Falcons Defeat New Jersey City 88-82

Photo by Ron Waite/Jahkima Cuencas
Photo by Ron Waite/Jahkima Cuencas
The Albertus Magnus men's basketball team kept its home court winning streak alive with an 88-82 win over New Jersey City University on Saturday afternoon in New Haven.  In a close non-league match-up, the Falcons were the victors to improve to 7-1 on the year and to extend their home court winning streak to 45 games, the longest active streak in NCAA men's basketball (all levels).
Eian Davis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Falcons with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, while Tavon Sledge (Spring Valley, N.Y.) scored 20 points on the afternoon.

Victor Ljuljdjuraj (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) tallied his fifth double-double of the season as he registered 16 points and 13 rebounds.  The junior added eight blocks in 38 minutes of work.

After a close first half of play, the Falcons went into the break with a 46-42 lead as they shot 53.6% from the floor in the frame.  The Falcons held the Gothic Knights to a 33.3% showing from the field in the opening period as well.
After four tied scores in the opening minutes of the second half, the Falcons took control of the contest.  Sledge tied the game with a lay-up at the 8:58 mark before the Falcons capped a 6-0 run with another Sledge lay-up at the 8:04 mark to take a 67-63 lead.

The Falcons pushed out to a nine-point lead with 4:11 left in the contest as Sledge knocked down a free throw.  NJCU didn't go away quietly as the Gothic Knights hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final three minutes of play to chip away at the Albertus lead.

The Falcons took their largest lead of the day of 11 points with 1:48 to go in regulation on another Sledge basket. Sledge tallied 12 of his 20 points in the second half of play to lift the Falcons to victory.

The Gothic Knights out-rebounded the Falcons 46-38 in the contest and were led by Neville Joseph with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Joseph was one of five players on the visiting team to register double figures.

The Falcons finished out the contest shooting 49.1% (26-of-53), while NJCU shot 35.7% (30-of-84).

Albertus will host Western Connecticut State University on Monday night in a 7:00 p.m. non-conference contest.  The Gothic Knights, who fell to 2-6 with the loss, will face McDaniel College on Jan. 3 in a 4:00 p.m. match-up.