Posted: Nov 10, 2019
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Sean Bryan (Lowell, Mass.) scored 32 points and Hakeem Animashaun (Dedham, Mass.) added a double-double of 22 points, 14 rebounds with four blocks as Salem State defeated the Anna Maria AMCATS 89-76 on the second day of the Babson Invitational at Staake Gymnasuim on Sunday afternoon.
Bryan shot 7-15 (46.7%) and went 16-17 from the free throw line to help Salem State even their record at 1-1 on the year.
Both offenses controlled play in the first half with both teams shooting nearly near 50.0% from the floor with the Vikings converting at a 51.5% (15-29) clip and Anna Maria 48.6% (18-37). Bryan led the scoring with 19 first half points going 4-for-8 from the floor and 9-10 (90.0%) from the fee throw line.
The AMCATS (0-2) jumped out to a 12-3 lead following a Ralph Grasso, Jr. (Marlborough, Mass.) three-pointer. The lead reached 12, 24-12 at the 11:00 minute mark before a 10-2 run by the Vikings cut the deficit to four points after a pair of free throws by Animashaun. Bobby Perette (Marshfield, Mass.), who had 20 first half points helped Anna Maria push the lead back to nine before Salem State closed the half with a 15-6 run to knot the game at 45-all at halftime.
Hakeem Animashaun had 10 points at the break while Alex De La Rosa (Boston, Mass.) added nine off the bench.
The Vikings trailed by nine midway through the second half, 61-52 before storming back behind the hot hand of Jaden Castillo (Lawrence, Mass.), who had 11 points in the second half. A De La Rosa layup tied the game before a Bryan three-point play gave Salem State its first lead 71-68 with just under six minutes remaining.
Salem State kept the advantage the rest of the way, highlighted by a 10-4 spurt capped by a De La Rosa layup.
De La Rosa and Castillo each finished with 15 points as the duo combined for six rebounds, five steals and two blocks. The Vikings ended the game 30-59 (50.8%) from the floor.
Bobby Perette led Anna Maria with 30 points, including six three-pointers while Rapoza finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds. The AMCATS went 9-25 (36.0%) from behind the arc.