WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 // 7:00 PM
BOSTON - The Suffolk men's basketball team hits the road for a midweek matchup Wednesday, Jan. 30 when the Rams head to Saint Joseph's (Maine). The GNAC clash is set for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk men's basketball team put together a well-balanced effort to return to the win column behind a 64-56 victory over Norwich Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium.
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Suffolk returned to the win column Saturday to improve to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in conference contests.
The Rams' 76.5 ppg offense is well-balanced and sees five players producing double figures. Thomas Duffy's 14.1 ppg leads the way with Michael Hagopian's and Brendan Mulson's 12.9 ppg and 12.6 ppg, respectively, following closely behind. Alex Jacovides (10.7 ppg) and Steven DiPrizio (10.2 ppg) complete the top five scorers.
A trio of the top offensive contributors lead the way defensively as well in DiPrizio, Mulson and Duffy. DiPrizio's 6.9 rpg anchors the Rams' 37.4 rpg with Mulson and Duffy each chipping in 4.9 rpg.
St. Joe's has rattled off three straight wins to improve to 15-4 overall and 5-1 against league opponents.
The Monks offense is the most powerful in the GNAC scoring 94.7 ppg. Over its latest three-game win streak, SJC has eclipsed 99 points in each such outing and hit the 100-point mark in a 102-94 victory over Johnson & Wales Jan. 19. Jack Casale is the main ingredient to the Monks offense as the junior puts away a league-best 24.6 ppg. Darian Berry (19.4 ppg), Ian Mileikis (17.4 ppg) and Marc Corey (12.1 ppg) complement Casale's output with double digit points as well.
Casale is the leader on the glass as well with the 6-foot-6 guard nearly averaging a double-double with 9.1 rpg. Mileikis adds 5.5 rpg and Berry pitches in 4.6 rpg to St. Joe's' 37.4 rpg performance.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk and SJC will meet for the 33rd time.
- The Rams look to win their third straight meeting with the Monks after taking St. Joe's down in the GNAC Quarterfinals a year ago, 69-65.
- Overall, Suffolk is 6-26 versus Saint Joseph's.
- Under Jeff Juron's leadership, the Rams sit 3-3 against the Monks.
Suffolk heads back to Boston for a Saturday, Feb. 2 showdown versus Colby Sawyer. The Rams' and Chargers' first meeting as conference foes will serve as the blue-and-gold's senior day with the hosts honoring the playing careers of its four-member Class of 2019, Steven DiPrizio, Jim Djema, Michael Hagopian and Kevin Querusio prior to the 3 p.m. tip-off.