Led by 26 points from Darius Watson, Albertus Magnus upset No. 23 Wesleyan (Conn.) 82-73 in the Falcons’ 2012-13 home opener on Sunday.
Watson had a team-high 13 points at the half as he shot 4-of-7 from the field. He then scored 13 more points in the second frame, finishing the contest 50 percent from the field and 7-of-11 from the arc.
The Falcons (2-0) shot just 38.5 percent from the floor in the first half, heading into the break with a two-point advantage at 35-33. Albertus came out of the break with an 11-2 run to take a 46-35 lead less than four minutes into the second frame. The Cardinals (2-2) got to within one at 57-56 with 8:51 to go in regulation before the Falcons put together a 14-4 run in a span of four minutes to extend their lead.
The Falcons hit seven out of 12 attempts from the free-throw line in the final four minutes of play to help secure the victory against their first ranked opponent of the 2012-13 season.
James Jennings and Jefferson Lora both registered double figures for the second game in a row. Jennings finished with 16 points and five assists in 37 minutes of play, while Lora added 10 points and nine rebounds in the win.
Julian Sanders shot 100 percent from the floor, including a 2-of-2 clip from behind the arc. He added two blocked shots and one steal with his nine points.
Mike Callaghan led the Cardinals with a double-double, recording 23 points and 12 rebounds. Callaghan shot 10-of-21 from the field as the Cardinals finished the game shooting 41.4 percent. Both Derick Beresford and Shasha Brown added 17 points apiece for the 23rd-ranked Cardinals.
The Falcons’ largest lead of the game came with 32 seconds on the clock as they took a 13-point lead at 81-68.
In their last 10 games against Wesleyan, the Falcons are now 4-6 against the Cardinals. In the teams’ last meeting on Dec. 2, 2010, the Falcons dropped a 75-70 decision on the Cardinals’ home floor.