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)

#7 Falcons Outlast Lasell 96-86

Photo by Ron Waite/Jahkima Cuencas
Photo by Ron Waite/Jahkima Cuencas

The #7 Albertus Magnus men's basketball team shot 55% to defeat Lasell College 96-86 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play on Wednesday night in Newton, Mass.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 18-1 on the year and an impressive 12-0 in league play, while

Lasell dropped to 5-13 overall and 4-8 in GNAC action. Victor Ljuljdjuraj (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) continued to lead the Falcons as he finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season.

Ljuljdjuraj scored 15 of those points in the first half as the Falcons shot 53.1% in the opening 20 minutes of play. 

After the Falcons opened the contest with a 7-0 run in the first two minutes, they went on to take a 13-3 lead before extending that advantage to 12 points at 18-6 six minutes into the game.

The Lasers battled back and cut the Albertus lead to nine at 39-30 with 3:40 left before the break.
Lasell hit four-straight three pointers to cut the Falcons' lead to three at 45-42 with less than two minutes on the clock. A Ljuljdjuraj layup with less than a minute left in the first half made the score 47-42 before Richard O'Brien hit three-straight free throws to go into the break down two.

In the opening half, Lasell was 12-of-27 from the field as 10 of those 12 field goals were from behind the arc. For the Lasers, it was a 62.5% showing.

Brock Walters led Lasell with 14 first-half points as he shot 4-of-5 from the floor, including a 3-of-3 clip from behind the arc, and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.

In the second half, Albertus shot 57.1% en route to the 10-point victory.  After Lasell took the lead at 61-59, the Falcons put together a 13-1 run to take a 10-point advantage and never looked back.

Tonight's win marked the 14th straight for the Falcons over Lasell as the Falcons are now 14-4 all-time against the Lasers.

Julian Sanders scored 14 points for the Falcons, while Lex Perez added 14 off the bench. Eian Davis contributed 12 points and nine assists for Albertus.

O'Brien finished with 23 for Lasell.

The Falcons will host Suffolk on Saturday in a 3:00 p.m. contest.