BOSTON – Behind a 13-0 run, Regis came back and out did the Suffolk men's basketball team in the second half to take down the Rams, 66-62, Saturday afternoon inside Regan Gymnasium.
SCORE: Suffolk 62, Regis 66
RECORDS: Suffolk (11-10, 6-6 GNAC) | Regis (11-10, 8-5 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
A back-and-forth battle was present right off the tip and held until Jamal Fiin gave Suffolk an 11-10 edge at the 11:09 minute mark. Suffolk built a 16-10 lead that turned into a 19-13 cushion on Jim Djema's first trey of the day.
Regis slowly chipped away at the margin and equalized the score at 21-all with 3:47 to play before halftime. Thomas Duffy ensured the lead for the blue-and-gold with the sophomore swishing a NBA-range three. The Pride remained persistent, however, and evened the score twice more at 25-all and 28-all, but threes from Brendan Mulson and Djema kept Suffolk in front, 31-28, at half.
Suffolk charged out of the locker room and went up 43-33 after a 10-2 spurt with all 10 points coming from Michael Hagopian. Out of a Regis timeout, Duffy put 12 points between the rivals with back-to-back hoops.
The Rams suffered from a scoring lull that lasted nearly six minutes and the Pride took advantage, rattling off 13 unanswered points in that time to reserve the roles and take a 48-47 lead.
The score locked twice from there and Duffy regained the edge for the Rams, 53-51, at the 5:21 minute mark. Down the stretch, a late rally from Regis turned the tides once again with the visitors going up 62-57 with 1:21 on the clock.
Despite multiple attempts, Suffolk would not come back from there as the Pride held on for the 66-62 win.
- Hagopian led three Rams in double figures with 18 points.
- Mulson contributed 16 points and six boards as well as a pair of steals and one block.
- Duffy's 11 points came on a 5-for-6 effort from the field with the sophomore adding seven boards, three steals and two assists.
- Djema pitched in eight points, thee caroms and three handouts.
- Mulson had his 10th collegiate contest with double figures.
- Hagopian put together his 16th game in double digits.
- Duffy has now scored in double figures in eighth consecutive contest and 18th times this season.
Suffolk wraps up a three-game homestand Tuesday, Feb. 6 as it faces Anna Maria on the friendly confines of Regan Gymnasium's Larry E. Smith & Michael S. Smith Court at 7 p.m.