NEWTON, Mass. – Armin Omanovic (Wilkesboro, N.C.) scored 35 points and Tim Blair (Newington, Conn.) had a career high 31 points as Lasell College beat Mount Ida 95-83 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's basketball action on Tuesday night at Lasell Athletic Center, ending Mount Ida's six game winning streak while winning their third straight game and improving to 6-0 in the GNAC.
The streak for Mount Ida (8-5, 4-2 GNAC) was the longest in the GNAC era of the program. The Mustangs were led by 21 points from Ethan Dujon (Warwick, R.I.), who is closing in on the 1,000 point mark.
It was the fifth time this year that Omanovic, who was 16-18 from the free throw line and had a team-high nine assists, has scored 30+ points this year, and he passed the 1,000 point plateau for his career, including his time at Divison 2 Pfeiffer University.
A back and forth start to the game saw Blair hit a three-point jump shot with 9:27 left in the first half to put the Lasers in front 26-24, and from there the Mustangs led just once, 40-38 after a triple by Errald Jordine (Stmaford, Conn.), who had 14 points and a team-high five rebounds in the loss.
Derek McMahon (Hatfield, Mass.) answered with a three-of his own for Lasell, who shot 44.4% from long range in the first half and 43.3% for the game, while outshooting the Mustangs 50% to 40% from the field and taking 18 more free throws.
Omanovic on his own outproduced the Mustangs (14-17) from the charity stripe.
Lasell (9-4) went to the locker room with a 47-42 lead, and Mount Ida was left chasing the game in the second half, but Omanovic closed with 23 points in the final twenty minutes.
Guard Jayson Clark (Austin, Texas) had 17 points for Mount Ida, and he cut the deficit to two points with a layup with 5:26 to play before a Jordine triple got the margin to one, 74-73.
Blair answered with a three of his own, and Omanovic scored the next five points. Blair hit another three pointer and then made all three foul shots after being fouled on a triple attempt to erase any hopes of a comeback after the Mustangs had cut the lead back to four.
Senior John Powell (Ashland, Mass.) was also in double-figures for the Lasers, with 14 points, three assists, six rebounds and two blocks, while Blair led all players with ten rebounds for a double-double, along with a game-high three steals.
The Mustangs are back on their home court on Thursday at 5:00 pm to play host to Emmanuel, the second meeting between the two squads this year, with Mount Ida earning a convincing 92-56 win in Boston on November 29th.
Lasell heads to Johnson & Wales the same night for a 7:00 pm contest against the Wildcats.