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)

No. 19 Falcons Soar to 88-52 Win over Mount Ida

Photo by Ron Waite
Photo by Ron Waite

Victor Ljuljdjuraj (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) tallied 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 19 Albertus Magnus men's basketball team to an 88-52 win over Mount Ida College on Saturday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.

The Falcons earned their 36th-straight win at home and currently hold the longest home-winning streak in the NCAA. With the win, the Falcons are now 19-2 on the year and 13-1 in the GNAC standings, while the Mustangs fall to 4-16 overall and 2-11 in league action.

Ljuljdjuraj shot 11-of-16 from the floor, while he added three steals, five assists and four blocked shots in the stellar performance.

Mount Ida opened the contest with a 7-3 run before Albertus bounced back to take an 8-7 lead on a Ljuljdjuraj slam dunk.  After the Mustangs took the lead back at 11-8 with 14:34 on the clock, Albertus tied the game at 11 on a pair of Marcus Walker (Newark, N.J.) free throws.

After the score was tied at 13, the Falcons put together a 14-0 run and never looked back.  They extended their lead to as much as 20 in the first half with 2:42 left to go in the frame.

Albertus led 41-26 at the halftime break on a 46.9% showing from the field.  The Mustangs shot just 29.4% from the floor in the opening frame.

Darius Watson (New Britain, Conn.), Kyle Wiggins (Milford, Conn.), and Lemar Larsen (Waterbury, Conn.) were the only other Falcons in double figures with 13, 11, and 10 points, respectively.  Watson shot 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-4 from behind the arc as he is now 46 points away from his 2,000th career point as a Falcon.

Eian Davis (Brooklyn, Conn.) added eight points, four rebounds and five assists in the victory.  Wiggins, who came off the bench for the Falcons, shot 4-of-8 from the field, including a 3-of-6 showing from downtown.

Albertus is now 11-2 all-time against Mount Ida dating back to the 2008 season.  The Falcons are a perfect 6-0 against the Mustangs at home and have won the last seven contests against Mount Ida.

Albertus will host Lasell College on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. in a GNAC match-up.