Men's Basketball

2016-17 Record: 23-5; GNAC 16-2 / NCAA Tournament: 6 appearances / GNAC Titles: 7 (1999, 2010,'12, '13, '14, '15, '17)

Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mitch Oliver Earns 200th Career Win; Falcons Defeat Anna Maria 85-82

Photo by: Ron Waite/Photosportacular
Photo by: Ron Waite/Photosportacular

 

FINAL SCORE: Albertus Magnus 85 | Anna Maria 82
TEAM RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (13-3, 9-1) | Anna Maria (3-14, 3-7)

PAXTON, Mass. – Albertus Magnus College men's basketball coach Mitch Oliver earns his 200th career victory on Saturday afternoon as the Falcons defeated Anna Maria, 85-82, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action at The Fuller Activity Center.
 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Over the first four minutes of play, Albertus Magnus trailed the hosts until a three from Jahmerikah Green-Younger (Norwalk, Conn.) gave the Falcons their first lead of the game, 9-8. Following the three from Green-Younger, Albertus Magnus went on an 11-2 run to extend its lead to double-digits, 20-10, with 11:09 left in the first. A jumper from David Jean-Louis brought the hosts to within two, 22-20, but the Falcons would hold a 39-32 lead at the half.

Anna Maria continued to chip away at the Falcons' double-digit lead as a layup from Liam Pickett brought the score to within two, 54-52, at the 13:48 mark.  Over the next couple of minutes, Anna Maria continued to threaten the Falcons' lead, before a layup from Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.) sparked a 10-2 run pushing the lead back-up to double-digits, 71-60.

However with 1:26 remaining in regulation, Anna Maria found themselves ahead by one, 82-81, following a three from David Jean- Loius, but Albertus would secure the 85-82 road victory.

FIRST HALF STATS

  • Both teams collected 12 turnovers each in the first 20 minutes of regulation.
  • Walters was the only play in double-digits for the visitors in the first.
  • Albertus outrebounded the hosts by a 19-15 margin.

SECOND HALF STATS

  • Anna Maria outshot the visitors in the second 50-46 despite Albertus shooting 64.0 percent from the floor.
  • Both teams recorded a total of 16 rebounds in the last 20 minutes of play.
  • Walters and Devin Coleman (Bridgeport, Conn.) led the offensive attack scoring 13 points each.
  • Ryan Pittman (Stratford, Conn.) collected three of the Falcons' four blocks in the second half.

FINAL STATS

  • Following the win, Walters picked up his fourth straight double-double netting 26 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Devin Coleman (Bridgeport, Conn.) and Grant Ellis (Newark, N.J.) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 22 and 13 points, respectively.
  • Anna Maria held a 18-24 edge over Albertus in turnovers, a 18-17 edge in points off turnovers and a 40-36 edge in points in the paint.
  • The Falcons dominated on the board collecting 40 total rebounds as well as recorded 15 second chance points.
  • Albertus Magnus finished the afternoon shooting above 50 percent in field goal percentage and free-throw percentage with 60.9 percent.

UP NEXT

The Falcons return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 25 against Rivier. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in New Haven, Conn. at "The Nest".