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Men's Basketball Closes Out 2007-08 Campaign With 83-80 GNAC Triumph Over Albertus Magnus

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Regan Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.


BOSTON, Mass.--  Sophomore Alan Jaziri (Norwich, Conn.) scored 18 points and connected on all 14 attempts from the foul line to lead four players in double figures as Suffolk notched an 83-80 Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Albertus Magnus in the 2007-08 season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium.

The host Rams (4-21, 3-15 Great Northeast) snapped the 15th and final tie of the day with 3:56 remaining on a pair of Jaziri free throws to take a 75-73 lead, but a three-pointer by sophomore John Donahue (Southington, Conn.) on the ensuing possession gave the visiting Falcons (4-21, 3-15 Great Northeast) a one-point edge.  The lead changed hands for the 12th and final time when Jaziri’s lay-in gave Suffolk a 77-76 edge, and the hosts extended that margin to three on a pair of free throws by senior Tim Skaggs (Framingham, Mass.).  A lay-in by junior Francisco Cordova (Windsor, Conn.) enabled Albertus Magnus to close back to one, and the Rams again took a three-point cushion on a pair of free throws by sophomore Joseph Ransom (Sheffield, England) on the ensuing possession only to see the Falcons close to within one again (81-80) on two free throws by junior Chris Hovan (Ansonia, Conn.) with 51 seconds remaining.  Each team missed shots on its next possessions, with Albertus Magnus having a chance to take the lead with 11 seconds remaining, and two more Jaziri free throws extended Suffolk’s advantage back to three, as a Falcon three-point attempt missed at the buzzer.

The Rams took a 46-45 lead at the break in the see-saw affair, as the lead changed hands eight times in the final 20 minutes, with neither team enjoying more than five points after intermission.  Junior Brian Small (Stoughton, Mass.) added 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the winners, who also received 16 points (including four three-pointers) off the bench from freshman Mike Fleming (Exeter, N.H.).  Freshman Mario Massimino (East Haven, Conn.) rounded out the quartet of double-figure scorers with 10 points and six boards for Suffolk, which also received six points each from sophomore Michael Lindberg (Attleboro, Mass.) and freshman Allan Ray (Lynn, Mass.).  The hosts shot 35 percent from the field and connected for 10 three-pointers, as the Rams held a 44-38 rebounding edge and a 27-11 scoring advantage at the foul line, making all but six attempts from the charity stripe for the afternoon.

Donahue led all scorers with 24 points in the setback for Albertus Magnus, which also received 14 points and four steals from freshman Walden St. Juste (Hartford, Conn.).  Cordova added 12 points and eight rebounds for the visitors, who also received 10 points from junior Sha’Ron Young (New Haven, Conn.) as well as eight rebounds from junior Bobby Leonzo (East Haven, Conn.).  The Falcons shot 48 percent from the field and canned seven three-pointers but hurt themselves with 21 turnovers as Suffolk swept the season series between the two schools, including a 93-88 win back on January 8th in New Haven, Conn.