by Mary Lakhan

On Thursday evening the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (7-6, 1-0) defeated the defending NEC champions, the Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights, 79-63 at the Pope Physical Education Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Opening conference play, the Knights took a 12-point lead over the Terriers. On a 9-0 run, the Terriers would narrow the lead to three points and in the seventh minute, sophomore guard Stevan Krtinic would tie the game with a good three-point shot (25-25). On a 7-2 run, the Terriers would end the first half with a 38-32 lead.

In the second half, the Terriers took their lead to double digits at 13:58 with a good jumper by freshman guard Rob Higgins. As the Terriers maintained their lead, they would go on to take the game 79-63.

Redshirt junior guard Xzavier Malone-Key led the Knights with 19 points in 37 minutes. He recorded five rebounds and landed four of six free-throw shots.

Junior guard Jahlil Jenkins finished with 16 points in 37 minutes. He also finished with two rebounds and two steals.

Junior forward Elyjah Williams recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes. He also assisted in two baskets.

Senior forward Kaleb Bishop and sophomore Brandon Powell finished with a combined 13 points. Bishop finished with seven points, six rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes. Powell finished with six points and five rebounds in 20 minutes.

For the Terriers, junior guard Chauncey Hawkins led his team with 16 points in 33 minutes. He recorded four rebounds, five assists, three steals and landed nine of 11 free-throw shots.

Senior forward Deniz Celen finished with 14 points in 33 minutes. He also finished with eight rebounds and landed a perfect three shots at the free-throw line.

Graduate guard Unique McLean recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. He also finished with three assists and three blocks.

Freshman guard Rob Higgins tallied 11 points on 28 minutes. He also finished with two rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore guard Stevan Krtinic finished with 10 points in 26 minutes. He also finished with two rebounds and scored two of three attempted three-point shots.

Junior forward Yaradyah Evans and senior forward Milija Cosic finished with a combined 14 points. In 21 minutes, Evans recorded five points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Cosic finished with nine points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

The Terriers will be back in action Thursday, January 9, at Moon Township, PA. They face-off against the Robert Morris Colonials at 7 p.m.

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