WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA AND JOE PRATASIEWICZ
Aleksandar Isailovic wins it for the Terriers knocking down a three with 0.7 seconds remaining.
Aleksandar IsailovicFinal- The Terriers pull out a wild one, defeating the Lafayette Leopards 65-62.
Aleksandar Isailovic was the hero on this night. With the game tied 62-62, Isailovic got the ball and proved to have ice in his veins, knocking down the game winning three pointer which gave the Terriers a 65-62 lead and ultimately the win.
Watch the final few seconds here http://youtu.be/lSFrPG5BWCY
This game was certainly a tale of two halves. The Terriers came out in the second half looking very sharp, they went on a early 15-2 run over the first 6 minutes. They got off to a poor start in the first half, but they were able to find a groove from the opening seconds of the second half.
They were led by Jalen Cannon who scored a team high 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds on the evening. Cannon could not be stopped, he was an absolute monster in the paint as the Leopards had no answer for him.
It was nice to see the Terrier offensive find its form as it was nonexistant in the first half. They made some nice adjusments, getting Cannon some high percentage shots and they were able to turn offense into defense. They were able to force turnovers that led to easy fastbreak points.
A key to victory for the Terriers tonight was grabbing a whooping 19 offensive rebounds. Which proved to be a difference in the game as they were able to capitalize on the second chance opportunities.
The Terriers continue to play a physical brand of basketball on the defensive end. Their defensive scheme and effort is the reason they are in every game.
Lafayette’s Bryce Scott put on a show tonight as he scored a season high 35 points shooting 10-17 from the field and 11-12 from the free throw line. He went for 22 in the first half.
The Terriers were able to slow him down in the second half as they had the much bigger and more physical forward Kevin Douglas guard him.
With Lafayette’s top scorer out Scott was able to step up big time, putting the team on his back and almost leading them to victory.
This win puts the Terriers at 7-5 on the season, moving them into a tie for first with Bryant.
What to watch for going forward for the Terriers is how long will senior guard Ben Mockford be out for as he is dealing with a back injury which caused him to miss the last two games.
The Terriers take on the N.J.I.T Highlanders at home on Monday Dec. 23rd. This is a big game as it marks their first conference matchup of the season.
Halftime- At the end of the first half the Terriers trail 34-30 to the Lafayette Leopards.
It has been a lack lustered first half for the Terriers as they have yet to find any sort of offensive continuity.
The Terriers have shot 29.6% from the field, and 10-16 from the free throw line. Adding to their offensive struggles they have turned the ball over a total of 8 times.
Despite the Terriers poor offensive performance in the first half they are still very much alive as they are only down by 4.
The Terriers must find an answer for Lafayette’s sophmore guard Bryce Scott as he has just picked apart the Terriers defense scoring 22 points while shooting 80% from the field.
Scott has been the Leopards only source of offense as the rest of the team has shot a combine 3-11 from the field.
The Terriers have looked good on the defensive side of the ball, despite Scott having a big first half. They also have controlled the battle of the boards grabbing a total of 19 rebounds.
If the Terriers want this game they need to find some rhythm on the offensive side of the ball. Guys like Jalen Cannon and Sheldon Hagigal must step up as they are only shooting a combine 2-11 from the field.
Some things to note is Lafayette’s junior guard Seth Hinrich has been sidelined with a left knee injury.
Preview – The Terriers come into tonights matchup coming off a very nice 67-51 win over the Canisius Golden Griffins.
Their opponent this evening will be the Lafayette Leopards who come into the game with a 4-5 record and riding a four game winning streak.
With a win tonight for the Terriers they would be tied for first in the NEC with Bryant.
What to watch for is the play of Terriers freshman Wayne Martin and Sheldon Hagigal, who both have taken the NEC by storm with their outstanding play.
The Terriers must contain Lafayette’s junior guard Seth Hinrichs.
Hinrich is averaging 20.2 ppg along with 5.7 rpg while shooting 47.2% from behind the arc. His 46.1 career three point percentage is highest in Patriot league history.