Arlington, Va. -- November 18, 2011 -- Newcomers Nick Sienkiewicz and Alex Berthiaume each scored 21 points to lead Springfield College to a 90-81 victory over Eastern Mennonite University this afternoon in the first round of the Marymount Invitational in Virginia. With the win, the Pride raises its record to 2-0.
EMU falls to 0-1.
Pat Rossi added 17 points and five rebounds for SC.
Springfield will play host Marymount University Saturday for the tournament championship at 8 pm. Marymount defeated DeSales, 68-58, In the other semifinal contest Friday night.
The Pride was in control of this contest most of the way, although EMU made it interesting midway though the second half. SC led 44-27 at the half, but EMU was destined to score 54 points in the second which allowed the Royals to cut what had been a 19-point with 12:26 to go all the way down to four points just three minutes and 15 seconds later.
Just minutes beyond that, however, SC jumped back out in front, 75-60. EMU would cut it no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Sienkiewicz and Berthiaume each kept the Royals at arm's length throughout much of the game. Sienkiewicz , a 6-3 freshman from Cranston, R.I., added five assists to his 21 points. He was 5-for-10 from the field, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. He was also 8-for-8 from the free throw line,
Berthiaume, a transfer from Division II's St. Michael's College in Vermont, is a 5-11 guard who hails from Springfield, Mass. Berthiaume also added five assists to his 21-point total.
Rossi, a 6-5 junior forward from Rock Tavern, N.Y., has now scored 40 points in his first two contests of the year. Rossi, who is coming off the bench, was 8-for-10 from the field
Two others from SC scored eight points each. They were 6-5 senior forward Evan Christner (Voorheesville, N.Y.) and 6-3 freshman guard Josh Altman (Rockport, Mass.).
For EMU, RJ Sims was one of four players to score in double figures with 19 points. Also tallying in double figures were Andrew Thorne with 17, Adam Burroughs with 16, and Owen Longacre with 15
Springfield shot .459 from the floor, while EMU shot .382. The Pride made 8-for-18 from 3-point range (.444), while the Royals made 11-for-30 (.367). SC turned it over 25 times to EMU's 21.