– The Monmouth University men’s basketball team fell to 3-8 in the Northeast Conference following its 79-63 defeat at Quinnipiac University in TD Bank Sports Center on Thursday night. The Hawks, who were led by Jesse Steele
’s (Milford, N.J./Oak Hill Academy) 13 points and Ed Waite
’s (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Pine Crest) 12 points, fall to 8-16 overall.
The Hawks, who shot 41.1% (23-56) from the field, also got an eight-point, eight-rebound night from Tyrone O'Garro
(Newark, N.J./Saint Peter’s Prep).
“We take our hat off to the Quinnipiac team and coaches,” stated head coach King Rice
. “They were very, very physical. They moved us around. They were bigger and stronger. They started the game 7-for-7 from the field and we couldn't recover from that. I feel bad for our kids because they have been working hard, but just haven't been able to get over the hump. But we are going to continue to work and continue to try to get better. Our guys in that locker room right now are real low, but we as coaches need to pick them up. So, we will be ready to practice tomorrow and keep trying to get better."
Quinnipiac, which opened 7-for-7 from the field, raced out to a 15-2 lead, as the Hawks misfired on their first six possessions of the game. Following a 6-0 spurt over a 1:22 of play by the Hawks, Monmouth trailed 15-8 after Waite’s drive, before Shaq Shannon’s wing three-pointer gave the Bobcats a 20-10 edge with 13:23 left in the half.Max DiLeo
’s (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) corner trifecta and O’Garro’s offensive putback pulled MU within 22-15, while Stephen Spinella
’s (Colts Neck, N.J./Apex Academy) strong drive down the lane made the tally 26-19 with 8:38 showing.
The Bobcats built their lead back up to 13, 38-25, following Ousmane Drame’s putback, before Steele’s three-pointer made the score 38-28 at 1:36. After Justin Harris’ three-point play at 1:15, O’Garro’s tip-in as time expired on the half, pulled MU within 41-30 at the break.
QU opened the second half with a 9-3 streak over the first 3:24 of action, to haul in a 50-33 advantage on Shannon’s drive. Shannon pushed the Bobcats ahead 56-37, and after Dion Nesmith
’s (Union, N.J./Union) drive trimmed the deficit to 56-39 at 13:19, QU answered with a 10-0 run to go in front 66-39 on Evan Conti’s three-pointer with 11:25 showing.
The Hawks responded with a 9-2 run of their own, highlighted by a pair of baskets from O’Garro and Jalen Palm
’s (Louisville, Kent./Butler) three-pointer to climb within 68-48, while Christian White
’s (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) trey from the top of the key made the score 74-53 with 4:00 remaining.
Monmouth returns to action on Saturday, February 9, when the Hawks travel to Fairleigh Dickinson University for a Northeast Conference contest at 4:30 p.m.
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