New Haven, Conn. – Sophomore forward Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.) scored a season-high 29 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as the Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team cruised to a 98-82 victory against visiting Mount Ida on Saturday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action at The Nest inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center.
The Falcons led from beginning to end to improve to 10-3 on the year and 6-2 in league play, while the Mustangs dropped to 8-7 overall and 4-4 in conference tilts with their most lopsided loss of the season.
Albertus Magnus opened the contest on a 10-0 run over the first two and a half minutes of play. During the spurt, AMC knocked down a pair of three-pointers and Walters made two shots in the paint. The visitors would answer with a 6-0 run of the own to pull within four five minutes into play. The early runs continued with the Falcons reeling off nine straight point capped by a jumper from senior wing Marc Wilson (Jersey City, N.J.) to give AMC a 19-6 advantage. Throughout the remainder of the opening half the Falcons kept their leads thanks to hot shooting. In the first 20 minutes, Albertus Magnus hit over 65 percent of its shots, highlighted by a 7-of-11 performance from three-point range.
In the second half, Mount Ida was never able to get within single digits as the hosts remained hot from the field, hitting 57 percent of their shots. Midway through the stanza, Wilson gave the Falcons their largest lead on the contest with a free through to make it 76-53. The swarming Albertus defense forced 11 turnovers in the second frame, while hitting all three of their shots from beyond the arc to earn the league triumph.
Walters led the way for AMC on the offensive end with his seventh double-double of the winter. The 6-6 forward also dished out four assists and shot 11-of-20 from the field. Freshman forward Shontaey Lovell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 16 points and added eight rebounds. He had an efficient afternoon, shooting 4-of-5 from the field 8-of-13 from the charity stripe. Thrust into a starting role, senior guard Dayron Caldwell hit four trey and poured in 14 points.
It was a two-headed attack for the Mustangs with sophomore guard John Oliver netting 22 points and classmate Errald Jordine added 19. Speedy guard Jayson Clark recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.
Albertus Magnus returns to action on Monday, January 18, with a home conference clash against Rivier at 3:00 pm at The Nest. The Falcons enter the tilt riding a 13-game winning streak versus the Raiders.