Newburgh, NY| Despite a double-double performance from sophomore Frank Basile, the St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's basketball team (4-17, 4-12 Skyline) suffered a narrow 67-65 defeat to Mount St. Mary College (9-12, 9-7 Skyline) in Newburgh, NY on Monday evening.
Basile, who shot 7-for-12 from the field, scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Both totals matched game-highs.
Leading the way for the Knights was Tyler McDine, who scored 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field.
Falling behind early, SJC battled back and took a 23-21 lead with 4:46 to play in the first when Basile converted on a layup. But the lead was short-lived as the hosts tallied eight of the first-half's final 11 points to take a 29-26 advantage into the break.
A strong start to the second saw the Golden Eagles retake the lead and eventually go up three points following Higgins' layup 4:27 into the frame. Three consecutive free throw completions by McDine knotted the score back up, this time at 39, seconds later and kick-started a run that saw the Knights eventually build a nine-point lead (57-48) with 7:00 to play in regulation.
Refusing to quit, SJC clawed all the back to within one point (66-65) when Basile drained a three-ball with 40 seconds on the clock, but the guests were held and eventually fell by a 67-65 scoreline.
Despite falling short, SJC shot much better from the field--48.1% to MSMC's 38.3%--and outrebounded the Knights 41-33.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Wednesday, February 7 when they visit Skyline Conference rival Farmingdale State. Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm.