KEENE, N.H. – Saint Joseph's College (2-1) defeated Keene State College (0-2), 76-71 in overtime, in the 2017 Zero Gravity Keene State Tip-Off Tournament Consolation game on Saturday afternoon.
Junior guards Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) and Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) netted 15 points apiece to help lift the Monks to an overtime victory in a game that featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes.
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The Owls held a 35-33 edge at the half and carried a 50-45 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Monks –trailing 62-55 with 3:23 remaining – recorded an 8-1 run, bookended by a pair of Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine) buckets, to knot the game at 63 apiece.
Keene State freshman guard Lilly Shlimon (Pelham, N.H.) had a chance to seal the victory for the Owls, but a last-second layup attempt fell off the mark.
The regional rivals continued to play it close in overtime and Keene State owned a 71-68 cushion after senior guard Sandi Purcell (Hudson, N.H.) converted a free throw with 1:24 on the OT clock. Saint Joseph's proceeded to rattle off eight unanswered points in the closing 75 seconds, as Marks lifted the Monks to a 72-71 lead with 52 seconds left and McNamara drained four free-throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to clinch the victory.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- McNamara added six assists and six rebounds
- Marks posted seven boards
- Maloney tallied seven points, nine rebounds, six assists, and two steals
- Sophomore guard Julia Quinn (Fryeburg, Maine) came off the bench to score 13 points with three rebounds
- Senior forward Regan McFerran (Albany, N.Y.) chipped in with 11 points with four caroms
LEADERS – KEENE STATE:
- Purcell led all players with 21 points and was 5-18 from beyond the arc
- Shlimon added 13 points and nine rebounds
Keene State held the lead in rebounds (47-41), assists (16-15), and bench points (21-20) while Saint Joseph's posted advantages in points off turnovers (20-14) and second-chance points (7-2).
Saint Joseph's is now 1-1 all-time versus Keene State College as today's contest was the first meeting between the two programs since the 2003-04 campaign.
Saint Joseph's will play at UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday at 5:30 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.