Men's Basketball Never Trails in 91-69 Win over Anna Maria

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

New Haven, Conn. - The Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team extended its winning streak to three as the Falcons defeated Anna Maria College, 91-69, in a home non-conference clash on Thursday evening at "The Nest" inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center.

THE BASICS
FINAL: Albertus Magnus 91 | Anna Maria 69
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (3-1) | Anna Maria (0-6)
BOX SCORE

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Falcons pulled away in the first five-plus minutes, taking a 17-4 advantage at the 14:44 mark. Jahmerikah Green-Younger (Norwalk, Conn.) led the charge during the early Albertus run, accounting for seven of the team's 17 points on a 3-pointer and two layups.

Albertus maintained its double-digit advantage until the 3:39 mark of the first half, when Ralph Grasso Jr. sank a trey to cut the deficit to eight, 33-25. The closest that Anna Maria would get for the remainder of the game was five points, 33-28, with 3:03 remaining in the stanza.

The Falcons answered the AMCATS' comeback by scoring 10 of the final 12 points of the first half to take a 43-30 lead into the break.

Green-Younger led the way for Albertus with 11 points over the first half in just 11 minutes of play. Justice Washington (Hamden, Conn.) was next on the team with eight points to go along with four boards.

Albertus would not let its lead dip below double digits for the remainder of the contest, growing its advantage to as high as 22 points, 91-69, tonight's final score.

In total, five different Falcons posted 10-plus points, led by Green-Younger with 16 and Washington and Davon Warner (New Haven, Conn.) with 14 each. Isaiah Lewis (New Haven, Conn.) and Terry Dawkins (Bronx, N.Y.) rounded out Albertus' top-five scorers with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Dawkins finished with a double-double on 10 points and 10 rebounds.

TEAM STATS

  • Albertus Magnus - 45.8% FG | 29.0% 3PT | 60% FT
  • Anna Maria - 43.1% FG | 38.1% 3PT | 61.1% FT
  • The Falcons out-rebounded the AMCATS 51-34 and recorded 31 second chance points.
  • The Falcons' bench recorded a combined 54 points on the evening.
  • Albertus finished the contest with 35 points off of 22 AMCAT turnovers.

KEY PERFORMERS
Albertus:

Anna Maria:

  • Bobby Perette - 24 points (10-14 FG, 4-5 3PT, 0-1 FT) | 6 rebounds | 2 assists | 1 block
  • Mike Rapozo - 14 points (4-5  FG, 6-7 FT) | 10 rebounds | 3 assists | 2 steals | 1 block
  • Ralph Grasso Jr.- 14 points (5-15 FG, 2-7 3PT, 2-5 FT) | 3 rebounds | 3 assists | 2 steals
  • Demario Scarpegnato - 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-2 FT) | 4 rebounds | 1 assist

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

  • Albertus: Terry Dawkins (10 points, 10 rebounds)
  • Anna Maria: Mike Rapoza (14 points and 10 rebounds)

NOTEWORTHY

  • Following tonight's win, the Falcons are 17-4 all-time against the AMCATS.
  • At home, Albertus is 9-1 all-time against Anna Maria.
  • Albertus posted a season-high in offensive rebounds (22), defensive rebounds (29) and total rebounds (51).
  • Dawkins and Washington recorded their first double-digit performance of the season. 
  • Head Coach Mitch Oliver earned his 254th career win after taking over the program in 2007.
  • Albertus remains undefeated at home, 2-0. 

UP NEXT
The men's basketball team returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 26 with a road non-conference game against Keene State. Tip-off is set for 7PM in Keene, N.H.