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: Keene State, Mitchell and Norwich

Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: Keene State, Mitchell and Norwich

Albertus Magnus College
Men's Basketball Weekly Preview 

Albertus Magnus (3-1, 1-0 GNAC)
at
Keene State (5-2)
Tuesday, Dec. 5 • 7 p.m. • Keene, N.H.

Albertus Magnus (3-1, 1-0 GNAC)
at
Mitchell (2-3)
Thursday, Dec. 7 • 6 p.m. • New London, Conn. 

Albertus Magnus (3-1, 1-0 GNAC)
at
Norwich (0-5, 0-0)
Saturday, Dec. 9 • 1 p.m. • Northfield, Vt.

WEEK FOUR
The Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team prepares for three games in the week ahead as the Falcons begin week four with a road tilt at Keene State on Tuesday followed by a non-conference clash at Mitchell Thursday and a GNAC showdown at Norwich on Saturday.

WEEK THREE RECAP

WEEK THREE GAME HIGHLIGHTS

 Marquise Owens

  • scored a season-high nine points vs. Regis (Mass.)

Tyreek Perkins

  • tallied a season-best five assits vs. Regis (Mass.)

Hanif Bilal

  • posted a season-high nine points vs. Regis (Mass.)

Amir Maddred

  • recorded a season-best 10 points vs. Babson
  • registered a career-high six rebounds vs. Regis (Mass.)

Jaqhawn Walters

  • season-high 31 points vs. Babson
  • posted second double-double vs. Babson.

ALL-TIME VS. KEENE STATE
This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

ALL-TIME VS. MITCHELL
Albertus Magnus leads Mitchell in the all-time series, 11-2. The Falcons are 4-1 on the road against the Mariners.

LAST TIME VS. MITCHELL
Game (12/8/16): Albertus Magnus 107 | Mitchell 107 RECAP/BOX SCORE

ALL-TIME VS. NORWICH
Albertus Magnus holds a 22-12 advantage against Norwich in the all-time series. The Falcons are 6-9 on the road against the Cadets.

LAST TIME VS. NORWICH
Game 1 (1/5/17): Albertus Magnus 86 | Norwich 69 RECAP/BOX SCORE
Game 2 (1/10/17): Albertus Magnus 85 | Norwich 57 RECAP/BOX SCORE

WALTERS REPEATS AS AMC MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Walters averaged 28.0 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 65.0% (26-40 FG) in a pair of victories last week. He poured in 31 points on 14-of-22 shooting with 14 boards in an 85-81 win over defending national champion Babson. The reigning GNAC Player of the Year capped the week with 25 points (12-18 FG) and nine rebounds in an 85-58 GNAC opening win over Regis (Mass.).

FALCON STANDOUTS

  • Jaqhawn Walters
    • leads the league averaging 25.5 points per game.
    • second in the league in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game.
    • third in the league with a 57.7 field goal percentage.

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 next week with a home non-conference game against New Jersey City on Saturday, Dec. 16.