Old Westbury, NY| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's basketball team scored three players in double digits but were defeated, 72-65, by SUNY Old Westbury in a Skyline Conference contest inside the Clark Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.
The loss sends the Golden Eagles to 2-4 overall on the year and 1-2 in conference play. The Panthers improve to 2-1 overall (1-0 Skyline).
SJC was led by junior Frank Basile, who posted a game-high 27 points (10-for-25 FG) and a team-best 13 rebounds for his fourth-straight double-double.
Pedro Marquez and Alan McDonald powered the Panthers with 18 and 16 points, respectively.
Old Westbury pulled away late in the first half and eventually took a 34-20 lead into the break, but rallied in the second half and brought the game back to within four points (69-65) when Basile drained a three-pointer with 1:09 to play in regulation.
With 22 seconds to play, Marquez dashed SJC's comeback hopes when he responded with a three-ball of his own to put the Panthers up 72-65--the game's final score.
St. Joseph's ( 35.3 FG%) and Old Westbury (35.5 FG%) were virtually even from the field but the hosts were superior from beyond the arc (36.0% to 25.9%).
SJC was the better team on the boards (52-49) and outscored the Panthers in the paint, 30-24.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Tuesday, December 4 when they visit Yeshiva University for a Skyline Conference contest at 8:00 pm.