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Men’s Basketball Falls to Molloy in High-Scoring Affair

Trent Scott at Villa Maria on Jan. 30, 2021.
Trent Scott at Villa Maria on Jan. 30, 2021.

In its first conference road game of the season, the D'Youville men's basketball team was defeated by Molloy, 101-80, in East Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Reaching triple-digit scoring for the first time since December 2019, the Lions improved to 1-1 overall (1-1 ECC), while the Saints shifted to 1-2 (0-2 ECC) on the season.

With a game-high 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Molloy's James Montgomery recorded his first double-double of the season, while freshman Trent Scott continued to make his mark for D'Youville by racking up 16 points. Steven Torre (20 points), Justin Caldwell (15 points) and Darren Fergus (13 points) all reached double figures for the Lions, while redshirt senior Grant Beyer and junior Garrian Wade did the same for the Saints with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Both teams traded baskets early, as Molloy opened the game with a pair of three-pointers on its first two shots before D'Youville answered with two makes of their own from beyond the arc. The Saints took their only lead of the game when Wade hit a jumper that made it 10-8, but Molloy used six team steals and 17 first-half points from Torre to enter the break with a 53-39 advantage. Torre and Montgomery (14 points) both ended up in double-digit scoring for the Lions at halftime, while nine Saints recorded buckets in the opening half.

The second frame saw a similar script, as D'Youville kept within striking distance for most of the half, but a late 19-7 run by Molloy put the Lions ahead by more than 20 points with under four minutes left. Montgomery continued his dominance down low, picking up 16 points in the second half, as the Saints could not find an answer for the Molloy forward. The Lions eventually closed out the win by hitting the century mark, the first D'Youville opponent to do so since Medaille's 101 points on Jan. 29, 2020.

Notables: The Saints had the shooting edge in the first half, making 50 percent of their field goal attempts to Molloy's 48 percent … For the game, Molloy finished by hitting 50 percent from the field, while the Saints closed with a field goal clip of 44 percent … Molloy also had the edge in rebounds (48 to 30) and steals (10 to 8) … D'Youville had the advantage from three-point land, hitting 38 percent from beyond the arc to Molloy's 36 percent… Torre's 17 first-half points is the most by a Saints opponent in a half since Nate Christian of Mt. Aloysius put up 20 points in the second half of D'Youville's Feb. 22 season finale last season … Montgomery's 30 points is the most in game by a D'Youville opponent since Tyler Frederick's 30 points for La Roche on Jan 4, 2020 … Scott is the first D'Youville freshman to record double-digit scoring in his first three games since Jon Gemerek in 2012-13 … For the second-straight season, Beyer has recorded double-digit scoring through each of his first three games … Redshirt junior Jaeger Martino led the Saints with a season-high seven rebounds.

Up Next: The Saints will finally face off with crosstown ECC foe Daemen on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Lumsden Gymnasium, with the opening tip scheduled for 6 p.m.