Joseph Chatman's three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Lesley University Men's Basketball team over Suffolk University, 93-90 at Suffolk's Regan Gymnasium Wednesday night.
Chatman finished the game with 24 points on 9-12 shooting. His buzzer beater was his only three-point attempt of the night. Chatman also added seven assists. Suffolk was led by an impressive 32 point performance from senior leader John Murphy (North Reading, MA). Murphy was 9-20 from the field, 5-10 from the three-point line and 9-10 from the free-throw line. He also had five assists in the contest.
The game was a back and forth contest with Suffolk leading 90-88 after a Chris MacDonald (Brewster, MA) jumper with 1:39 remaining. MacDonald had 13 points and five rebounds on 5-8 shooting (2-3 3pt. FG). Lesley's Mark Stevens responded with a big two to tie the game at 90-90 with 1:11 remaining, setting up Chatman's game-winner.
The two teams were tied at 84-84 before Suffolk's freshman guard Alan Jaziri (Norwich, CT) drilled a three to give the Rams an 87-84 lead with 3:22 left in the game. Lesley still managed to force an 88-88 tie. Jaziri finished his night with 13 points on 5-8 shooting.
Lesley led 80-73 with under 10 minutes to go. However, the Rams exploded for a 9-0 run to take an 82-80 lead with 6:49 remaining. Brian Small (Stoughton, MA) who finished the game with 26 and six rebounds on 10-15 shooting had seven of his teams' nine points during the run.
After taking a 56-50 lead into the second half, Lesley got off to a quick start in the second half as they jumped out to a 63-50 advantage with a mini 7-2 run in the first two minutes of the half. The Rams responded with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to seven one minute later.
Lesley also received a good effort from Stanley Chamberlain as he finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Chamberlain was 4-6 from the field and a perfect 2-2 from beyond the arc. Malcolm Andrews also chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds on 5-8 shooting.
Lesley improved to 8-10 overall with the win, while the Rams fell to 6-13 on the season.
By Philip Camara
Suffolk Sports Information Intern