D3 Basketball: USJ Men’s Basketball Continues Its Winning Ways

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The USJ men’s basketball team has won 17-straight contests, dating back to November 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY: Univ. of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation  

Winning one or two games in a row is not an easy task in any sports team, but capturing 17-straight contests is pretty impressive.

The University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball team secured its 17th consecutive victory last night with a 94-57 win over Lasell University. Lasell entered the early week meeting with the Blue Jays undefeated in conference play.

Taelon Martin led the Blue and Gold with 19 points off the bench – he finished 8 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc – while Jordan Powell registered a double-double of 12 rebounds and 10 points to go with five blocks, three assists, and one steal. Jaecee Martin finished Tuesday’s game with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting.

The Blue Jays led the Lasers, 40-19, at the break and then outscored the hosts in the second half, 54-38.

With the win, USJ improved to 18-2 overall and 6-0 against Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) teams.

As of now, USJ appears to be a lock for the top spot in the conference tournament later this month with five games remaining. The Blue Jays could, however, encounter some challenges, especially against Anna Maria College and Emmanuel College. Anna Maria has won four of seven conference tilts this winter, while the Saints are 5-1 against league opponents.

Last season, the Blue Jays advanced to the conference championship but fell to Albertus Magnus, which represented the conference in the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament.

USJ is currently in its second season since the West Hartford, Connecticut school went co-ed in the fall of 2018. The Blue Jays are coached by Jim Calhoun, who earned his 900th win on the sidelines last month.

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