Second Half Surge Pushes Saint Joseph’s Past Plymouth State, 87-74

Second Half Surge Pushes Saint Joseph’s Past Plymouth State, 87-74

STANDISH, Maine – Junior guard Jack Casale (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) tallied 31 points and nine rebounds to help push Saint Joseph's College (2-4) past Plymouth State University (4-3), 87-74, in a non-conference men's basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday evening.


In a game featuring eight lead changes and eight tie scores, the Monks managed to gain the upper hand with a 22-6 run that began midway through the second stanza and spanned nearly nine minutes. Sophomore guard Nicholas Curtis (Windham, Maine) opened the surge with a three-pointer, breaking a 60-60 tie at the 11:11 mark, and later closed the run with a free throw with 2:59 left and the hosts ahead by a game-high 16 points (82-66).


Saint Joseph's shot 55.2% (32-58) from the floor and 34.6% (9-26) from downtown while Plymouth State made 40% (30-75) of their shots overall with a 23.8% (5-21) rate from beyond the arc…The Panthers held advantages in points off turnovers (17-8), second-chance points (20-5) and bench points (17-5), but were unable to overcome the shooting discrepancy in the setback.


  • Casale scored 30 or more points for the 10th time in his career and was 11-for-14 from the floor with a 6-for-7 effort from the FT line; he also blocked a pair of shots
  • Curtis added 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals
  • Sophomore Griffin Foley (Portland, Maine) contributed 14 points and three rebounds
  • Sophomore David Keohan (West Newfield, Maine) registered 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists
  • Freshman Joseph Nuttall (Holden, Mass.) chipped in with six points, four boards, and five assists
  • Junior Patrick Kelly (Charlestown, Mass.) came off the bench to score four points with four caroms and three assists


  • Junior forward Devin Cooper (Newfield, N.Y.) notched a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds and was 10-for-16 from the floor
  • Sophomore guard Dante Rivera (Methuen, Mass.) also registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists and added three rebounds and two steals to an impressive stat line
  • Senior guard Jaylen LeRoy (Manchester, N.H.) scored 11 points with three boards
  • Sophomore forward Manny Alisandro (Manchester, N.H.) added 10 points and eight caroms


With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 7-5 all-time versus Plymouth State University (SERIES HISTORY).


Saint Joseph's will play at Bates College on Saturday at 4:00 PM.





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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