Molloy jumped on Ray's early, charging out to a 16-0 first quarter lead, while holding the Ravens scoreless through the first six minutes. Molloy's packed-in zone slowed Ray's in the early going- and proved troublesome throughout the game- before Kevin Parrom and the Ravens' guards began hitting from the perimeter.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Parrom showed a vastly improved perimeter game, hitting three first half three-pointers to help spark a 25-8 run stretching from the late first quarter through to the second to give St. Raymond's a 25-24 lead with 2:49 to play in the second quarter.
A touch pass from junior guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant to sophomore wing Omari Lawrence for the dunk off of the break gave St. Raymond's a 31-24 lead with 1:26 to play in the second quarter and some momentum heading into the half. Lawrence was featured in a story recently by Scout.com's National Recruiting Expert Dave Telep.
But Ray's- despite a substantial edge in quickness and athleticism- could not sustain that intensity in the second half, nor could they match Molloy's energy after the break.
The Stanners opened the half on a 19-2 run- keyed by a pair of baskets by 6-foot-5 junior wing Matt Grogan and a three-point play by senior point guard Dennis O'Grady- and never looked back.
The unsigned senior shooting guard Rocco Rubino led Molloy with 18 points, including 9-for-13 from the foul line, while O'Grady, who has steadied the team since assuming the starting role at the point, added 14 points. Grogan pitched in 11 points, while Morgan Kelly tallied nine, and Freddie Dorgler eight.
It was a forgettable shooting day for the Ravens' backcourt. Bryant led with 18 points, but shot only 6-for-20 from the field. Gerald Colds also struggled, going 3-for-16. Parrom (14 points) looks to be taking on an expanded role as a sophomore, and it's clear he has worked on his game and his guard skills. The lengthy wing Lawrence pitched in with 15 in the loss.
St. John's head coach Norm Roberts and Manhattan assistant Ron Ganulin were on hand.