Men's Basketball

2017-18 RECORD: 21-6; GNAC: 15-1 / NCAA Tournament: 6 appearances / GNAC Titles: 7 (1999, 2010,'12, '13, '14, '15, '17)

Falcons Earn Late Win Over Salve Regina 73-72

Falcons Earn Late Win Over Salve Regina 73-72

 

Newport, RI- On Monday night, sophomore forward Raymond Askew (Hamden, Conn.) knocked down a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining as Albertus Magnus scored the final eight points of the game to stun Salve Regina University 73-72 in non-conference men's basketball action Monday night at Rodgers Recreation Center.  Junior guard Walden St. Juste (Hartford, Conn.) scored a game-high 27 points for the Falcons (1-0, 0-0 GNAC), including 16 in the second half and nine in the final 3:17 of the contest.  Following a three-pointer from freshman Trey Scales (Boston, Mass.) that gave the Seahawks a 72-65 lead, St. Juste converted a pair of layups and made one-of-two from the line to make it 72-71 with 35 seconds left. Following a turnover by Salve Regina graduate student Jabreche Boyd (West Haven, Conn.) and a subsequent foul on Askew, the 6-6 forward calmly sank two free throws to put the Falcons up one with 16 seconds left. The Seahawks had one final chance to tie the game, but a layup attempt by junior Ryan Birrell (Hope, R.I.) was blocked away by Askew.  St. Juste netted 11 first-half points to help the Falcons to a 32-27 halftime lead. The Falcons shot 40.6% from the field but made just six of their 12 free throw attempts. Junior Dan Royce (Mahwah, N.J.) paced Salve Regina with 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Seahawks hit just 11-of-32 shots in the opening stanza.  Salve Regina trailed by as many as eight early in the second half, but a pair of three-point field goals by Boyd five minutes in gave the Seahawks a 45-42 lead. Following a pair of field goals by the Falcons freshman Jefferson Lora (Bronx, N.Y.), Birrell buried a three-pointer that gave the Seahawks a 48-46 lead which they held until the final seconds of the contest.  Birrell finished with a team-high 21 points while Royce dropped in 19 points and snared a game-high 18 boards. Boyd tallied 12 points and grabbed nine boards and Scales finished with six points in his first collegiate game. Askew finished the game with 21 points and 16 rebounds for Albertus Magnus while Lora notched 11.  Albertus Magnus College improves to 1-0, 0-0 GNAC while Salve Regina drops to 0-1 on the young season.  The Falcons play host to Western Connecticut State on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00 PM.