Rams recap: Lasell defeats Suffolk men in basketball
It was a tough night for the Rams at Regan Gymnasium as they saw the Lasers of Lasell College come into Suffolk’s home environment and take off during the second half to win the game in a dominating fashion, 88-65. Suffolk University came into the game with a 4-11, having lost six out of their last eight, with the most recent loss coming against Saint Joseph’s 62-56. Lasell came into the game 11-4 and undefeated in the GNAC conference, at 8-0. They started out the season losing their first three games and then went on a tear of winning their last 11 out of 12 games.
Suffolk competed with Lasell in the first half, as early on it was a back and forth scoring affair. After Suffolk senior center Matt Duquette was fouled driving to the hoop and made the basket, but seemed to be clapping towards one of Lasell’s players and that was enough for referee Steven Shorter to give Duquette a technical foul. Both teams picked up the intensity and played with a lot of energy after the technical foul. Lasell lead at the half 44-38.
The second half was a whole different story.
The Lasers caught fire and never looked back as they came out looking to dominate Suffolk.
Lasell’s junior guard Armin Omanovic was the game’s high scorer with 23 points. He also had five rebounds and four assists. The Ram’s defense could not stop Omanovic getting into the paint, as he seemed to get to the basket with ease, shooting 8-13 on field goals for the game. Lasell’s senior center Pat Marchand had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The player that separated Lasell from Suffolk in the second half was sophomore-shooting expert Scott Arsenault. Lasell shot 53 percent from three in this game and Arsenault was a big part of it as he went six for seven from down town.
One play that killed Suffolk’s momentum was when Lasell’s senior guard Richard O’Brien passed the ball through his legs to a trailing Arsenault who hit his three and the Laser’s bench went crazy as they were the loudest fans in Regan Gymnasium. Lasell kept shooting the ball lights out from three and soon lead the game 72-47 with 10 minutes left to go in game. Both team’s took out their starters for the final five minutes as they game was out of reach for Suffolk.
Suffolk head coach Jeff Juron talked about his team’s fourth straight loss, “Obviously disappointed there with the second half. I thought we came out and competed well in the right way for the first half and didn’t do that in the second.”
Juron also referenced their high three point shooting percentage and disadvantage in rebounds ( 49-30 in favor of Lasell), “Yeah that’s part of it. That’s part of being outworked and outcompeted. And it’s something that we’ve addressed and obviously something we need to continue to address.”
Suffolk now sits at 4-12 overall, and 2-7 in the GNAC Conference which is good for eighth place. The Ram’s will next suit up and host Anna Maria (9-7 overall, 5-4 GNAC) in a conference battle this Saturday, January 23rd.