Bears Fall to Albertus in Opener

NEW HAVEN, CONN.--(11/15/11)--Senior Ray Askew led all scorers with 40 points to go with his game-high 16 rebounds as Albertus Magnus beat Coast Guard 86-75 in the season opener for both teams.

Freshman David Anderson led five Bears in double figures with 15 points while junior Greg Marshall (14), sophomore Kevin Sowers (13), junior Jimmy Knudsen (11) and sophomore Devonte Weems (11) also scored in double figures for the Bears.

Anderson and Knudsen led Coast Guard with eight rebounds each while Sowers led the way with six assists and three steals.

Sophomore Darius Watson also scored in double figures as he netted 20 points, while shooting 8-for-16 from the floor. He added eight rebounds as well.

Albertus (1-0) opened tonight's contest with a 10-3 run in the first 2:14 before extending its lead to 13 with three minutes to go in the first half. During the early run, Askew scored all 10 points for the Falcons as Arshad Jackson assisted on each of his buckets. Jackson finished the night with a team-best eight assists.

Askew scored 21 of his 40 points in the first half as he shot 8-for-10 from the floor in the opening frame. The senior also grabbed eight boards in the first frame, in 14 minutes played.

The Falcons went into the halftime break with a 52-39 advantage before Coast Guard came out in the second half and outscored the home team 36-34.

The Bears opened the second half with a 15-6 run to cut the Albertus lead to four with 14:30 on the clock. With help from Watson and Askew, the Falcons pushed their lead back up to 13 with less than nine minutes to go in the contest. Under the three-minute mark, Albertus took a 15-point lead and never looked back.

Askew shot 11-for-14 from the free throw line in the second half alone, while finishing the night 14-for-19 on the charity stripe. The Falcons also scored 27 points off 21 Coast Guard turnovers, while outrebounding the Bears 47-35.

The Falcons shot 55.3 percent from the floor in the first half (21-38) and finished 43.5 percent (30-69), just six of 26 from three-point range.

Coast Guard shot 46 percent from the field in the game (29-63) while hitting four of 12 from behind the arc. The Bears shot 53.3 percent in the second half (16-30).