NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Behind a double-double from reigning Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Year Jaqhawn Walters the Albertus Magnus Falcons were able to defeat the Cadets on Saturday afternoon by an 85-74 final score in GNAC action.
The Cadets opened up the game against the reigning GNAC Champions on an 8-1 run, of which 5 points came off the hand of freshman Jesse Davis (Woodinville, Wash.) in his first career start. Davis and his fellow starters soon found themselves in foul trouble however, forcing NU to rely on their bench during the first half. Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) poured in 9 points off the bench in the first half, and the defensive unit was able to hold Walters to a mere 4 points. Headed into the locker room after the Falcons closed the half on a 13-5 run, the Cadets trailed by a mere 6 points.
In the second half, the Falcons jumped out to a 14 point lead at one point, thanks in large part to Walters finding his rhythm and pouring in 20 points in the half. Foul troubles continued to plague the Cadets, as Albertus converted 15-18 free throws in the half. Senior Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) poured in 8 points in the last minute of game time, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Falcons who ran away with the 85-74 victory.
The Cadets' bench poured in 34 bench points on the game, led by 12 from Haimes who went 4-6 from 3-point territory. Zygimantas Sirvydas (Silale, Lithuania) matched the 12 points as well as dishing out a team-leading 7 assists and pulling down 3 rebounds. For the Falcons, Walters finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds while teammate Mason Jones collected 24 points as well.
With the loss, the Cadets fall to 1-6 on the year and 0-1 within the GNAC. After a long holiday break, NU will take a trip south for a pair of games in Florida on 29th and 30th of December, before returning home for a GNAC matchup with Saint Joseph's (Maine) on January 6th.