BOSTON – The Suffolk men's basketball team looks to avenge its first meeting with Albertus Magnus this season as the Rams welcome the Falcons to Regan Gymnasium Thursday, Jan. 12. Tip-off of the rematch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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For the third time this season, Suffolk's basketball teams will partake in a double header. The women's squad gets the action going at 5 p.m. versus Albertus Magnus with the men's team hosting the Falcons in the nightcap at 7:15 p.m.
Both of the Rams' squads are 1-1 this season when playing the same day inside Regan Gymnasium with each team winning the last outing. The men's team defeated Norwich, 61-52, while the women turned in a thrilling 61-60 win against Johnson & Wales.
LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk men's basketball team shot lights out on the long ball, shooting 50 percent from the three-point line, to run past GNAC rival Rivier, Tuesday night inside Regan Gymnasium.
MORE READING: Men's Basketball Shoots Past Rivier, 79-45
RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
Suffolk moved one game over .500 against conference competition Tuesday night when the Rams ran past Rivier, 79-45. At 3-3 in league action and 4-9 on the season Suffolk sits in sixth place in the GNAC standings.
Like their standing, the Rams offensive output of 66.5 ppg also lands sixth amongst GNAC schools with the team's individual leader, sophomore Steven DiPrizio (13.1 ppg) landing just outside the conference's top ten. Classmates Jim Djema and Michael Hagopian also produce double figures for Suffolk with 11.0 ppg and 10.7 ppg, respectively.
On the defensive side of things, the blue and gold is being outrebounded by its opponents by a 2.5 margin despite grabbing 33.3 rpg. DiPrizio's team-best 10.2 rpg ranks third amongst the conference.
Albertus Magnus, who is on a three-game win streak and unbeaten in 2017, is second in the standings at 5-1 in GNAC play and 9-3 overall. In the Falcons' last outing, they defeated Norwich, 85-57.
The league's top-ranked offense of 86.7 ppg is thanks to six different Falcons averaging double figures in points in Grant Ellis (21.7 ppg), Devin Coleman (17.2 ppg), Jaqhawn Walters (16.8 ppg), Shaquille Mitchell (13.2 ppg), Mason Jones (11.7 ppg) and Ryan Pittman (10.4 ppg).
Albertus Magnus' defensive is also among the top in the conference with its 42.4 rpg ranking second. The Falcons are outrebounding their opponents by a 4.2 margin with Walters leading the way with 11.3 rpg for a double-double average. Ellis is also a main ingredient on the glass for Albertus Magnus, grabbing 9.7 rpg.
Suffolk has fallen to Albertus Magnus in the last eight meetings of the two teams in a series which started when the Rams joined the GNAC in 1999. The Falcons own the all-time series, 22-15.
WE MEET AGAIN
On Dec. 10, Suffolk trailed by 20 points at halftime at Albertus Magnus and stormed out of the locker room to pull within six of the Falcons. The hosts did not let the Rams get any closer, however, to hold on for the 81-74 GNAC victory.
MORE READING: Albertus Magnus Holds Off Men's Basketball's Comeback
For back-to-back weeks Dec. 5 and 12, Thomas Duffy earned GNAC Corvias Rookie of the Week honors.
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 hits the road over the weekend when it visits Lasell Saturday, Jan. 14 for a 3 p.m. GNAC showdown.