SUFFOLK MEN’S BASKETBALL
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Regan Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.
FINAL: SUFFOLK 78, UMASS BOSTON 70
BOSTON, Mass.-- Sophomore Alan Jaziri (Norwich, Conn.) scored 26 points to lead three players in double figures as Suffolk notched its first victory of the season with a 78-70 non-league college men’s basketball triumph over UMass Boston Thursday evening at Regan Gymnasium.
The host Rams (1-4) overcame an early three-point deficit with a 15-0 run over a 3:48 stretch to take a 35-23 advantage on a three-pointer by freshman Allan Ray (Lynn, Mass.) with 4:40 to play in the opening half, as Suffolk outscored the visiting Beacons (1-4) by a 20-8 margin over the final 8:28 of play to take a 40-31 edge at the break. A three-pointer by sophomore Josh Teixeira (Braintree, Mass.) with 14:39 remaining in the contest capped an opening 9-4 spurt following intermission for a 49-35 Rams lead, but UMass Boston used a 15-5 run of its own over a five minute stretch to slice its deficit to four (54-50) on a three-pointer by sophomore Anthony Matlock (Seattle, Wash.) with 9:40 remaining. Suffolk then took control of the contest with a 10-2 run over the next 2:54 in taking a 64-52 edge with 6:46 to play, as the Beacons got no closer than five points over the final three-plus minutes of action.
Jaziri was perfect on all 10 of his attempts from the foul line as part of his game high scoring effort for Suffolk, which also received a career-high 16 points and eight rebounds from Teixeira as well as a career-best 14 points and seven boards from Ray. Junior Brian Small (Stoughton, Mass.) added seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Rams, who also received seven points and six assists from sophomore Joseph Ransom (Sheffield, England). Suffolk shot 44 percent from the field and held a 42-39 rebounding edge on the evening, as the Rams held a 26-6 advantage in points off turnovers for the contest.
Senior A.J. Titus (Roxbury, Mass.) paced UMass Boston in the scoring column with 12 points and four assists, while senior Amigo Paniagua (Santiago, Dominican Republic) added 11 points for the Beacons, which also received 10 points from sophomore Ernst Jean (Malden, Mass.). Matlock chipped in with nine points for the visitors, who also received eight points and seven rebounds from sophomore Kenneth Hite (Dorchester, Mass.). UMass Boston shot 46 percent from the field and connected for six three-pointers, but the Beacons hurt themselves with 17 turnovers.
Suffolk hosts Rivier in its Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 2:00 p.m., while UMass Boston heads to Providence, R.I. on Saturday afternoon to open Little East Conference play against Rhode Island College beginning at 3:30 p.m.