WALTHAM, Mass. – After winning four of five against non-conference opponents to open the season, the Bentley University men's basketball team will launch their Northeast-10 Conference schedule Tuesday night at the Dana Center with Stonehill College providing the opposition. Tip-off Is set for 7:30 om and the game will be shown on the NE10 NOW digital network.
Bentley is coming off a 95-64 win over New York Tech in which it shot at least 53 percent for the third time in four home games to date and owned the lead from the game's opening basket.
Stonehill, 3-3 overall, already has two conference games under its belt, a road 77-61 loss to Southern New Hampshire and a 78-70 win over St. Michael's in its home opener Saturday. The Skyhawks have had a difficult schedule to opener with trips to Philadelphia and Minnesota.
Saturday's win for the Falcons saw six players score in double figures, including both senior guard Seth Stankiewicz (Reading, Pa./Hill School) and junior forward Adria Amabilino Perez (Barcelona, Spain) off the bench. Stankiewicz drained four of seven three-pointers for 14 points and Amabilino Perez added 12 points.
Sophomore guard Mason Webb (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness HS) continued his strong start to the season with 21 points, five rebounds, seven-of-nine shooting overall and five-of-six from outside the arc.
Webb, who scored 4.4 points a game off the bench last winter, owns the fourth best scoring average in the conference at 20.6 a game. He's shooting 58 percent overall and is an impressive 17 of 32 (.531) on threes. His effective field goal percentage is .718 and his true shooting percentage, which takes free throw shooting into consideration, is even better at .756.
Senior forward Chris Hudson (Hodgdon, Maine/Northampton Williston School) has the second-best field goal percentage in the NE10 at .648 and has also been impressive on the offensive boards with 17. Overall, he's averaging 18.6 points and eight rebounds.
Also scoring in doubles are sophomore guard Brian Wright-Kinsey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooks School) and junior forward Pete Blust (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central HS), at 10.6 and 10.0, respectively. Stankiewicz follows at 9.4 and has buried 11 of 22 from three.
No one in the conference has been better at delivering assists than junior Jordan Mello-Klein (Sharon/Thayer Academy) with his 9.2 average second best nationally in Division II.
Stonehill guard Will Moreton, a second-team All-Conference selection last year, has continued his success into this season. He's one of two players in the NE10 averaging a double-double (19.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG) and is scoring at least 18 a game for the third straight season. Moreton has a team-best 15 three-pointers and is actually shooting better from outside the arc than from inside.
Brandon Twitty, another senior guard, has also been playing well, averaging 17.3 points a game, including 20 or more four times. The Skyhawks also receive 11.5 a game from junior guard Owen Chose.
Moreton and Twitter account for more than have of the offense for Stonehill, which ranks last in the NE10 at 71.8 points per game. The Skyhawks are also 11th in both scoring and field goal percentage defense.
Bentley is 50-39 all-time against Stonehill after sweeping the series a year ago, 84-71 down in Easton and 84-65 at home.
The Falcons will also be at home on Sunday with American International providing the opposition.