BOSTON - Four different Rams scored in double figures, but it would not be enough as the Suffolk men's basketball team was edge by Emmanuel, 68-58, Saturday afternoon at the EC Gymnasium.
All 58 of Suffolk's (2-10, 4-15 GNAC) points came for the Rams' starting five led by a 15-point effort from Matt Duquette, shooting 6-of-13 from the floor. Freshman Michael Hagopian (13 points) was Suffolk's threat from deep with all four of his field goals coming from beyond-the-arc. Caleb Unni also provided a spark from long range, as the senior also sank four treys for 12 points. Classmates Jake Meister and Adam Chick rounded out Suffolk's point contributors with 12 and six, respectively. Meister's eight-rebound effort led the Rams on the glass.
The Rams shot 34.5 (19-55) percent for the game, and committed 12 turnovers, which led to nine Saints points.
Unlike Suffolk , Emmanuel (4-14, 4-8 GNAC) received nearly half of its points from its reserves (30) WITH Kyle Davis leading the way with 14 off the bench.
Despite a back-and-forth beginning, Emmanuel heated up and Suffolk went cold. The Saints jumped out to a 23-point lead, 39-16, with 3:20 remaining before the half. The Rams scored the last five points of the frame and only trailed by 18 at the half.
Suffolk soared out of the locker rooms, scoring 10 answered points and pull within eight, 39-31. The Rams remained at a 10-point distance until five quick points by the Saints pushed the hosts advantage back to 15, 55-40, at the 8:01 mark.
A Duquette freebie broke up the run, before Emmanuel tacked on four more points and put Suffolk in a 59-41 hole.
Hagopian's fourth three of the day followed by free throws from Duquette made it a 12-point game with 3:01 left. Unni connected on back-to-back 3-pointers with less than one minute remaining and Suffolk was back within 10.
Down the stretch the Rams played the foul game, and a traditional three-point play by Meister brought the score to 66-58 with 15 seconds left. Smith netted two freebies for the final 68-58 margin.
Suffolk remains on the road as it makes the trip to Paxton, Massachusetts Wednesday, Feb. 3. The Rams and AMCATS ares scheduled for a 7 p.m. conference contest.