PAXTON, Mass. - The Suffolk men's basketball team was defeated by Anna Maria, 81-70, Wednesday night in GNAC action.
Suffolk falls to 4-16 overall and 2-11 in league action with the loss, while Anna Maria improves to 11-9 overall and 7-6 in GNAC play.
Tyler Delorey became the 22nd 1,000-point scorer in Anna Maria history, thanks to a 27-point effort. The AMCATS saw 22 points off the bench from Corey Pryor. Classmate Patrick Bradanese finished with 15 points and five assists, while fellow senior Kyle McKissick recorded a game-high 13 rebounds.
Anna Maria held scoring advantage is points off turnovers (18-5), second-chance points (21-6), points in the paint (30-28), fast-break points (16-0) and bench points (29-9). Despite this, the AMCATS were actually bested by the Rams from the floor—42.4 percent (25-59) to 41.1 percent (30-73).
The Rams also held a 13-12 advantage in points scored at the free-throw line, while Anna Maria cleaned up on the boards, outrebounding Suffolk 48-36.
The first 15 minutes of the game were back-and-forth as the teams exchanged five leads and were tied four times. Trailing by two, 28-26, with 5:34 still to play in the half, the AMCATS took the final lead change of the half on a three-pointer by Bradanese.
Anna Maria would hold Suffolk scoreless for the remainder of the half while scoring 12 points of its own, including a steal-layup combination by Kenneth Graham that sparked the crowd and put the AMCATS up by nine. A final free throw by Graham with four seconds left in the half sent the hosts into the halftime with a 40-28 advantage.
The AMCATS scored the first two points of the second half on a pair of free-throws by McKissick and Anna Maria took a 15-point lead minutes later on a three-pointer by David Jean-Louis. The AMCATS would lead by as many as 18 in the first part of the second half, until Suffolk began to chip away at the deficit.
A 10-4 run over a two-minute stretch midway through the half helped Suffolk cut Anna Maria's lead to single-digits, 55-48, following a three-pointer by Caleb Unni. A free-throw by Steven Diprizio brought the Rams within six, but it would prove to be the closest they would get as Anna Maria opened up another double-digit window.
One last Suffolk run brought it within six points again following a triple by Michael Hagopian with 29 seconds on the clock but the Rams were forced to foul for possession and sent Pryor to the line, where he drained two. A defensive board by McKissick on Suffolk's last trip down the floor set up Delorey for his 1,000-point milestone play.
Suffolk returns to action Saturday as the Rams host Norwich at 3:15 p.m.