Suffolk Tips Saint Joseph’s, 80-78

Suffolk Tips Saint Joseph’s, 80-78

STANDISH, Maine – Suffolk University (13-6, 4-1 GNAC) outlasted Saint Joseph's College (15-5, 5-2 GNAC), 80-78, in a hard-fought Great Northeast Athletic Conference men's basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday evening.


The well-matched conference foes swapped the lead eight times – all in the first half – but the Rams gained separation with a 13-4 run in the four minutes leading up to halftime and carried a 45-36 advantage heading into intermission. Suffolk sophomore guard Brendan Mulson (Albany, N.Y.) connected for a three-pointer 22 seconds into the final frame to extend his team's lead to a game-high 12 points (48-36).

The Monks fought back into contention with a 16-6 surge as a pair of layups from freshman forward David Keohan (West Newfield, Maine) capped the SJC run with the hosts trailing by a 54-52 margin with 12:30 remaining.

The Rams extended their lead to eight points (64-56) after Mulson netted a layup with 8:07 on the clock, but the Monks posted a 10-2 outbreak, closed out by a Jack Hostetler (Somers, Conn.) three-pointer, tying the game at 66-apiece with 6:02 left to play.

The conference counterparts essentially traded blows during the following four minutes. Senior guard Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) hitting a pair of free throws to tie the game at 73-73 with 1:28 remaining, but Suffolk managed to net five unanswered points - with a put-back from junior forward Steven DiPrizio (Medford, Mass.) and a three-pointer off the fingertips of senior guard Michael Hagopian (Watertown, Mass.) – while milking a minute off the clock.

Hostetler drilled a clutch three-pointer to make it a two-point (78-76) game with 14 seconds left, but junior guard Thomas Duffy (Fairfield, Conn.) made a pair of free throws 10 seconds later to seal the visitors' victory.


Suffolk parlayed a 13-3 offensive rebounding advantage into a 16-4 lead in second-chance points…The Monks' bench outscored the Rams' reserves by a 29-15 margin in the losing effort.


  • Senior guard Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) netted 20 points with three rebounds, two steals, and a pair of blocked shots
  • Hostetler came off the bench to net 12 points off a 4-for-6 three-point shooting performance
  • Keohan contributed 11 points off a 5-for-8 shooting effort in just 12 minutes
  • Sophomore guard Jack Casale (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) chipped in with seven points, eight rebounds, and three assists
  • Sophomore Tatsuaki Sakai (Ishikawa, Japan) and senior Marc Corey (Londonderry, N.H.) scored eight points apiece


  • Mulson paced the Rams with 21 points and added seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots
  • DiPrizio approached double-double status with 16 points and eight caroms and was perfect from the field (7-7) and the FT line (2-2)
  • Duffy registered 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists
  • Hagopian added 10 points and three rebounds


With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 16-7 all-time versus Suffolk University, which has now defeated the Monks in three-consecutive meetings for the first time in the history of the series. The Rams ended the Monks' 2017-18 season with a 69-65 victory in the quarterfinal round of last year's GNAC Tournament.


The Monks travel to Boston on Saturday for a 1:00 PM GNAC matchup at Emmanuel College. The Saints, 5-0 in conference play as of tonight, are the only GNAC team with an unblemished record.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at