Casale Registers 31 Points & 19 Rebounds, Monks Top Eagles 90-83

Casale Registers 31 Points & 19 Rebounds, Monks Top Eagles 90-83

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STANDISH, Maine – Junior guard Jack Casale (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) tallied 31 points, 19 rebounds, and seven assists to help launch Saint Joseph's College (1-2) past Husson University (2-3), 90-83, in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.


The Monks held a 13-point (31-18) lead after sophomore Griffin Foley (Portland, Maine) knocked down a three-pointer with 9:50 left in the first half but the pesky Eagles refused to go away and trailed by just two points (48-46) heading into intermission.

Early in the second half the visitors maintained a deficit of six points or less until they netted seven unanswered points with DJ Bussey (Peoria, Ariz.) capping the surge with a layup and his team in the lead, 57-56, with 12:57 left to play.

With the score tied at 59-59 nearly two minutes later, St. Joe's gained some separation with seven straight points as part of an impressive 23-6 offensive surge that ended with a Foley trifecta and the hosts holding a game-high 17-point (82-65) cushion with 6:13 remaining.

Husson was able to cut the SJC lead down to five points (88-83) when senior center Bruce St. Peter (Ellsworth, Maine) made a pair of freebies to close out a 10-0 run with 24 seconds left, but Casale iced the game with two free throws of his own four seconds later to account for the 90-83 triumph.


With the victory, Saint Joseph's claims the Alumni Cup for the second-consecutive season and second time in the three years in which the coveted trophy has been in existence. The Monks tipped the Eagles, 78-74, in Bangor last winter and suffered an 82-75 setback to their in-state rival in the first Cup matchup on November 18th, 2017.


The Monks posted a respectable 37.9% (11-29) three-point shooting rate while the Eagles struggled from downtown with an 11.1% (3-27) clip.


  • Casale enjoyed a breakout contest, shooting 12-for-19 from the floor with a career-high 19 rebounds, the most by an SJC player since Ray Eatmon '10 pulled down 21 versus Daniel Webster College on December 8th, 2007
  • Foley was hitting nearly everything from beyond the arc and finished the game with 19 points off a 5-for-6 three-point effort; the sophomore also tallied six assists and five rebounds
  • Sophomore guard Nicholas Curtis (Windham, Maine) contributed 19 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals
  • Sophomores Zac Manoogian (Westbrook, Maine) and David Keohan (West Newfield, Maine) chipped in with nine points apiece


  • Junior guard Justin Thompson (Millinocket, Maine) came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals
  • Sophomore forward Brett Cunningham (Harrah, Okla.) netted 16 points with six caroms
  • Freshman forward Scott Lewis (South Portland, Maine) was 6-for-nine from the floor with 14 points and three boards in 16 minutes off the bench


Saint Joseph's is now 38-50 all-time versus Husson University and has defeated the Eagles in consecutive meetings for the first time since 2002, when the Monks defeated their rivals in three-straight meetings in the same calendar year.


Saint Joseph's will play at UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday at 7:30 PM.







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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at