The regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College men's basketball team suffered a 63-54 loss to defending Northeast-10 Conference Championship winner Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights, who are sixth in this week's NCAA East Region poll, fall to 18-7 overall and 13-7 in the NE-10. The Penmen are 14-10 and 11-9.
Saint Michael's, which lost for only the third time in 13 home games this winter, is guaranteed a spot in the 10-team NE-10 Championship, hitting the road for a quarterfinal next Sunday at an opponent to be determined. Each of its seven losses has come by 10 points or less.
First-year Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) tallied 13 points and nine rebounds in just 16 minutes off the bench, shooting 5-of-6, while junior Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) had 11 points and 10 boards in 23 minutes for his third double-double of the season. Junior Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) scored 10 points, pushing his career figure to 1,305, while classmate Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) matched him with 10 points, shooting 3-of-4 from three-point range. Sophomore Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) dished four assists off the bench.
Saint Michael's completes its regular season on Tuesday at Merrimack College at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Michael's College women's basketball sophomore Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) hit two late free throws to force overtime before dropping in the winning bucket with 29 seconds remaining in a 64-63 victory over Southern New Hampshire University on Senior Day in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights improved to 4-20 overall and 3-17 in the Northeast-10 Conference, snapping a 12-game losing streak, while the Penmen are 7-18 and 5-15 while falling for the seventh consecutive contest.
Burud scored 10 points off the bench while pulling down a career-high-tying 11 rebounds for the second straight game, recording eight on the offensive end alone. She added four assists and two steals, as 17 of the 22 boards she has snagged in the past two games were offensive. The hosts held a 46-30 advantage on the glass, including 19-4 at the offensive end, to help overcome shooting 35.3 percent to the Penmen's 44.6 percent.
Senior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) totaled 12 points and six rebounds, and junior reserve Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) matched her career high with 12 points, shooting 5-of-6. Classmate Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) added eight points and eight rebounds, while three Purple Knights scored six points, as all eight players who saw action scored. Senior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) dished out five assists in her final home game, becoming the 41st player in school history to appear in 100 games, and first-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) tallied four steals.
The Purple Knights complete their 2013-14 season on Tuesday at Merrimack College at 5:30 p.m.
Courtesy: St. Michael's Athletics
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