COLCHESTER, Vt. - After trimming a 17-point second-half deficit to three, the Saint Michael's College men's basketball team had a tying three-pointer just before the buzzer go long during a 77-74 loss to regionally-ranked Bentley University on Wednesday evening in Northeast-10 Conference play at the Ross Sports Center. The Falcons are ranked sixth in the first NCAA East Region rankings.
- Saint Michael's (7-17, 4-15 NE10), Bentley (18-8, 11-8 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep), 35 points (20 in second half), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 9-for-14 three-pointers, 12-for-21 field goals
- Junior Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian), 15 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2-for-3 three-pointers
- Senior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo), 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3-for-5 three-pointers
- Sophomore Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton), 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks
- Senior Jaylen Hall (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park/Richard J. Daley), 2 assists, 2 steals
- Senior Ryan Richmond, 26 points, 4 steals
- Sophomore Colton Lawrence, 15 points, 9 rebounds
- Sophomore Jordan Mello-Klein, 10 points
- Bentley is ranked sixth in the first NCAA East Region rankings.
- Twelve of the Purple Knights' last 15 games have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
- Saint Michael's has suffered losses to 10 teams at least receiving votes toward regional polls.
- The Purple and Gold shot 14-of-28 from three-point range but only 6-of-8 on free throws to Bentley's 14-for-20 effort.
- The Falcons held a narrow 13-12 edge in offensive rebounding but parlayed that into an 18-6 advantage in second-chance points.
- Holmes' 10th career 30-point game. His nine three-pointers were one shy of a program record he shares with James Sorrentine '08 and tied the most by an NCAA East Region player this year after Post University's D.J. Jarrett turned the feat just last night.
- Holmes upped his career point total to 1,760, passing both Ken Johnson '76 (1,733) and Mike Holton Jr. '15 (1,750) to claim fifth in program history in scoring. Holmes is just two points shy of 1965 NBA Draft selection Rich Tarrant '65 for fourth place.
- Cheatom passed Monroe Blakes '92 M'93 (124) for 16th in three-pointers (126).
- Cheatom's triple at 17:20 of the opening half accounted for the fourth lead change, giving Saint Michael's a 7-6 edge.
- Lawrence's personal 7-0 run concluded at 13:35, putting Bentley up by six.
- The Purple Knights responded with a 14-0 run, as Holmes buried four threes in a matter of 3:11 to make it 21-13 with 9:53 remaining. Another Holmes trey extended the lead to 26-16.
- The Falcons immediately countered with a 20-3 run, including netting the final 15 points, with Richmond scoring eight. The visitors led 36-29 with 3:36 to go and headed into the locker room up 42-36 after Richmond's buzzer-beating three.
- Richmond's triple came amid him scoring 10 straight Bentley points, kicking off a 15-3 run that extended the lead to 54-39 by 14:11 of the second stanza. The Falcons' advantage swelled to 17 three times, including 65-48 with 9:24 remaining.
- Holmes' three capped a quick 8-0 spurt that made it 65-56 with 7:52 left, but Richmond's three-point play extended the lead back to 71-58 at 4:32.
- Saint Michael's scored 16 of the final 22 points, all of which Guzman and Holmes combined to record. The Purple Knights forced three turnovers in the final 4:00, yielding 4-of-8 free throw shooting to Division II's top charity stripe squad (82.5%) and 1-for-3 field goal shooting.
- Guzman's jumper at 3:20 cut the deficit to 74-67, and Holmes responded to junior Chris Hudson's free throw by canning a three with 2:57 left to make it 75-70. The teams traded hoops before first-year Jontai Williams' (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) steal preceded Guzman sinking two free throws at 2:03, cutting the deficit to 77-74.
- After Saint Michael's had two tying threes miss the mark early in the final minute, Bentley snagged a missed lay-up try but missed two key free throws at 13.2 seconds, giving the hosts one final chance. However, a corner three try just before the buzzer was strong, and the Falcons controlled the board.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday at No. 19 Saint Anselm College, 3:30 p.m.
- The Hawks' national ranking is according to the D2SIDA National Media Poll, and they are first in the NCAA's regional rankings.