Brian Small's (Stoughton, MA) 38 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists led the Suffolk Men's Basketball team (2-8 GNAC, 3-14 overall) to a 112-107 upset win over conference leading Lasell College (9-2 GNAC, 12-6 overall) at Suffolk's Regan Gymnasium Staurday afternoon.
Today's game also featured Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness which is going on throughout the nation this weekend in collge basketball. It is a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society. Participating NABC-member college men’s basketball coaches, including Coach Adam Nelson's staff and Lasell's staff wore sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire during Saturday’s game to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.
Small shot 15-24 for the afternoon. Freshman Mike Gibbons (Ringwood, NJ) dropped in 19 points for the Rams, including a 5-10 performance from three. Jevic Muteba (Revere, MA added 18 points and five rebounds off the bench. Freshman Luke Barrett (Cincinnati, OH) scored 14 points on 6-12 shooting.
Jose Guitan led Lasell with an impressive 31 points and 18 rebounds. Guitan reached double-figures in points and rebounds in the first ten minutes of the game. Brad Caravoulias netted 28 points on 6-11 shooting from beyond the arc for the Lasers.
The two teams traded baskets for much of the second half, with the Lasers taking a 103-102 lead with 2:13 remaining after a bucket from Guitan. The Rams responded with field goals from Barrett and Small to take a 106-103 lead with 1:18 remaining.
Lasell quickly cut the Suffolk lead to 106-105 with 54 seconds left in the game thanks to two of Junior Sainval's 11 points on the afternoon, but a huge jumper from Muteba and clutch free-throw shooting from Small put the Rams a head 110-107 with 17 seconds left.
Lasell had an opportunity to tie the game, but a Caravoulias turnover with 2 seconds and two free-throws from Gibbons sealed the victory for Suffolk.
The Lasers opened the second half on a 13-5 run, which was capped off by a Guitan ally-hoop finish from Sainval. Lasell led 72-63 at the end of the run. The Lasers opened up the game on a 12-0 run, but were unable to add to the lead as they led just 59-58 at halftime.
The Rams shot 52.6% from the field for the game to go along with 28 assists and only seven turnovers. Suffolk shot 11-23 from three-point land.
Lasell Collge plays again on Tuesday as the host Albertus Magnus College. Suffolk will take on city rival Emerson on the road Monday at 7 p.m.