WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University men’s basketball team fell to Le Moyne College in an exhibition contest at the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) Sunday afternoon, 75-66. Sophomore Tyrone O’Garro (Newark, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) registered a double-double of a team-high 10 points and 10 rebounds for MU, while Le Moyne's Nate Champion scored 30 points to pace all scorers.
Freshman Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, N.Y./Kingston) added nine points and seven assists, and junior Deon Jones (Wilmington, Del./Sanford School/Towson) contributed eight points and seven boards. As a team, the Blue and White shot just under 37 percent from the floor.
Le Moyne put three scorers in double-figures, led by Champion, who went 10-for-19 from the field, to go along with nine rebounds. Qwadere Lovell and Ryan Romich each scored 14, with Lovell adding six assists and Romich grabbing eight rebounds. The Dolphins shot 45.2 percent (28-62) from the field in the game.
After a Chris Brady (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields) free throw made the score 9-7, Le Moyne put together a 10-1 run to take a 19-8 lead midway through the first half. Three baskets from junior Andrew Nicholas (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) and a freshman Josh James (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) layup off of a great feed from Robinson helped the Hawks climb back to within one with a 14-4 spurt of their own. The Dolphins closed out the half with a 31-26 lead after getting baskets from four different players down the stretch.
Le Moyne widened its lead to 12 early in the second half, but Monmouth cut it to five on Greg Noack’s (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) second bucket of the half with 11:11 remaining. The visitors answered with an 11-0 run in 2:31 to take a 58-42 lead with 8:40 to play. Le Moyne led by as many as 18 in the second half, getting contributions from all six players who saw action. MU cut it to within eight in the waning minutes, but the Hawks were unable to get any closer.
Monmouth opens its season on Friday night, November 8th when the Hawks travel to Hofstra to take on the Pride. Opening tip is set for 7:00 p.m. at The Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, N.Y.
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