NEW HAVEN, Conn. – An historic season that saw the most conference wins in program history and the first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) postseason win ever came to a close on Thursday evening as the fourth seeded Mount Ida College men's basketball team fell 107-68 at top-ranked Albertus Magnus College in the GNAC semifinals.
In their first ever trip to the GNAC second round, Mount Ida (17-10) came up just shy of tying the program record for total wins in a season.
Sophomore Dennis Ross (Portland, Maine) poured in a team-high 17 points off of the Mount Ida bench, shooting an efficient 5-6 from the floor and making seven attempts from the free-throw line.
Junior Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.) recorded a double-double with 23 points and ten rebounds to lead the Falcons, who shot 51.4% from the field and made 27-36 free throw attempts.
The Mustangs hung around with the Falcons early in the contest, erasing a 12-4 deficit and tying the game at 17, but from there a 17-2 run by Albertus helped the host seize control of the game.
By halftime, Albertus had opened up a 48-29 lead, with Shaquille Mitchell (Linden, N.J.) scoring all 16 of his points in the opening 20 minutes.
Ethan Dujon (Warwick, R.I.) scored eight points in the first half on the way to a 15-point performance in his final game as a Mustang. Jesse Nelson (Hopatcong, N.J.) also scored in his last Mount Ida appearance.
The Falcons advantage ballooned to as much as 41 points, with 4:38 to play in the contest as the home team shot nearly 54% in the second half and overall had a 58-30 edge in points in the paint and a 23-7 advantage in second chance points.
Walters helped the Falcons to a 54-35 advantage on the glass, aided as well by nine rebounds from Liam Perryman (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), who added five points and two blocks.
Ross co-led the team with four rebounds, along with Harry Alexander (Washington, D.C.) and Errald Jordine (Stamford, Conn.). Joey DeFillippi (Bristol, Conn.) was the other Mustang in double-figures, with 11 points.
Mitchell dished out a team-high four assists for Albertus, while sophomore guard Ryan Pittman (Stratford, Conn.) scored 13 points and dished out three assists.
Albertus Magnus (22-4) improves to 14-0 at home this season, and will try to keep their perfect streak alive in Saturday afternoon's championship game when they host #2 Lasell College at 1:00 pm.