PAXTON, Mass. – Saint Joseph’s College (2-3, 1-0 GNAC) defeated Anna Maria College (0-6, 0-1 GNAC), 61-54, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball action on Tuesday evening.
Saint Joseph’s trailed by four (53-49) with 7:05 left in the second half but erased the deficit – and then some – with a 15-1 run spanning the remainder of the contest en route to securing a 61-54 triumph in what was the 2016-17 conference-opener for both programs.
Sophomore guard Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) was 5-8 from downtown and 7-10 overall with a game-high 19 points in just 18 minutes on the court.
For Anna Maria, freshman Mike Rapoza (Charlton, Mass.) posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Malik Forouzan (Houston, Texas) came off the bench to net eight points with four rebounds.
A Jean-Louis three-pointer with 8:43 left to play was the last field goal made by the AMCATS in the contest – Anna Maria was 0-6 from the floor and 1-5 from the FT line in the closing minutes.
The Monks were 4-6 on free-throw attempts, the fewest freebies made and attempted in a contest this season.
St. Joe’s connected for 11 three-pointers in tonight’s victory – the most drained by the team this season and highest downtown tally since the Monks made 12 in an 80-71 win over Rivier University on February 9th, 2016.