 38-32. Saint Rose countered with a 15-4 run, capped by Mundweiler hitting a three with 9:03 remaining to produce a 47-42 margin, before Knutty hit a jumper to trim his team's deficit to one at 8:06. However, four different Golden Knights scored in an ensuing 13-2 run, as Milka's bucket at 1:50 gave the visitors a 60-48 advantage. Thompson and Cambronne later knocked down threes 37 seconds apart to bring their team within six, but it came no closer.
The Purple Knights remain home to face 16th-ranked Assumption College on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Greyhounds were ranked this week by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).