Nov 17, 2018
DANBURY, CT – Junior guard Ronald Jefferson (Brooklyn, NY) scored a team-high 21 points to go along with a game-high four steals as the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team fell to visiting non-league foe Albertus Magnus College, 84-79, in the championship game of the Colonial Classic on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, WestConn dropped to 2-2 overall, while the Falcons took home the tourney crown, improving to 3-1.
Senior guard Aaron Samuel (Stratford, CT) added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Colonials, while classmate forward Rashard Rodriguez (Trumbull, CT) chipped in with nine points.
Sophomore guard Tyreek Perkins (New Haven, CT) paced Albertus Magnus with a game-high 28 points and seven boards which included a 4-for-5 showing from beyond the arc. Junior guard Jahmerikah Green-Younger (Norwalk, CT) notched 17 points while rookie center Rayshawn Brewer (New Haven, CT) contributed seven points and pulled down a game-high 10 off the glass for the Falcons.
The visitors would shoot a staggering 8-for-15 (53.3%) on three-point attempts in the first half en route to a 45-41 halftime lead.
The Colonials knotted the count at 50-50 early in the second when Jefferson knocked down a pair of free throws. WestConn would finish 14-of-17 (82.4%) from the line in the stanza.
Albertus Magnus responded with a 9-0 spurt capped with rookie guard Davon Warner's (New Haven, CT) trifecta. WestConn would trim the advantage to 76-72 when sophomore reserve Legend Johnson (Waterbury, CT) sank a pair from the charity stripe with 1:06 remaining.
However, the Falcons would knock down eight free throws in the final minute of play while Jefferson buried a 35-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to round the scoring out at 84-79.
"The guys played hard and that's all we can ask of them," stated WestConn first-year head coach Charles "Guy" Rancourt. "Albertus Magnus, Bowdoin and Worcester State are talented teams and we're thankful to have them join us for this year's Colonial Classic," he added.
WestConn has the following week off before returning to action at Elms College on November 26 at 7 p.m.