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Men's Basketball Has Hot Hand From Behind Arc But Falls At Saint Joseph's (Maine)

Monday, February 4, 2008
Alfond Center, Standish, Maine


STANDISH, Maine--  Freshman Eric Friend (Portland, Maine) scored 25 points to lead three players in double figures as Saint Joseph’s (Maine) notched an 84-71 Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Suffolk Monday evening at the Alfond Center.

The host Monks (10-9, 8-4 Great Northeast) jumped out to an early 10-point advantage just 4:19 into the contest, but the visiting Rams (2-17, 1-11 Great Northeast) battled back to even matters at 30-30 on a three-pointer by freshman Mike Fleming (Exeter, N.H.) with 6:42 to play before intermission.  Saint Joseph’s scored nine of the final 14 points of the half to grab a 39-34 advantage at the break, but Suffolk scored the first five points of the second half to forge a 39-39 tie on a jumper by sophomore Alan Jaziri (Norwich, Conn.) in the opening minute of play.  The Monks took control of the game, however, by scoring 13 unanswered points over the next four-plus minutes, and after the visitors closed back to within seven points, the hosts built their advantage to as many as 21 points in the final 2:25 of play.

Junior Elbie Murphy (Loudonville, N.Y.) added 19 points and eight assists in the win for Saint Joseph’s, which also received a double-double effort of 18 points and 11 rebounds from freshman Chris Davis (New York, N.Y.).  The Monks shot 51 percent from the field and held a 52-33 rebounding edge while enjoying an 18-8 scoring advantage at the foul line for the evening.

Fleming scored a career-high 23 points in the setback for Suffolk, which also received 14 points and six rebounds from junior Brian Small (Stoughton, Mass.) as well as 11 points from Jaziri.  Freshman Mario Massimino (East Haven, Conn.) matched Small’s team-high board total with six caroms for the Rams, who shot 36 percent from the floor overall and connected for 11 three-pointers, including a career-high seven treys from Fleming.  The visitors forced 27 Saint Joseph’s turnovers on the night and dished out 18 assists, including four each by Small and sophomore Joseph Ransom (Sheffield, England).

Suffolk hosts Daniel Webster in a Great Northeast outing on Wednesday evening at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 7:30 p.m., while Saint Joseph’s heads to Nashua, N.H. on Wednesday evening to take on Rivier in a Great Northeast match-up that tips-off at 7:00 p.m.