WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Keene State College men's basketball team allowed John Carroll University to knock down 18 three pointers in a 116-88 loss to the Blue Streaks on the second day of the Mose Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic/Great Lakes Invitational at Timken Gymnasium on Sunday.
- Keene State: 3-7
- John Carroll: 7-3
How it Happened
Senior Ben Olson led Keene State with a season high 14 points, connecting on 6-of-8 shots from the field. Junior Miguel Prieto added 12 points and three assists, while classmate DeVon Beasley tossed in 11. Freshman Jeff Hunter grabbed a team high seven rebounds, and Jeric Cichon passed out six of KSC's 17 assists.
Junior Jackson Sartain led all players with 30 points, making 12 of his 17 attempts from the floor, including six three pointers. Senior Jimmy Berger netted 14 points, with fellow senior Connor Fitzgerald adding 13 and sophomore Emmett Chambers chipping in 12. Senior Sean Flannery just missed out on a double-double with nine points and 11 assists.
The Blue Streaks never trailed in the contest, breaking a 2-2 tie with Sartain's first basket of the game. That kicked off a 14-5 run for the Blue Streaks, who went up 18-9 on Fitzgerald's jumper at the 14:18 mark. Beasley hit a three pointer on the next KSC possession to cut the lead to six at 18-12, but John Carroll kept pulling away, taking a 29-14 lead on a three from Jimmy Berger.
Cichon's steal and feed to Nick Redden for a three trimmed the margin back to 10 (33-23) with 9:04 to go, but JCU closed the half outscoring the Owls 26-16, with Flannery scoring with five seconds left in the opening stanza for a 59-39 lead at halftime.
John Carroll kept going after the break, with Fitzgerald burying threes on back-to-back possessions for a 74-49 lead with 16:29 left in the game, and Hugh Brown's bucket at the 9:35 mark pushed the Blue Streaks' lead to its largest of the game, at 94-63. The Owls scored 11 straight points to get within 20 at 94-73, but could not get closer the rest of the way.
In the Paint
- The 116 points allowed were the most since KSC gave up 112 in a triple-overtime loss to Loras College (Iowa) on December 30, 2015. The school record for points allowed in a game is 138, done against New Hampshire College (now called Southern New Hampshire University) in the second game of the 1992-93 season.
- Cichon and Olson became the 11th and 12th players, respectively, to start a game for Keene State this season.
- James Anozie crept closer to the 1000 point mark; with seven points tonight, the Owls' junior center needs 106 points to become the 36th player in school history to reach the millenium mark.
- Keene State returns to home to resume Little East Conference action when the Owls host the University of Southern Maine on January 4 at 3 p.m. John Caroll gets back to conference play as well on January 4, hosting Ohio Northern University.