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Stonehill men survive in Elite 8 quarterfinals, 91-90

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  March 21, 2012 02:18 PM

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Outscoring the most prolific offense in the country, the Stonehill men's basketball team pulled out a thrilling 91-90 win over third-ranked West Liberty in the NCAA Division 2 Elite 8 quarterfinals Wednesday at the Bank of Kentucky Center.

Riding a 10-game winning streak, the Skyhawks (25-8) advanced to a semifinal matchup Thursday night against Western Washington (29-5).

Senior guard Andre Tongo (Acton-Boxboro), the Most Outstanding Player of the Northeast-10 tournament, delivered a terrific performance in 37 minutes, leading the Skyhawks with 24 points on 8 of 16 shooting while collecting a game-high nine rebounds along with six steals.

Freshman center Jake Cole drained buried all five of his shots for 15 points, and added six rebounds in 19 minutes. Senior forward Patrick Lee submitted 14 points -- including a huge follow-up of a Tongo miss for an 86-83 lead and a pair of clinching free throws for a 91-87 margin with five seconds left.

Junior forward Raheem May-Thompson had 14 points and five boards.

West Liberty, which scored 100-plus points in an astonishing 19 games this season, came in averaging 103 ppg. Stonehill boasts of the nation's top defensive units, allowing 58.7 ppg.

Alex Falk led West Liberty (32-3) with 26 points in a full 40-minute effort, capping his afternoon by splitting two defenders to drain a leaning 3-pointer with two seconds left.

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