By Justin Satkowski
NEWBURGH - Mount Saint Mary College senior Lenny Ragaglia hit a game-tying three-pointer with 22 seconds left and junior Donte Howell drained the game-winning basket with two seconds remaining as the Knights escaped with a 68-66 victory over the Sage Colleges on Saturday. The Knights bump up to 14-7 overall (11-4 Skyline), while the Gators fall back to 10-11 overall (5-9 Skyline).
Down by two late, Howell was fouled and sent to the line. He hit the first attempt, but his second was off the mark, leaving the Knights down by one, 64-63. Forced to foul, the Mount sent Sage senior Will Hennep to the line, where he sank both shots to push the Gator lead to three. The Knights inbounded the ball quickly and Howell found Ragaglia. The swish of his three-pointer was followed by a roar from the home crowd.
Tied at 66, the Gators turned the ball over on a bad pass with eight seconds left, giving Howell a chance to be the hero. The junior created space with the dribble and his shot found the bottom of the net with two seconds remaining to give the Knights a 68-66 advantage. Sage’s last-second three-point attempt from junior Jeff Stopera was blocked by senior Chris Frey, setting off an enthusiastic celebration at center court.
Howell had 19 points, while Frey added 14 points. Sage junior Mason Horne was terrific for the Gators and finished with a game-high 24 points.