Men's basketball drops NE10 home decision to Bentley

Men's basketball drops NE10 home decision to Bentley

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team fell to Bentley University, 93-75, on Wednesday evening during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are 5-19 overall and 4-15 in the league, while the Falcons improved to 12-12 and 9-10.

Sophomore Levi Holmes II (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) led the hosts with 17 points and four assists, shooting 7-of-7 on free throws, while senior Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) reached his 18th double-double of the season by halftime, ending with 15 points, 17 rebounds, seven offensive boards and three assists in 25 minutes. First-year Stan Foster (Rochester, N.Y./Avon Old Farms School) went 3-of-3 from three-point range for 13 points, two short of his career high, but his best total in an NE10 game. He shot 5-of-7 overall and added two assists. Senior Zaire Williams (Paterson, N.J./Newark Academy) posted 12 points and two steals, while sophomore Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) had six points and six boards.

Bonds, who pushed his career point total to 1,481, is one double-double shy of the 19 he turned in last year, which were the most by a Purple Knight since complete rebounding figures became available in 1981-82. In addition to forging past the 400-offensive-rebound mark for his career, with 401, Bonds moved into 11th in program history with 579 made field goals, passing Brian Monahan '08 (575) and former teammate Mike Holton Jr. '15 (576). He also matched BJ Robertson '06 for 24th in blocks (42).

Bonds' 522 points this season match Monahan (2007-08) for the 18th-most in program history and, by increasing his rebound total to 304, Bonds is just the fourth Purple Knight ever with 500 points and 300 boards in a season, and the fifth with multiple 300-rebound seasons. He became the 13th Saint Michael's player with 200 field goals in one campaign (203) and has 114 offensive boards, the most since offensive rebounding figures became available in 1992-93. In fact, Bonds has the top three figures as the only player to reach 100.

Senior Matt Barr totaled 20 points and nine assists to lead Bentley, while sophomore Ryan Richmond added 19 points and five assists while going 6-of-6 on freebies. Junior Brandon Wheeler recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds, while first-year Chris Hudson shot 7-of-9 off the bench for 15 points.

Bonds and Holmes each had 12 points by halftime, at which point Bonds also had nabbed 13 boards, as the hosts led by as many as 15 points. After Barr's lay-in at 15:58 of the opening stanza knotted the teams at 10, Holmes and Bonds produced back-to-back buckets, and the Purple Knights led by as many as seven points three times. Senior Chris Murray's triple cut the hole to 29-25 with 5:54 to go, and the hosts embarked on a 12-1 run in an ensuing 2:12 stretch, as Bonds' four points led four scorers. Foster's trey at 2:45 kept his team up by 15 before Falcons canned back-to-back long-range shots, but Cheatom's jumper at 53 seconds sent the hosts into the locker room up 46-35.

Bentley finished off a 13-2 run when sophomore Kyle Bouchard's lay-up brought the visitors within 46-42 at 17:41 of the second period, but Bonds hit a freebie before Holmes' two from the charity stripe pushed the lead back out to seven. Murray's triple capped a 10-2 jaunt that put the Falcons back in front, counting as the first of five lead changes over a 2:02 stretch. Williams' jumper knotted the game at 57, but Richmond's basket with 11:21 left put his team ahead for good. First-year Thomas Jackson III (Middletown, Conn./Holderness School) nailed a three to keep Saint Michael's within 62-60, but Bentley responded with a 15-5 run to go up 12 with 5:44 remaining. The visitors only led by fewer than 10 points for one possession during the rest of the contest.

The Purple Knights close their home slate against Assumption College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., as they will hold a Senior Day ceremony prior to the contest.