Men Drop Second of the Season to Le Moyne
February 5, 2009
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WEST HAVEN -The University of New Haven men’s basketball team fell 65-60 Saturday afternoon to the Le Moyne College Dolphins. With the loss, the Chargers fall to 7-14 overall and 5-11 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Dolphins improve to 11-10 overall and 7-9 in conference play.
Cassius Chaney led the Chargers with 14 first-half points, including four three-point buckets. The Chargers opened by scoring 12 of the first 20 points in the first six minutes. Later in the half, the Dolphins connected from three-point range at the 12:04 mark and cut the UNH lead to one. The Chargers took control of the next six minutes when Josh Paulino drained a three-pointer at the 9:01 mark. That bucket started a 10-2 run for the Chargers. At the 3:22 mark the Dolphins regained the momentum and scored the final eight points of the first half. UNH led by five (31-26) at the break.
The Chargers shot 40% from the floor and 50% from three-point range, while the Dolphins shot 32.3% from the floor and 18.2% from downtown.
Le Moyne gradually narrowed the Chargers lead by scoring eight of the in first 12 points of the opening five minutes of the second half. The Dolphins tied the game at 37 with 12:18 left in regulation. The teams exchanged baskets until the 7:02 mark when D.J. Sackmann made the front end of two free throws. Robert Jamerson grabbed the rebound off Sackmann’s miss and put back a lay-up to give UNH a three-point lead (49-46). Le Moyne then forced turnovers of the Chargers next two possessions and took the lead at the 5:21 mark.
The teams once again exchanged the lead numerous times in the final five minutes. The Dolphins took a three-point lead at the 1:29 mark when they connected on a non-traditional three-point-play. Le Moyne made just enough free throws in the final minute and secured the 65-60 victory.
In the game, UNH shot 40% from the floor, 38.9% from three-point range and 52.9% from the foul line. Le Moyne held an advantage in foul shooting by connecting on 21-of-26 attempts (80.8%) which helped them seal the victory down the stretch.
Chaney finished with a game-high 21 points, while Kelvin Jackson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jamerson added 10 points and nine boards, while both Sackmann and Antwan Hayes finished with five assists.
The Chargers return to action Wednesday, February 4 when they host American International.