March 15, 2009

BROOKVILLE, NY --- Top-seeded and No. 2 ranked L.I.U.-C.W. Post lived up to its billing while ending the season for fourth-seeded Assumption College, 75-61, in the semifinal round of the N.C.A.A. Division II East Regional SUNDAY night at the Pratt Center.

In the first game, Jason Westrol hit a three-pointer with one second left in the second overtime as second-seeded Bentley University edged seventh seeded Merrimack College, 79-76, to advance to Tuesday's regional final against 28-0 L.I.U.-C.W. Post at 7:30 p.m. at the Pratt Center. The Greyhounds finished their season 23-10.

"You have to give them credit," said Greyhounds head coach SERGE DEBARI. "They are athletic, they can shoot it, and they defend well. You aren't undefeated at this point in the season without having all the parts in place."

"You can't turn the ball over as much as we did in the first half in particular and survive." The Greyhounds who averaged just 15 turnovers a game committed a season-high 19 muscues by the break against the quick aggressive Pioneers.

The first half was an enigma for the Greyhounds. Junior transfer forward SAVOY FRAINE (Grenada Hills, CA/Grenada Hills) led all scorers with 11 first-half points, while junior guard COURTLAND BLUFORD Courtland Bluford (Ft. Washington, MD/St. Vincent Pallotti) added seven points off-the-bench. The Greyhounds shot .545 from the floor (12-for-22) including making six-of-12 from three-point territory, while Post made 15-of-34 from the floor (.429). Senior guard NICK CARTER (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman) led post with 10 points.

The Hounds led 24-18 however a 20-6 run to finish the half put the Pioneers in command, 38-30. Senior guard JONATHAN SCHMIDT (Centereach, NY/Saint Anthony's) scored seven points in a 10-0 run which started the spurt.

At that point postgraduate forward GREG TWOMEY (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable) drained two three-pointers to keep the Greyhounds close at 30-27. Carter and junior guard ROBERTO MACKLIN (Wappingers Falls, NY/Beacon) made back-to-back three pointersr to put Post in command, 38-30.

A 9-0 run in the second half carried the Greyhound back into contention down just 44-43 with 15;01 left. Shea finished that run with a inside move.

The Greyhounds did move in front once in the second half as Shea drilled a top-of-the-circle three-pointer for a 53-51 advantage. It was his 990th and final career point. He finished with a team-leading 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Bluford (12 points), Fraine (11 points) and sophomore forward MIKE BALDARELLI (10 points) all reached double figures. Carter (21 points) and Schmidt (20 points) led Post.