Hounds drop two and win one in recent games against AIC, SCSU and Pace
Assumption Men’s Basketball keeps moving forward despite challenges.
On January 24, the Assumption College men’s basketball team suffered an 85-73 loss to American International College in an NE-10 match-up, in which the Hounds were the clear underdog against the number one ranked Yellow Jackets. The Hounds suffered a rough first half, even trailing by up to 20 points at different points in the first half.
In a huge second half surge led by junior Karl Ziegler, sophomores Kamali Bey and Marcus Murray, the Hounds cut AIC’s lead to 6 points late in the second half, although the Hounds were never able to take the lead. AIC was led by their two lead guards, Bobby Harris and Cameron Dobbs who respectively combined for 50 points on the night.
Ziegler led the Hounds with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Bey followed with 17, and Murray 13.
“AIC played a fast paced game that we weren’t use to, we came close but just couldn’t overcome them and take the lead,” said junior Terrance Bobb-Jones.
Assumption bounced back from their loss to AIC with a solid evening win over Pace on January 29. The Hounds dominated most of that game, leading by 11 at the end of the first half.
They stretched their lead to 19 midway through the second half after a 9-0 run.
The Hounds had players in double digits, once again led by Ziegler with 17, Bobb-Jones with 11 and Julian Aiken with 10. Aiken stepped into a starting role with the team’s leading scorer, Kamali Bey, sitting out and had a game-high 7 assists as well.
“ Julian really matured that game and showed that he can be a very efficient, tough guard for us, which we really need,” said Assistant Coach Dan Wendt.
Kyle Pearson led the Settlers with 19 points and 6 rebounds while Shelton Mickell and Khalil Brown combined for 31 points and were the team’s only other scorers in double-digits.
“Our team has been competing hard every night,” said Head Coach Matt Mahar.
“We have been improving throughout the season and gaining valuable close game experience. We played great in stretches vs. AIC and had a good all around game against Pace,” Mahar continued. “It’s great to see the chemistry building and the team improving as we gain some momentum to play a very good team in Southern Connecticut.”
Assumption played Southern Connecticut on January 31, when they lost 92-81 in double overtime. They will be back in action on February 4, when they travel to Stonehill.