(Nashua, N.H.) The Rivier University Men's Basketball team lost a scrappy affair this evening to visiting Albertus Magnus College, 91-65 inside the Muldoon Gymnasium. The loss sends the Raiders' overall record to 1-12 with a 0-4 mark inside conference play. Albertus Magnus, meanwhile, improve to 8-3 and remain undefeated in the GNAC at 5-0.
It was a back-and-forth battle through the opening 10 minutes as the Raiders held a six-point advantage just five minutes in. Rivier would hold that lead until a pair of free throws with 11 minutes left gave the Falcons the lead for good.
Sophomore Tristian Givens (Windsor, Conn.) was once again the leading scorer for the Raiders as he dropped in 28 points. Freshman Tarik Rivers (Stamford, Conn.) had his best overall game in Raider Blue as he finished with 16 points and seven rebounds while classmate Ian Wade (Windsor Locks, Conn.) had seven points and four rebounds in the loss.
Albertus Magnus got a 20-20 effort from senior Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.) who totaled game-highs of 28 points & 20 rebounds. Three other Falcons registered double-digit scoring efforts in the win. Both junior Ryan Pittman (Stratford, Conn.) and sophomore A'Jen English (Middletown, Del.) had 12-point nights with sophomore Damian Grant (Waterbury, Conn.) providing a 10-point night off the bench.
Next up for Rivier will be another GNAC contest on Saturday afternoon as they host Saint Joseph's College (Me.) in a 3pm game at the Muldoon. Albertus Magnus will also be in conference action on Saturday as they travel to Emmanuel College for a 1pm tip-off.