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Falcons Open Season with 85-79 Win at WCSU

Eric Brushett Photography
Eric Brushett Photography

Darius Watson (New Britain, Conn.) scored 30 points to lead the Albertus Magnus men's basketball team to an 85-79 season-opening victory at Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday night.

In the first half, the Falcons led 16-6 before the Colonials went on a 14-0 run to take a 20-16 lead at the 8:33 mark of the frame. Western Connecticut (0-3) shot 48.4-percent from the floor, a 15-of-31 clip, in the first half en route to a 38-37 halftime lead.

Watson, who registered 15 of the Falcons' first 37 points, came out in the second half and hit 5-of-8 from the floor for 15 more points helping the Falcons to their first victory of the 2012-13 season. Watson hit two free throws to break a 46-all tie to give the Falcons the lead for good.

The Falcons' largest lead of the game came with 3:55 left on the clock as they took a 12 point advantage at 77-65.

Senior Mike Sweeney (Milford, Conn.) scored 11 points, tying his career high, as he finished the night 5-of-7 from the floor with four rebounds, while Jefferson Lora (Bronx, N.Y.) added 12 points, respectively. In his collegiate debut, James Jennings (Stratford, Conn.) registered 13 points and five assists. Watson added five blocked shots as well.

Coming off their best season in program history, the Falcons continued where they left off and have now won their last 20 regular season contests dating back to December of last season.

The Falcons are 2-3 against WestConn under the helm of head coach Mitch Oliver dating back to the 2008 season and have won the last two meetings with the Colonials.

Western was led by four players in double figures as Ryan Pelletier tallied 14 points to lead the way in the Colonials' third-straight loss.

The Falcons finished the game shooting 39.7-percent, a 29-of-73 clip from the floor, and outscored WestConn 48-41 in the second half to secure the victory.

Albertus will play in its home opener on Sunday afternoon against in-state foe Wesleyan (CT) as that contest is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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