Men's Basketball

2017-18 RECORD: 21-6; GNAC: 15-1 / NCAA Tournament: 6 appearances / GNAC Titles: 7 (1999, 2010,'12, '13, '14, '15, '17)

Men's Basketball Wins Hard-Fought Battle against Saint Joseph's (CT)

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

Link: Box Score

West Hartford, Conn. - Junior Damian Grant (Waterbury, Conn.) recorded his third double-double of the season behind 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team knocked off league newcomer University of Saint Joseph's (CT), 88-84, Tuesday evening in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) clash at the O'Connell Center.

THE BASICS
FINAL: Albertus Magnus College 88 | University of Saint Joseph's (CT) 84
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (14-7, 6-2) | Saint Joseph's (CT) (13-10, 4-5)
ALL-TIME SERIES: Albertus earns its first program win over Saint Joseph's (CT).

HOW IT HAPPENED
First Half:

  • USJ took the early lead on three from Chris Childs before an 8-0 run by the Falcons gave the visitors the early 8-3 edge two minutes in.
  • A layup from Jake Sullivan sparked a 6-0 run that put the hosts up one, 9-8, but Albertus managed to regain the lead, 16-9, after a short rally that included four points from freshman Michael Richardson (Bronx, N.Y.).
  • Albertus continued to run its offense extending its lead to double-digits, 20-10, following a layup from freshman Andrew Rice (New Haven, Conn.) at the 12:10 mark.
  • Over the next 10 minutes of play, USJ and Albertus battled through six ties before Albertus found themselves up 44-38 at the half.

Second Half:

  • The Falcons came out of the half on a 16-7 run, pounding the ball inside, and converting on several and-ones. Albertus took a 60-45 lead with 16:00 to go.
  • USJ came roaring back, trimming a point or two at a time, until the lead was down to one, 80-79, with 2:00 to play exactly.
  • The Falcons thrived on getting third, fourth, even fifth shot opportunities simply by sending multiple bigs to the boards.
  • Junior Liam Perryman (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) conveted on a huge putback to go up three, 82-79 with 1:47 left to play.
  • USJ's Chris Childs fouled out seconds later, and Albertus went 6-for-8 from the line in the final minute to close out the win.

KEY PERFORMANCES
Albertus:

  • Jahmerikah Green-Younger (Norwalk, Conn.) – 19 Points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3PT, 8-10 FT) | 8 rebounds | 2 assists
  • Damian Grant – 15 Points (7-15 FG, 3-4 FT) | 11 rebounds | 1 assist
  • Tyreek Perkins (New Haven, Conn.) – 12 points (3-12 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-8 FT) | 4 rebounds | 1 assist | 1 block
  • Liam Perryman – 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-6 FT) | 7 rebounds | 1 steal | 4 blocks

Saint Joseph's (CT):

  • Chris Childs – 24 Points | 5 rebounds | 2 assists | 2steals
  • Delshawn Jackson Jr – 22 Points | 3 rebounds | 4 assists | 1 steal
  • Ryan O'Neill – 12 points | 8 rebounds | 1 steal
  • Noreaga Davis – 12 points | 8 rebounds | 2 assists

UP NEXT
Albertus continues GNAC play with a road tilt at Lasell College. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. in Newton, Mass.