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 Tops Mitchell, 91-81

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

New London, Conn. - Led behind four double-digit performances, including a season-high 23-points from junior Ryan Pittman (Stratford, Conn.), the Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team defeated in-state rival Mitchell College, 91-81, Thursday evening in non-conference play.

RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (4-2) | Mitchell College (2-5)
SCORE: Albertus Magnus 91 | Mitchell College 81

HOW IT HAPPENED

Albertus Magnus opened the non-conference clash with an early 10-4 lead, that included a pair of baskets from Mason Jones (Manchester, N.J.) and Amir Maddred (Camden, N.J.), forcing the hosts to use its first timeout of the game four minutes in. Shortly after, Mitchell rallied off a 7-3 run to cut the Falcons' lead to two, 13-11, before a three from Hanif Bilal (Winston-Salem, N.C.) stopped the Mariners' run and shifted the momentum back to the visitors.
 
With 5:56 remaining in the half, Albertus Magnus took its biggest lead of the first, 31-22, on a jumper from Maddred, but a 9-0 run by the Mariners brought the hosts to within two, 33-31. Both teams traded baskets over the next minute until two free throws from Marvin Baker tied the game at 37-all, entering a media timeout at the 2:27 mark. Jones and Randy Thomas (Newark, N.J.) would close out the frame for the Falcons scoring the final eight points to give their team the six-point lead at the half, 45-39.

The Falcons came out hot to start the second half, pushing the margin to 56-41 by the 16:16 mark. Maddred scored the first five points of the period while Walters added a pair of buckets.

A Pittman three with 10:52 to play gave Albertus Magnus its biggest lead of the night at 71-52. Mitchell eventually whittled the deficit back to 10 but never got within single digits.

NOTEWORTHY

  • Following tonight's win, Albertus Magnus leads Mitchell in the all-time series, 12-3.
  • The Falcons are no 5-1 on the road against the Mariners.
  • Tonight's 91-point performance is a season-high for the Falcons.
  • Albertus Magnus tied its season-high in rebounds with 50 and blocks with four.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Albertus Magnus - 41% (field goal), 32% (three point) and 65.5% (free throw)
  • Mitchell - 42.4% (field goal), 46.7% (three point) and 90% (free throw)
  • The Falcons finished with 21 offensive rebounds—including 14 in the second half—and outscored the Mariners 25-8 on second-chance points.
  • Senior Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.) added a double-double of 22 points and a career-high 24 rebounds to go with two blocks.
  • Colizel Lewis netted a season-high 23 points and shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line to pace the Mariners
  • Maddred and Jones also scored in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
  • Mitchell's bench outscore the Falcons 18-13.

UP NEXT
Albertus Magnus returns to action at Norwich University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a GNAC showdown. Mitchell will next play at Connecticut College on Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m.