SUFFOLK MEN’S BASKETBALL
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Andrews Hall, Northfield, Vt.
FINAL: SUFFOLK 93, NORWICH 85
NORTHFIELD, Vt.-- Junior Brian Small (Stoughton, Mass.) scored 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career, and grabbed 12 rebounds to notch his sixth double-double of the season and lead Suffolk to a 93-85 Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Norwich Tuesday evening at Andrews Hall.
A game that saw six ties and nine lead changes saw the visiting Rams (3-22, 2-15 Great Northeast) take a 38-36 advantage at the break and use a 15-6 run over the first 5:26 of play after intermission to grab a 53-44 edge on a lay-in by sophomore Alan Jaziri (Norwich, Conn.) with 14:34 remaining, and Suffolk built its lead to as many as 12 points on three occasions in the final 7:05 of action, blistering the nets at a 67 percent clip (18-27) in the final 20 minutes of play. The host Cadets (12-11, 8-9 Great Northeast) made a final charge in the closing 2:51 of action to cut their deficit to four (81-77) on a jumper by junior Mike Filipek (Jericho, Vt.), but seven made free throws by senior Tim Skaggs (Framingham, Mass.), sophomore Michael Lindberg (Attleboro, Mass.) and freshman Mike Fleming (Exeter, N.H.) in the final 46 seconds iced the Rams’ triumph.
Small, who becomes the 24th member of Suffolk’s 1,000 Point Club, was one of four players in double figures in the win for the visitors, as Fleming and fellow freshman Mario Massimino (East Haven, Conn.) each netted 14 points for the Rams, who also received 11 points from Lindberg. Jaziri finished with nine points and three assists for the winners, who also received eight points and eight rebounds from freshman Allan Ray (Lynn, Mass.), six points from Skaggs and five points and four assists from sophomore Joseph Ransom (Sheffield, England). Suffolk shot 54 percent from the field for the evening and scorched the nets from behind the arc, hitting 13 of 25 attempts from three-point range, as the Rams held a 40-35 rebounding edge and a 16-12 scoring advantage at the foul line to avenge a 12-point setback suffered to the Cadets back in January.
Filipek led all scorers with 30 points and seven rebounds off the bench in the setback for Norwich, which also received 19 points from freshman Jaren Jeffcoat (Dallas, Tex.) as well as a double-double effort of 10 points and 10 rebounds from senior Derrick Montiero (Mamaroneck, N.Y.). Seniors Cody Hatt (Springfield, Vt.) and Jerrold Williams (Queens, N.Y.) each added nine points for the hosts, who also received eight points and eight assists from junior Tim Fico (Monroe, Conn.). Norwich shot 43 percent from the field and connected for seven three-pointers while turning 17 Suffolk turnovers into 19 points.
Suffolk closes out its 2007-08 campaign on Saturday afternoon when the Rams host Albertus Magnus in a Great Northeast outing at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Norwich closes out its regular season slate by heading to Boston on Saturday afternoon to take on Emerson in a Great Northeast match-up that tips-off at 1:00 p.m.