Arlington, Va. -- November 19, 2011 -- Alex Berthiaume scored 17 points and added four rebounds to lead his Springfield College men's basketball team to a 63-45 victory over the host school in the championship game of the Marymount Invitational. Berthiaume was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Springfield now improves to 3-0 and has won its first three games of the season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Marymount suffered its first loss and is now 2-1.
Berthiaume had scored 21 points in last night's 90-81 victory over Eastern Mennonite. He was 7-for-15 from the field, but scored some important points in the middle of the second half when Marymount was making a run.
Senior center Ryan Coburn was also named to the All-Tournament team. He scored five points, but had a team-high seven rebounds.
The rest of the squad included some balanced work. Sophomore forward Robbie Burke and senior guard Jordan Rote each scored eight points. Junior forwards George Adams and Pat Rossi each scored seven points.
The score was 19-14, Springfield, at the half. But the Pride scored the first seven points of the second half, and that's where a separation took place as SC led by 12 with 18:26 to go.
But with 12:03 left, Marymount had crept to within six at 33-27. Five minutes later, however, Berthiaume's conventional three-point play upped SC's margin to 16 at 47-31 with 7:15 remaining. SC would lengthen its lead to its largest margin at 21 points with 51 seconds left.
Springfield shot .462 from the floor, while limiting Marymount to .311 in the same category. Marymount out-rebounded the Pride, 37-31. But SC turned it over just seven times, while forcing 18.
Marymount led by one point on one occasion -- with 12:37 left in the first half.
Antonio Rouse led Marymount with 11 points, followed by Jesse Konadu with 10. Garret Snoops added seven points. Reed Scott pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
Up next, Springfield will host Lyndon State next Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 pm.