SUFFOLK MEN’S BASKETBALL
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Mount Ida Center, Newton Centre, Mass.
FINAL: MOUNT IDA 100, SUFFOLK 90
NEWTON CENTRE, Mass.-- Junior Otis Thompson (Gardner, Mass.) came off the bench to record a double-double effort of 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as Mount Ida notched a 100-90 Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Suffolk Thursday evening at the Mount Ida Center.
The host Mustangs (6-7, 3-3 Great Northeast) blistered the nets at a 58 percent clip in the second half of action after trailing by 10 points midway through the first half and by one (52-51) at the break, as after Mount Ida gained a trio of four point leads, the visiting Rams (2-12, 1-6 Great Northeast) forged the seventh tie of the evening at 76-76 on a jumper by sophomore Alan Jaziri (Norwich, Conn.) with nine minutes to play. The Mustangs regained a three-point lead before using a decisive 15-7 run over the final five minutes of action to take control of the contest, building their lead to as much as 11 points while Suffolk closed its deficit to no closer than six points over the final 2:51 of play.
Freshman Thomas Belton (Springfield, Mass.) added 14 points in the win for Mount Ida, which also received 13 points from junior Gino Dipietro (Westbrook, Maine) and 11 points from junior Michael Dunham (Salem, N.H.). Sophomore Darren Martinez (Stoughton, Mass.) posted a double-double as well with 11 rebounds and 10 assists from the Mustangs, who shot 54 percent overall from the field while holding a 53-40 rebounding advantage for the contest, converting 22 offensive rebounds into 29 second chance points.
Freshman Allan Ray (Lynn, Mass.) paced Suffolk in the scoring column with a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, while sophomore Michael Lindberg (Attleboro, Mass.) added 20 points off the bench for the Rams. Jaziri finished with 19 points, including five three-pointers, to go with five boards for the visitors, who also received 11 points and four assists from junior Brian Small (Stoughton, Mass.). Suffolk shot 41 percent from the field and connected for nine three-pointers, but the Rams hurt themselves with 20 turnovers on the evening.
Suffolk heads to Providence, R.I. on Monday evening to take on Johnson & Wales in a Great Northeast outing that begins at 7:00 p.m., while Mount Ida travels to Standish, Maine on Saturday afternoon to square off with Saint Joseph’s (Maine) in a Great Northeast match-up that begins at 3:00 p.m.