New Haven, CT - On Thursday night the Albertus Magnus College Falcons defeated visiting Johnson and Wales University 78-76 to move on to the Finals Saturday. The Falcons trailed 28-24 at the half and struggled to find their usual rhythm. The second half was a different story for the Falcons as they used 7-0 run to tie the game at 36-36 with 14:59 remaining in the second half. The game continued to go back and forth until Johnson and Wales took a 62-55 point lead with 5:26 remaining. The Falcons responded with another 7-0 run to tie the game for the ninth time 62-62 with 3:53 remaining. With 1:40 remaining sophomore guard Alex Muniz (Bridgeport, CT) swished a three pointer, his only field goal of the game to give the Falcons the 69-68 lead with 1:38 remaining. The game was far from over as the Falcons went to the free throw line 12 more times in the game. Junior guard Walden St. Juste was 7-8 from the line during this stretch giving the Falcons a 78-76 lead with 3.6 seconds left to play. Johnson and Wales was able to get off an open long running three-pointer from sophomore guard Lamonte Thomas (Providence, RI) to win the game as the buzzer sounded but the shot fell short. The Falcons received a dominating performance from sophomore Ray Askew (Hamden, CT) who had a game high 36 points and game high 13 rebounds to go along with five assists. Walden St. Juste (Hartford, CT) and Byron Reaves (Hamden, CT) each had 13 points. Johnson and Wales was led by sophomore guard Lamont Thomas (Providence, RI) and his team high 20 points. The Falcons will host Emerson College on Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Arena in "The Nest". The Falcons improve to 21-6, 17-3 GNAC while Johnson and Wales ends their season at 13-14, 10-10 GNAC.
Falcons Advance to Finals in Exciting Fashion 78-76
Johnson & Wales (RI)
|Johnson & Wales (RI) (13-14, 9-10 GNAC)||28||48||76|
|Albertus Magnus (21-6, 16-3 GNAC)||24||54||78|
Posted: Feb 25, 2010