GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Junior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) reached the 1,000-point plateau for his career while the Saint Michael's College men's basketball team lost to Adelphi University, 106-74, on Saturday in the Center for Recreation and Sports. The Purple Knights, who had won four of their last six games, are now 5-11 overall and 2-9 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Panthers improved to 6-12 and 2-8.
Playing a little more than 60 miles from his hometown, Holmes scored 21 points in 26 minutes for his 10th 20-point outing of the year. With his jumper at 19:05 of the second half, he became the 46th player in the more than 100 years of basketball at Saint Michael's to reach 1,000 points, but just the 15th junior. With 1,014 points through 67 games, Holmes passed three others on the 1,000-point list and is 43rd all-time in scoring. Holmes, who netted 17 of his points in 16 minutes during the second half, also finished the game with a career-high-tying nine rebounds.
Junior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) tacked on 12 points, while redshirt sophomore Stan Foster (Rochester, N.Y./Avon Old Farms School) had 11. Sophomore Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) totaled nine points, six rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes, while first-year Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton) had eight points on 4-of-4 shooting with five rebounds. Senior Colin Richey (Upton, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall) dished off five assists, and sophomore Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) blocked two shots.
For Adelphi, which entered the game averaging a league-high 88.8 points, which was also good for first in the region and 14th in Division II, junior Jack Laffey shot 6-of-10 from three-point range en route to a game-high 28 points. Classmate Tavon Ginyard scored 21 points and handed off four assists, while senior Doug Chappell contributed 13 points and four assists off the bench. Junior Nick Cambio pulled down 13 rebounds and also had four helpers. The Panthers connected on 16 triples while dishing out 25 assists to only nine turnovers.
Cheatom's lay-up at 15:17 of the opening period created an 8-8 knot, the third tie of the contest, but Adelphi put together a 25-4 run in response, connecting on five three-pointers in that time. Senior Michael Coffey's trey capped the stretch, making it 33-12 at 9:41. Heter put home a lay-up before Foster knocked down a pair of free throws to trim the deficit to 17, and another Heter hoop kept the visitors within 36-18, but a 9-3 run around a Foster triple gave the Panthers a 24-point cushion with 2:04 left. They took a 50-29 lead into the locker room.
The opening 2:27 of the second half saw Holmes score four points, including his milestone bucket, and Cheatom and Richey a bury triple apiece, bringing Saint Michael's within 57-39, but five Panthers scored during a 16-5 run that put the hosts up by 29, and they never again led by fewer than 24 points.
Saint Michael's hosts its next two games, starting with Pace University next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.