BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Ray Askew (New Haven, CT) hit a layup with 22 seconds left to rally Albertus Magnus from a 26 point second half deficit and defeat Emerson 70-68 in a battle for first place in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The Falcons trailed 42-25, going into the half shooting just 1-7 from beyond the arc.
The Falcons continued to struggle early in the second half trailing 54-28 with 14:00 minutes remaining. Askew scored the Falcons' next eight points with Emerson only managing a free throw by senior guard Jeremy Shannon (Lowell, MA). A pair of free throws from sophomore guard Byron Reaves (Hamden, CT) and a converted three point play by Askew shrunk the deficit to 14 points. Shannon then hit two free throws that were followed by another converted three-point play by senior guard Sha'ron Young (New Haven, CT). A Reaves free throw and another Askew layup shrunk the lead to 57-47. Layups by Reaves and freshman center Jefferson Lora (Bronx, NY) surrounded a Shannon free throw and pulled Albertus Magnus to within seven points. Shannon hit a free throw to push the lead back to 59-51 with 7:16 remaining, but a Reaves jumper and three pointer by sophomore guard Alex Muniz (Bridgeport, CT) cut the lead to 61-56.
Freshman guard James Economopoulos (Wallingford, CT) hit a pair of three-pointers to tie the game at 63-63 with 3:38 to go. Senior forward Bryan Rouse (East Greenwich, RI) then made two free throws to give the Lions a 65-63 advantage. Following an Askew free-throw, Emerson hit a three-pointer to go up 68-64. Reaves then sank two free throws at 2:03 to bring the Falcons to within a two. Askew then tied the score at 68-68 on a pair of free throws with 1:21 remaining. A missed Rouse three-point attempt sailed out of bounds in favor of Albertus. A Falcon time out led to the play that resulted in Askew's game winning layup. Emerson was unable to get a quality shot as Rouse's desperation three at the buzzer fell short.
Askew led the Falcons with a team high 23 points and game high 15 rebounds with Reaves adding 17 points. Emerson was lead by Shannon, who had a game high 29 points and team high 12 rebounds with Rouse scoring 14 points. Albertus wins their tenth game in a row improving to 17-4, 13-1 GNAC while Emerson College drops to 14-7, 11-3 GNAC. The Falcons travel to Mount Ida College on Tuesday night with a 6:00 pm tip-off.