ALBANY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team's late comeback bid fell shy during a 75-65 loss at The College of Saint Rose on Saturday in Nolan Gymnasium. The Purple Knights are now 3-14 overall and 1-11 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Golden Knights improved to 8-10 and 6-6.
Sophomore Colin Richey (Upton, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall) turned in a career-high 15 points to pace the visitors, dishing out five assists while committing only one turnover in addition to shooting 6-of-8, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Junior Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) upped his Division II-high double-doubles total to 13 behind 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 11 rebounds, while senior Morrell Gaskins (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) neared one with 12 points and nine boards. With 662 career rebounds, Bonds passed Brian Young '89 (657) and Bryan Duffy '91 (657) for 17th in program history.
First-year Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) tacked on 11 points, four boards and two steals, senior Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) had nine points and two helpers, while junior Zaire Williams (Paterson, N.J./Newark Academy) dished out four assists.
First-year Pharroh Gordon paced Saint Rose with 19 points, junior Tyler Sayre and sophomore Mical-Ryan Boyd both scored 14, and classmate Julian Lipinski netted 10. Junior Damon Coleman totaled seven assists, no turnovers and five steals.
Bonds scored the first four points and Gaskins the next four in an 8-0 run that countered Boyd's game-opening lay-in, and Williams dished to first-year Winston Jones II (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) for a jumper before dropping a lay-up home 40 seconds later that gave Saint Michael's a 12-4 advantage at 15:07 of the opening half. Gordon and Coleman responded with back-to-back threes, but the Purple Knights pushed back ahead by six points twice on Richey makes, first due to a jumper at 12:20 and then a trey at 9:34. The triple made it 23-17, but the Golden Knights swung in front on the strength of a 13-2 run, with Sayre scoring six points.
The next six points came from the Purple Knights, with Grippo netting the first four before dishing to Bonds for a go-ahead bucket at 2:45, making it 31-30. During a run that bridged halftime - when the visitors trailed 36-31 - Saint Rose put together a 16-3 stretch, with Gordon providing half the points. Bonds' three-point play brought the visitors within 46-37 with 16:53 left in regulation, but the hosts extended their lead to 16 1:40 later.
Still down 16 at 13:50, Saint Michael's compiled a 13-2 jaunt to edge within 57-52, and Holmes and Richey scored four points apiece, with Richey also assisting a Jones hoop at 8:18 that concluded the run. Saint Rose put together a 5-of-6 performance from the charity stripe in the nearly four minutes that followed to reestablish a 12-point advantage, but Holmes and Richey canned triples 30 seconds apart to halve the deficit to 66-60 with 2:14 to go. However, Boyd responded with a jumper, a Purple Knight went 1-of-2 on free throws, and Gordon knocked down a three to give the hosts a double-digit edge with less than a minute remaining.
Saint Michael's hosts its next two games, first taking on the University of New Haven on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.