STANDISH, ME - Albertus Magnus (10-4, 6-1 GNAC) erased a
nine-point halftime deficit and outscored Saint Joseph's (10-3, 5-2
GNAC) by 21 points in the second stanza to roll to a 78-66 victory
in a key GNAC Men's Basketball matchup at the Harold Alfond Center
on Monday evening. RayEatmon '10
(Huntington, NY) paced four Monks in double digits with a
double-double effort of 15 points and 12 boards in the loss.
ChrisPetzy '12 (Kensington,
NH) and RashonJones '11
(Bridgeport, CT) both netted 12 point for St. Joe's and
AnthonySavino '11 (Portland,
ME/Cheverus) recorded 11 points, 9 in the first half.
Sophomore forward Ray Askew (New Haven, CT) led all players with
30 points and 17 rebounds for the Falcons, while freshman forward
Jefferson Lora (Bronx, NY) also tallied a double-dip with 14 points
and 10 caroms in the triumph. Byron Reaves '12 (Hamden, CT) added
14 points for Albertus Magnus, which was previously 0-5 against
Saint Joseph's, including a season-ending 75-64 loss last year in
the GNAC semifinal round.
The Monks shot well in the first half, converting 50% (15-30) of
their bids from the field en route to a 39-30 halftime break, but
the second half featured a dismal shooting performance by the Royal
Blue. Collectively, St. Joe's shot 33.3% (12-36) overall, and just
1-10 from beyond the arc, in the latter stanza. The Falcons, who
shot 37.9% (11-29) in the opening period, heated up in the second
with a 56.7% (17-30) performance and made 13 free throws on their
way to victory.
The opening 10 minutes of the contest was tightly contested, but
the Monks seemed to hit their stride with an 8-0 surge, which began
with a TomRay '12 (Cape
Elizabeth, ME) bucket, off a nifty pass from Eatmon, at the 11:16
mark and was closed out with a Petzy jumper with
7:56 to play in the first half. St. Joe's held a 20-12 lead after
The Monks seemed to take control in the closing minutes of the
half and built a 39-27 lead off a 10-3 run, with
Petzy netting 6 points, but a three-pointer with
three seconds on the clock by Falcons guard Sean Bertanza '13
(Seymour, CT) cut the SJC lead to 9 heading into the break.
Jones opened the second half for the Monks with
a two-pointer 58 seconds in to increase the SJC lead to 11, but a
2-10 effort from the floor in the ensuing five minutes allowed
Albertus Magnus to keep the game within reach.
At the 14:44 mark, a dunk by Askew off an alley-oop pass from
Arshad Jackson '13 (Hartford, CT) cut the Monks' lead to three
points, but Eatmon hit a shot to make it a 47-42
game 20 seconds later. The Falcons proceeded to go on an 11-4 run
over the next four minutes, with the closing basket, a jumper by
Askew at the 10:18 mark, providing the visitors with their first
lead, 53-51, in nearly 24 minutes of play.
Albertus increased its lead to six points with two quick hoops,
but buckets from Jones and ZachO'Brien '12 (Schenectady, NY) diminished the
Falcons' advantage back to two, 57-55, with 7:43 remaining.
Albertus Magnus proceeded to change the complexion of the game
for good with a 10-1 outburst over the next four minutes and led
67-56 after Askew, who netted 6 points during the run, converted a
layup with 3:23 to go. The Falcons maintained a two-figure lead for
the final three minutes of play.
St. Joe's shot 40.9% (27-66) overall, 17.6% (3-17) from
three-point distance, and 64.3% (9-14) from the line, while
Albertus Magnus shot 47.5% (28-59) from the field, 30.8% (4-13)
from beyond the arc and 64.3% (18-28) from the line. The Falcons
held a 42-36 advantage on the boards and the Monks registered 21
assists on 27 field goals. The field goal and three-point
percentages both rank as season-lows for the Royal Blue.
Saint Joseph's will play at Bates College on Wednesday at 7:30
PM while Albertus will host GNAC-rival Suffolk University on
Saturday at 3:00 PM.
Newspaper Box Score
Albertus Magnus vs St. Joseph's (Me.)
01/18/10 7:00 PM at Alfond Center, Standish, Maine
At Alfond Center, Standish, Maine
ALBERTUS MAGNUS 78, ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) 66
ALBERTUS MAGNUS (10-4, 6-1 GNAC)
Ray Askew 11-17 8-10 30; Jefferson Lora 4-10 6-7 14; Byron Reaves
13; Sean Bertanza 2-3 0-0 6; Alex Muniz 2-5 1-3 5; Arshad Jackson
1-3 0-0 3;
Walden St. Juste 1-9 1-2 3; James Economopoulos 1-1 0-0 2; Sha'Ron
0-0 2; Mike Sweeney 0-0 0-0 0; David Armstrong 0-0 0-2 0. Totals
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) (10-3, 5-2 GNAC)
Ray Eatmon 7-11 1-3 15; Rashon Jones 4-10 3-4 12; Chris Petzy 5-15
Anthony Savino 4-8 3-4 11; Tyler Kelley 3-7 1-2 8; Zach O'Brien
3-14 0-0 6;
Tom Ray 1-1 0-0 2; Julio Vazquez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-66 9-14
Albertus Magnus............... 30 48
St. Joseph's (Me.)............ 39 27
3-point goals--Albertus Magnus 4-13 (Sean Bertanza 2-3; Arshad
Byron Reaves 1-2; Walden St. Juste 0-4; Ray Askew 0-2), St.
3-17 (Tyler Kelley 1-4; Chris Petzy 1-7; Rashon Jones 1-3; Zach
0-3). Fouled out--Albertus Magnus-None, St. Joseph's
Rebounds--Albertus Magnus 42 (Ray Askew 17), St. Joseph's (Me.) 36
Eatmon 12). Assists--Albertus Magnus 17 (Byron Reaves 4; Alex Muniz
Joseph's (Me.) 21 (Ray Eatmon 6). Total fouls--Albertus Magnus 10,
Joseph's (Me.) 19. Technical fouls--Albertus Magnus-None, St.