Men’s Basketball Falls to Old Westbury on Alumni Day

Freshman Matt McQuillen scored a career-high 13 points, shooting 4-for-8 off the bench.
Freshman Matt McQuillen scored a career-high 13 points, shooting 4-for-8 off the bench.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Freshman Matt McQuillen (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's) scored a season-high 13 points and sophomore Aaron Parra (Brooklyn, N.Y./Monsignor McClancy) recorded his team-leading fourth double-double of the season, but the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) men's basketball team was overmatched by SUNY College at Old Westbury, 97-69, in a rematch of the 2016 Skyline Conference title game, on Saturday evening as the team celebrated Alumni and Family Day.

The Basics

  • Final Score: Old Westbury 97, St. Joseph's 69
  • Records: Old Westbury (13-7, 9-2), St. Joseph's (4-16, 1-11)
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Arena: The Hill center
  • SJC Starters: Willis (G), Giles (G), Sirakis (G), Parra (F), Meiner (F) 

Turning Point

  • Old Westbury outscored St. Joseph's 19-3 over the first five minutes and methodically held control of the entire contest.

How it Happened

  • Five-time Skyline Player of the Week and reigning Skyline Player of the Year Jamail Stanley scored 10 points over a 19-3 spurt to open the game and finished with 15 points and nine rebounds over the opening half to give the Panthers a 47-23 lead at the intermission.
  • Matt McQuillen netted 11 points in the second stanza in 12 minutes of action as the Bears tried to keep pace with the visitors, improving a 24 percent (8-34) shooting effort in the first half to 41 percent (15-37), but the Panthers edged out the Bears 50-46 in the closing 20 and never let SJC cut into the deficit.

For the Bears

  • Freshman Matt McQuillen led the Bears with 13 points off the bench, more than doubling his previous best of six points. He also dished out two assists and grabbed two rebounds.
  • Sophomore Aaron Parra recorded his fourth double-double by way of 12 points and 12 rebounds, finishing shooting 5-of-10 from the field.
  • Senior Christian Giles rounded out three in double figures with 11 points, four caroms, and two assists.
  • Junior Alec Willis netted eight points and grabbed two rebounds.

Inside the Box Score

  • The Bears won the rebounding battle 47-44.
  • Old Westbury shot 50 percent for the game (38-for-76), dishing out 24 assists on 38 field goals and committing just four turnovers.
  • The Panthers dominated points off turnovers (21-0) and scoring in the paint (42-16).

The Bear Facts

  • Old Westbury sweeps the season series and has now won four straight to improve to 4-1 all-time.
  • St. Joseph's has now dropped seven straight, their longest slide since an eight-game skid in the 2010-11 season.

Next up for St. Joseph's

The Bears have a day off before closing out non-league play hosting City College of New York on Monday, February 6 with a 7:30 tip-off at The Hill Center. Live stats and video will be available on SJCBears.com with Michael Kerr calling the action on the webcast.