Men's Basketball

2018-19 RECORD: 20-8; GNAC: 9-2 / NCAA Tournament: 7 appearances / GNAC Titles: 8 (1999, 2010,'12, '13, '14, '15, '17, '19)

Falcons Cruise to Victory over Mitchell College 87-62

Falcons Cruise to Victory over Mitchell College 87-62

 

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team  won an 87-62 final  to host Mitchell College on Tuesday night at the Yarnall Athletic Center.  The Falcons (3-1 0-0 GNAC) used a late first half run to pull away in the opening minutes of the second half. Walden St. Juste (Hartford, Conn.) led all scorers with 18 points and added four steals and three assists to pace Albertus Magnus. The Mariners (0-4 overall) were led by senior Eric Murray (Bridgeport, Conn.), who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.  The Falcons jumped ahead early and led 23-16 with 7:45 to play in the first half. The Mariners responded with an 8-0 run, capped by a layup by Murray, to take their first lead with 5:42 remaining. The teams then traded baskets before the Falcons closed the half with a 19-5 run to take control of the game. St. Juste accounted for 10 points during the late first half stretch, including the final eight points of the half, as Albertus Magnus carried a 44-31 advantage into the locker room at the intermission.  The Falcons increased their lead with a 23-7 run over the first 5:25 of the second stanza. Albertus Magnus led by as many as 37 points in the contest as both teams emptied their benches in the final minutes.  St. Juste scored his 18 points in just 17 minutes of action. Jefferson Lora (Bronx, N.Y.) and Raymond Askew (Hamden, Conn.) each notched double-doubles on the night, the former with 14 points and 10 rebounds and the latter with 12 points and 10 rebounds. James Economopoulos (Wallingford, Conn.) also finished in double figures with 11 points.  Sophomore Alex Vess (Middletown, Conn.) pulled down a career- and game-high 12 rebounds to help the Mariners. Junior Jenel Russell (East Hampton, N.Y.) added eight points and eight rebounds while sophomore Julio Contreras (Boca Raton, Fla.) handed out a game-high seven assists.