SUFFOLK MEN’S BASKETBALL
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Messer Athletic Center, New Haven, Conn.
FINAL: SUFFOLK 93, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 88
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- Sophomore Alan Jaziri (Norwich, Conn.) scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while junior Brian Small (Stoughton, Mass.) added a career-best 30 points and eight boards to lead Suffolk to a 93-88 Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Albertus Magnus Tuesday evening at the Messer Athletic Center.
Jaziri and Small combined for 36 points in the second half alone for the visiting Rams (2-8, 1-2 Great Northeast), who trailed by five (46-41) at the break and by 12 points (56-44) with just over 18 minutes remaining in the contest. The host Falcons (0-9, 0-3 Great Northeast) enjoyed an 11 point lead early after intermission only to see Suffolk take control of the game with a 15-0 run over a 4:54 stretch to take a 64-59 advantage on a pair of free throws by freshman Allan Ray (Lynn, Mass.) with 13:06 to play. Albertus Magnus then scored 13 of the game’s next 21 points to forge a 72-72 tie on a lay-in by Walden St. Juste, but a jumper by Small on the ensuing Ram possession gave the visitors the lead back, as Suffolk extended that margin to six (84-78) with 5:17 remaining.
The Falcons made one last run, scoring seven unanswered points in a 1:27 stretch to take an 85-84 cushion on a jumper by junior Bobby Leonzo (East Haven, Conn.) with 3:50 to play, but a jumper by sophomore Joseph Ransom (Sheffield, England) with 2:44 remaining gave the Rams the lead for good, as jumpers by Jaziri and freshman Samuel Alexanian (Nashua, N.H.), coupled with a lay-in and free throw by Small in the final minute, sealed the Suffolk triumph.
Ray was also in double figures with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the win for the Rams, who also received six points from Alexanian and five assists from Ransom. Suffolk blistered the nets at a season-best 62 percent clip from the floor for the contest, including a 68 percent effort in the second half while holding an 18-9 scoring edge from the foul line. The visitors also held a 47-43 rebounding advantage and dished off 22 assists on the evening.
Leonzo led six players in double figures with 20 points in the setback for Albertus Magnus, who led throughout the first half in building as much as a 10-point cushion in the opening 20 minutes of play. Junior Sha’Ron Young (New Haven, Conn.) added 15 points for the Falcons, who also received 13 points from freshman Cullen Burnell (Litchfield, Conn.) as well as 12 points each from junior Shawn Mendenhall (Bridgeport, Conn.) and sophomore John Donahue (Southington, Conn.). Junior Francisco Cordova (Windsor, Conn.) added 10 points for the hosts, as Mendenhall collected a double-double by grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Albertus Magnus shot 41 percent from the field and connected for 11 three-pointers while committing only 12 turnovers on the night.
Suffolk hosts Emmanuel in a Great Northeast outing on Thursday evening at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 7:30 p.m., while Albertus Magnus heads to Standish, Maine on Thursday evening to take on Saint Joseph’s (Maine) in a Great Northeast match-up that also begins at 7:30 p.m.