March 7, 2009

Courtesy Gwynedd-Mercy Athletics

POMONA, N.J. – Gwynedd-Mercy had their season come to an end as host Richard Stockton knocked out the Griffins, 95-88, in a second-round NCAA Tournament Game Saturday night.

Junior Matt Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa./Strawberry Mansion) led the Griffins with a career-high 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting including six three-pointers. Sophomore Jon Hogga (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) added 23 as the Ospreys used a key scoring run top open up a close first half which saw either team lead by more than four points.

Johnson’s fifth trey of the first half again gave Gwynedd a four-point lead with 2:43 left before a 7-0 run from the Ospreys made it a 40-37 Stockton edge on a Michael Farrow bucket.

McCauley would hit from downtown to tie it and after both teams traded buckets, Jerome
Hubbard scored on a driving finger roll and drew a foul. His three-point play with four seconds before the break gave Stockton a 45-42 edge which stayed that way at the half.

GM was 15-of-24 (62.5%) shooting it the first half including an 8-for-12 stint from downtown, but committed 11 turnovers compared to Stockton’s five.

The Ospreys used a 15-6 run to open the 2nd half, turning a three-point lead into a 60-48 Stockton edge.

Gwynedd battled to get within nine at the 10:01 mark and again at 2:59 on a three from Hogga. Johnson would nail his sixth three-pointer for a 91-80 score.

The Griffins wouldn’t go away. Johnson found Mike Payne off a turnover to make it 91-83 with 1:06 remaining.

Gwynedd gave it one last push as Hogga’s three-point play notched the score at 93-86 with 25 ticks left. After an offensive foul on the next Osprey possession, Gwynedd turned right back over which sucked the wind out of the Griffin sails for good.

For the game GM shot 50.8% was (30-of-59) with a 12-of-28 3-point effort. Senior Tim McCauley (Philadelphia, Pa./Father Judge) and junior Lemeire Talley (Blackwood, N.J./Highland) each added 10 points apiece.