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 Weekly Preview: WPI

Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: WPI

Albertus Magnus College
Men's Basketball Weekly Preview

Albertus Magnus (0-1)
vs.
WPI (2-1)
Saturday, Nov. 25 • 3 p.m. • New Haven, Conn.

WEEK TWO
Despite dropping its season opener to No. 25 Swarthmore, the Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team looks to bounce back as the Falcons return home on Saturday, Nov. 25 to host WPI in a non-conference tilt beginning at 3 p.m.

WEEK ONE RECAP

WEEK ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Senior Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.) paced the Falcons offense with a team-high 21 points behind 9-of-19 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from the charity stripe. He also added nine rebounds and a steal.
  • Junior Ryan Pittman (Stratford, Conn.) started off his junior campaign scoring 19 points as well as added a team-high four assists.
  • Junior Mason Jones (Manchester, N.J.) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 18 points, a team-high four steals, two assists and a block.
  • Albertus Magnus held a 46-36 edge in points in the paint.

ALL-TIME VS. WPI
Albertus Magnus leads WPI in the all-time series, 1-0.

LAST TIME VS. WPI
Game (3/7/14): Albertus Magnus 68 | WPI 66 (NCAA Tournament) - RECAP / BOX SCORE

SCOUTING WPI

  • WPI enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 2-1, following the 88-72 win over Worcester State.
  • This season, the Engineers were chosen to finish fourth according to the NEWMAC preseason coaches poll.
  • As a team, WPI averages 84.0 points per game while shooting 54.6 percent from the field, 44.8 percent from behind the arc and 57.1 percent from the charity strip.
  • Three players are averaging in double-figures for the Engineers.
  • Last season, WPI finished with an overall record of 17-9. 

FALCON STANDOUTS

  • Jaqhawn Walters
    • leads the league averaging 21.0 points per game.
    • ranks third in the league in rebounding with 9.0 rebounds per game.
  • Damian Grant
    • second in the league with a field goal percentage of 75.0%.
  • Ryan Pittman
    • fourth in the conference averaging 19.0 points per game.

GNAC RANKINGS - TEAM

  • Albertus Magnus leads the conference in points per game with 85.0.

NEW ARRIVALS
The Falcons welcome five newcomers to the squad for the 2017-18 season – Yahya BilalMarquise OwensTyreek PerkinsHanif Bilal and Amir Maddred.

WELCOME BACK
Albertus Magnus returns 11 players from last year's squad – Ryan PittmanMason JonesRandy ThomasJemaa YuoriBrian HardyAaron FoxJaqhawn WaltersDamian GrantJahmerikah Green-YoungerLiam Perrymanand Erick Langston.

MEN'S BASKETBALL LANDS ATOP OF GNAC PRESEASON POLL
Link: Complete GNAC Release
The Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team received nine of 11 first-place votes to land atop the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) preseason poll. The Falcons earned 118 total points and finished 15 points ahead of second-place Johnson & Wales.

LAST YEAR RECAP

  • The Falcons concluded the 2016-17 season with an overall record of 23-5 and a conference mark of 16-2.
  • Albertus Magnus won their seventh GNAC title after defeating GNAC rival Lasell College, 101-83, in the championship game.
  • Following the win over the Lasers, the Falcons made their sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
  • Head Coach Mitch Oliver earned his 200th career win in the 85-82 win over Anna Maria back on January 21, 2017.

WALTERS EARNS END OF THE YEAR HONORS
Last year, Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.) received year-end honors after finishing his junior year averaging 20.7 points, 13.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He was named to the 2017 D3Hoops All-American Second Team, 2017 All-Region Second Team and earned a spot on the NABC Division III All-District Second Team. He was also named GNAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after the Falcons defeated Lasell College in the GNAC Championship.

A TRIO OF FALCONS EARN GNAC HONORS
Forward Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.), guard Grant Ellis (Newark, N.J.) and guard Devin Coleman (Bridgeport, Conn.) earned All-Conference honors. Walters was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year as well as earned First Team honors. Ellis earned Second Team honors while Coleman earned Third Team. Guard Jemaa Yuori (Ghana) earned a spot on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

YUORI REPRESENTS MEN'S BASKETBALL ON GNAC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced its All-Academic Team for the 2016-17 school year. Fifty-seven student-athletes from Albertus Magnus College were among the 893 members, including Jemaa Yuori.

UP NEXT
Albertus Magnus returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 29 as the Falcons host Babson. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center.