THURSDAY, JAN. 17 // 5:00 PM
BOSTON – Following a thrilling overtime victory over Western New England Monday night, the Suffolk men's basketball team remains on the road Thursday, Jan. 17 when it visits Anna Maria. The GNAC tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
Michael Hagopian scored 14 unanswered points in overtime to pace Suffolk men's basketball to a 91-77 victory over Western New England in its non-conference closer at the Alumni Healthful Living Center Monday night.
MORE READING: Men's Basketball Clips Western New England, 91-77, in OT
Suffolk capped off its non-league slate at 9-5, the best out-of-conference record since the Rams joined a league in 2000. Overall, the Rams, who are currently on a five-game win streak, are 10-5 with a 1-0 league ledger after defeating Johnson & Wales, 77-67, Jan. 12.
The Rams' 78.6 ppg offense is well-balanced with a core group of student-athletes being consistent contributors. Thomas Duffy's 14.6 ppg leads the way with Michael Hagopian on the junior's heels at 13.5 ppg. Brendan Mulson (12.4 ppg), Alex Jacovides (10.9 ppg) and Steven DiPrizio (9.9 ppg) add to the offense on a regular basis as well.
Defensively, the blue-and-gold is outrebounding its foes by a 3.8 margin paced by DiPrizio's 6.7 rpg clip. Mulson and Duffy chip in 4.7 rpg and 4.6 rpg, respectively, to the effort on the glass.
Anna Maria is on a two-game skid that set the AMCATS to 5-11 on the year and 1-2 against conference counterparts.
Mike Rapoza averages a double-double to anchor Anna Maria on both sides of the ball with 16.8 ppg and 12.4 rpg. Bobby Perette adds 14.1 ppg to the AMCATs 72.3 ppg offense, while Sidney Limage has provided 6.0 rpg to the team's 38.6 rpg effort.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Anna Maria swept Suffolk in the two-game regular-season series a year ago to take a 10-5 all-time series lead over the Rams.
- Suffolk looks for its first win over the AMCATs since defeating Anna Maria 77-73 on Valentine's Day in 2017.
- The Rams are 2-4 versus the AMCATs in the Jeff Juron era.
Suffolk will take the weekend off before wrapping up the three-game road swing Tuesday, Jan. 22 when it visits Regis for a 6 p.m. tilt.