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Rams Power Through Mount Ida, 84-74

Matt PowersComing off a 69-66 victory at Rivier, the Suffolk men’s basketball team came home to Regan Gymnasium and defeated Mount Ida 84-74 Saturday afternoon, improving their record to 7-11 (5-6 GNAC).

The Rams came out flat in the first half making numerous mental errors resulting in 13 first half turnovers and 10 personal fouls.

Senior Captain, Matt Pepdjonovic kept the Rams in the game during the opening half with his stellar defense, rejecting two shots and pulling down three key rebounds. The 6’7’’ forward ended the day absolutely stuffing the stat sheet with 11points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals.

Mount Ida and the Rams traded the lead back and fourth all through the first half. With a little over 2:30 left in the opening half, Mount Ida went on a 5-0 run going into the locker room with momentum and a 33-28 lead at the half.

Five minutes into the second half, Suffolk began to show life. Pepdjonovic threw down a momentum-changing dunk, putting the Rams within two points (44-42) and opening the floodgates for the rest of his team.

After that, it turned into the Matt Powers and Colin Halpin show as they erupted for a combined 34 second half points on 69% shooting from the field.

Using his size, the 6’8’’ Powers was able to shoot over defenders with tremendous success, shooting 80% from long range. Halpin, also a team captain, was exceptionally effective scoring in the paint, getting to the line and cashing in on the easy free throw points.

Once the Rams regained the lead at 51-50 with 12:30 left to play, they refused to look back. Halpin and Powers lit it up down the stretch and when Pepdjonovic threw down a spectacular put-back slam, the entire Regan Gymnasium exploded so load that 10 West could hear it.

The game was sealed up by an Adam Chick steal with 37 seconds left in the game.

“We had no heart, we just didn’t play, so guys rallied” said Rams head coach Adam Nelson after the game. “I think we are a pretty good team, we are a talented team, but if we don’t come out to play we are not very good. We got lucky tonight.”

In regards to Powers and Halpin’s monster second halves, Coach Nelson said, “Powers has been unbelievable the last two of games…Halpin scores inside as good as anyone at this level.”

Coach finished by saying that this Rams team has tremendous firepower and when everyone is focused and on the same page, they can play with anyone in the conference.

The Rams will try to make it four in a row when they travel to Paxton, MA on Monday to play another GNAC game against the 11-7 Anna Maria Amcats.

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