PAXTON, Mass. – Anna Maria downed No. 19 Albertus Magnus 97-88 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action on Monday at The Fuller Activities Center. Anthony Click, Bradley Peterson and Joseph Barillo made major contributions, teaming up to score 61 points combined. With the upset win, Anna Maria’s record improved to 9-7 on the year and 7-2 in the GNAC. Albertus received its first loss in conference play, dropping to 10-1 in the GNAC and 15-2 overall.
Click played a well-rounded first half, scoring nine points and grabbing three boards while dishing out five assists. Forward Bradley Peterson played a major role in keeping the game close, scrambling for rebounds on both sides of the court and knocking down key jump shots on his way to nine points and four rebounds in the first half.
Darius Watson, a junior guard for the Falcons, led both teams with 10 first half points and four rebounds. Senior guard Arshad Jackson scored eight points on 3-5 shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Lemar Larsen and senior guard James Economopolous each contributed seven points to the Albertus Magnus’ effort.
AMCATS’ freshman Tyler Delorey also had a significant impact in the first period, single handedly pulling in eight rebounds in the first half and leading Anna Maria to a 25-18 advantage off of the glass. He ended up finishing with five points, but led the team with 10 rebounds. Despite the rebounding advantage, the Falcons still went in to the locker room at the half leading 43-42 after shooting 51.9 percent from the field.
The Falcons’ James Jennings opened up the second half with a basket. However, Anna Maria’s Peterson responded with six of the next eight AMCATS points to tie the match at 50 with 16 minutes to play. The teams traded baskets during the next few minutes and when Peterson dunked at 13:28 the game was tied for the eighth time at 58.
Anna Maria pushed the lead to five at 68-63 when Hugh Daye hit Barillo crosscourt for the layup with 10:29 on the clock. Upset with a defensive foul, Albertus’ head coach Mitch Oliver received his second technical of the game and was ejected at 8:22 with his team down 72-70. Albertus Magnus knotted the game at 81 with a Julian Sanders jumper. Three quick baskets by Click, Bristol and Barillo put the AMCATS ahead 87-81.
Sophomore guard Hugh Daye finished the game with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Click stuffed the stats with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on 9-15 shooting. Peterson ended with a strong 20 points and nine assists and Barillo dropped 19 points and grabbed 6 boards.