BOSTON – The Suffolk men's basketball team returns to action after the Thanksgiving break Sunday, Nov. 27 when the Rams welcome Salve Regina to Regan Gymnasium for a 3 p.m. non-conference contest.
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LAST TIME OUT
In a battle between Boston Commons schools, the Suffolk men's basketball team came up on the wrong side of things as the Rams slipped to Emerson, 78-73, inside Regan Gymnasium Tuesday night.
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RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
The Rams (0-4) look to snap a season-opening four-game skid and tally their first mark in the win column in front of their home crowd Sunday afternoon.
Suffolk, who averages 66.0 ppg as a team, sees a quartet of players contributing double figures in points led by sophomore Steven DiPrizio's 13.3 ppg. Classmate Michael Hagopian is not far behind in squad at 12.8 ppg with fellow sophomore Jim Djema adding 11.3 ppg. Freshman George Grillakis rounds out the foursome with 10.5 ppg.
On the defensive end, Suffolk grabs just 30.0 rpg and is paced by rookie Thomas Duffy's 5.0 rpg. DiPrizio and Grillakis add to the effort with 4.5 rpg and 4.0 rpg, respectively.
SOMETHING 'BOUT THE SEAHAWKS
Salve Regina ended its season-opening, three-game losing streak Tuesday night with an 84-82 thrilling win over Coast Guard. The Seahawks victory came at home with all three of their defeats coming at neutral sites or as the away team.
Collectively Salve Regina's 65.8 ppg is anchored by two upperclassmen in Nicholas Bates and Rodney Morton. The former averages 21.3 ppg, while the latter contributes 19.0 ppg. Bates is also the Seahawks force on the glass, as the senior forward pulls down 9.8 rpg.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Sunday marks the 26th meeting between Suffolk and Salve Regina with the Rams trailing the all-time series, 9-16. The Seahawks took the last meeting a year ago, 73-71, on a buzzer beater with the last victory for Suffolk coming by an identical score in 2009.
SUFFOLK FREE RADIO
Suffolk Athletics has teamed up with Suffolk Free Radio to bring Ram Nation live broadcast events this year including multiple home and away women's basketball contests.
The pre-game shows are set to launch 15 minutes prior to tip-off of all contests and fans can follow along at mixlr.com/suffolkfreeradio/.
Suffolk has its final non-conference prep Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Wheelock at 6:30 p.m., before opening its GNAC slate against Saint Joseph's (Maine) at home Saturday, Dec. 3.