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)

No. 19 Falcons Tame Lions; Defeat Emerson 91-67

Photo by Ron Waite
Photo by Ron Waite

Lemar Larsen (New Haven, Conn.) tallied his third double-double of the season as the No. 19 Albertus Magnus men's basketball team defeated Emerson College 91-67 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play on Saturday afternoon.

Larsen registered 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons, while Darius Watson (New Britain, Conn.) led the Falcons with 23 points as shot 7-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. With the win, Falcons improved to 15-1 on the year and a perfect 10-0 in GNAC play.

The Falcons shot 50% from the field in the first half to go into the break with a 52-35 lead. Watson had 13 points at the break, while Julian Sanders (Trumbull, Conn.) tallied nine first-half points off the bench for the Falcons. Sanders finished the game with 14 points in 20 minutes of work.

The score was tied six times in the opening frame, while there were three lead changes before the Falcons took control of the contest. Albertus shot 16-of-18 as a team in the first half from the charity stripe for an 88.9% showing.

The Falcons were held without a bucket until two minutes into the second frame when Watson connected on a layup to give the Falcons' a 14-point lead. Albertus then jumped out to a 28-point lead, its largest of the day, with 14:18 left in the contest as James Jennings (Stratford, Conn.) knocked in two free-throws.

The Falcons shot 57.1% in the second half and held Emerson to a 24.2% showing on 8-of-33 from the floor.

Jennings finished with 15 points, three steals and three assists in 19 minutes of work.

Albertus remains unbeaten in regular-season GNAC play in its last 35 contests, dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Falcons' 35-game streak is currently the longest in the nation in Division III men's basketball. Buffalo State University and Becker College hold the all-time Division III men's basketball record at 37-straight regular-season conference wins.

The Falcons head to Anna Maria College on Monday afternoon to take on the AMCats in a 1:00 p.m. GNAC contest.