Rochester extends home win streak
DiBartolomeo lifts Yellowjackets by No. 25 Washington-St. Louis
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- John DiBartolomeo scored 27 points and handed out eight assists as Rochester knocked off 25th-ranked Washington-St. Louis 94-84 at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Friday night.
DiBartolomeo led five Yellowjackets in double figures. Nate Vernon scored 19 points and hit five three-poitners. Nate Novosel and Kevin Sheehy had 11 points apiece. Rob Reid scored 10 points and added four steals. Rochester improves 12-7 overall, including a 3-5 mark in University Athletic Association action.
Dylan Richter and Chris Klimek scored 20 points apiece for Washington-St. Louis in a losing effort. The Bears fall to 14-5 overall, and 6-2 in the UAA.
The Yellowjackets won their 12th consecutive home UAA game dating back to the end of the 2009-10 season. Rochester is 8-0 at home this season and has won its last 16 regular-season home games.
Rochester shot 53 percent from the floor in the first half, including 64 percent from outside the arc (9 of 14). Vernon and Sheehy had three treys apiece in the first stanza. Tyler Seidman sank a three-pointer to ignite a 14-0 run over a 3:42 span to build a 27-16 lead with 7:53 left in the first half for the Yellowjackets. Four players hit 3-pointers -- Seidman, Vernon, Sheehy, and DiBartolomeo -- and Reid sank a layup to account for the scoring in that span. Rochester led 45-34 at the half.
The Yellowjacket lead ballooned to 20 in the second half after two free throws by Marcus Williams (66-46 at 13:05). Two more free throws by Williams made it 80-65 with 7:19 to go. Richter sank a pair of threes to key a 10-2 burst that brought the Bears deficit to just 82-75 with 4:00 left. Ben Hoener’s layup in the final minute cut it to six, but DiBartolomeo, Vernon, and Sheehy all made two free throws apiece down the stretch to nail down the win.