Stonehill slips by District of Columbia
Hamor scores game-high 28 points as Skyhawks advance
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Stonehill held off a late charge to claim a 65-61 victory against District of Columbia in first-round action of the 2012 NCAA Division II Tournament East Regional at Andrew Laska Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Stonehill (22-8, 15-7 NE-10) advances to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year. District of Columbia closes its season with a 22-6 record overall, 13-3 in the East Coast Conference, after making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2004.
Brian Hamor led the way for Stonehill with a game-high 26 points as he hit 8-of-18 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, while converting 7-of-10 free-throws. Patrick Lee notched his ninth double-double of the season as he finished with 14 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds (five offensive), shooting 6-for-13 from the field and converting both free-throw attempts on the afternoon.
Adam Fazzini again keyed a Stonehill bench that outscored the UDC reserves 13-3 with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, while converting both free-throw attempts, to go with two boards and two assists in 31 minutes. Jack Cole chipped in with eight rebounds for the Skyhawks.
Dishawn Bradshaw led District of Columbia with 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, while converting all four free-throw attempts, with five rebounds. Brandon Herbert added 17 points and two steals, while Dyrek Jones pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds with eight points. Nigel Munson, who entered the game averaging over 19 points a contest, was limited to four points on 2-of-10 shooting, adding five assists and three boards.
Stonehill shot 39.7 percent (23-for-58) from the field, including 36.4 percent (8-22) from 3-point range, while converting 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) free-throws. The Skyhawks connected on 5-of-10 three-pointers in the second half and held a 41-40 rebounding edge while committing just nine turnovers. UDC, shooting over 44 percent from the field for the year, was held to 35.9 percent (23-64) from the field, but hit 8-of-16 three-pointers, and connected on 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) free-throws. The Firebirds posted a 15-5 advantage in second-chance points and turned the ball over just seven times.