Lasers dominate Anna Maria on senior day

By Cameron Deniso – 1851 Contributor

L-R Senior Zach Scott, senior EJ Day, senior Liam Jacobs, fifth-year Jonathan Friberg, fifth-year Kevin Vanderhorst, and senior Kevin Nunez are honored for Senior Night just before tip-off. Photo courtesy of Janard Jones.

Six players were honored Friday evening at the Athletic Center, as the Lasers celebrated their senior night with a 99-64 victory over Anna Maria College. Jonathan Friberg, Liam Jacobs, Zach Scott, and 1,000-point-scorers Kevin Vanderhorst, EJ Day, and Kevin Nunez were honored before tip-off. 

If you could script a perfect day for the men’s basketball team, it would’ve been yesterday’s game against Anna Maria. Win on senior day? Check. End a two game losing streak? Check. Dominate the whole game? Check. Five players in double figures? Check. 

In the first two minutes of the game, the teams exchanged baskets with fifth year forward Jonathan Friberg scoring the first two for the Lasers. At the 18:26 mark, the score was 6-4 Anna Maria and that would be the last time Anna Maria would lead. 

What transpired next was a 20-2 run dominated by the Lasers defense where Anna Maria was held scoreless for over seven minutes. Anna Maria was held to only 19 points in the first half and shot 22.5% from the floor while the Lasers shot 53.7% from the floor and the score at halftime was 51-19 Lasell. 

First-year guard Conan Mccusker gave the home team a big boost as he torched the net with 4 threes in the first half and had 12 points, fifth year forward’s Jonathan Friberg added 12, while Kevin Vanderhorst added 11. 

The only question in the second half was how many points the Lasers were going to win by. The lead that was 32 to start the second half grew to 40 with almost 12 minutes to play. After that, the lead never fell below 30. Senior guard EJ Day had 8 points to go along with dishing out 8 assists in the first half, added 9 points in the second half to finish the day as the leading scorer with 17 points. 

The Lasers finished the day shooting 52% from the floor, and had 13 more rebounds and 16 more points in the paint than Anna Maria.

With the win the Lasers move to an overall record of 13-9 and 10-6 in-conference, which currently puts them third in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference standings with two games left. The Lasers final two games are on the road against Regis on February 15 and February 19 at Saint Joseph (Maine).

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