WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA
Men’s Basketball: The Terriers pick up a much needed victory knocking off the Sacred Heart Pioneers 83-78.
Final: After back to back losses, the Terriers go on the road a pick up a huge win over Sacred Heart. The man of the night was Junior guard Brent Jones, he stole the show for the Terriers this evening by putting together a career game.
Jones had the game of his career and there was no better way to do it then on live television as this game was aired on the MSG Network for all of the Metropolitan area to see. Jones has elevated his level of play over the last six games getting better and better in each one, but tonight was the best one of them all. He finished with a career and game high 28 points on 9-13 shooting from the field and he was perfect from the free throw line shooting 8-8.
To go along with his career high of 28 points he was able to get his teammates involved as he dished out 8 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds as well. The most glaring stat of them all was that like the previous games he has limited the turnovers to a minimal. Tonight he only turned the ball over once which is so impressive when you take into consideration how often the ball was in his hands.
Brent Jones has become the Terriers floor general and tonight was a culmination of all the hardwork that he has put in to get to this point of his career. He was able to do whatever he wanted on the floor whether it was drive to the basket, pull up from three, or dish it off to a teammate. Jones was able to break down the Pioneers defense as they proved to be no match for him.
The Terriers came out in this ball game looking to build a lead early and they went ahead and did that. They were up by as many as 13 in the first half and held a double digit lead for a majority of the second half. Jones may have played the role of Batman on this night, but Junior forward Jalen Cannon played a pretty awesome Robin. Cannon who is the teams leading scorer, scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds on the night.
Cannon went for 13 in the first half as he got off to a very quick start knocking down a couple of long three pointers and converting on a few layups. Cannon has been so consistent all season long that these numbers are expected for him. He showed his dominance in the paint as he made it very difficult for just one guy to guard him, he also showed off his much improved jump shot as he knocked down a pair of three pointers.
If the three ball can become more of a dynamic source of offense for Cannon teams better watch out because it is going to get very difficult defending him one on one, as we saw tonight. He will make opponents come out to guard him due to the ability to shoot the three ball and when they do come out to guard him he can take the ball to the hoop and score inside which is where he is most effective.
These two guys came together on many occassions this evening finding one another with great passes, they combined for a total of 49 out of the teams 83 points on the evening. Clearly the Pioneers defense was no match at all because Jones and Cannon had their way with them early and often.
Senior guard Ben Mockford scored 10 points, all of which came in the second half where he was able to hit a couple of three pointers. Mockford shot 3-7 from the field this evening and 2-6 from three. Freshman guard Sheldon Hagigal provided a nice boost off the bench for the Terriers as he scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in tonight’s game.
Also providing quality minutes off the bench was Sophomore forward Amdy Fall. Fall scored 4 points all of which came from the free throw line, but he brings an aspect to the game that is not seen very often. Tonight we got to see how good of a defender Fall is, he was able to block 4 shots on the night and alter several others. He is proving to be a force in the paint and players think twice about coming his way due to his shot blocking capaility.
The Sacred Heart Pioneers played a very good game put fell just a bit short. They did some very nice things on the offensive side of the ball as they were able to shoot 44.8% from the field as a team. They were led by Junior guard Evan Kelley, who made his return from injury tonight. Kelley scored a team high 20 points off the bench on 7 of 13 shooting. Kelley was one of five Pioneers to score in double figures this evening.
Freshman forward De’von Barnett put together a solid game he scored 12, shooting 5-11 from the field and pulled down 6 rebounds. Both Senior forward Louis Montes and Junior guard Chris Evans were able to score 11 points each on the night.
The Pioneers faught hard in this one but the play of Brent Jones, Jalen Cannon and the rest of the Terriers cast proved to be too much for them to overcome. They showed signs of fight as they cut the lead to as little as 3, with 2:29 to play in the game but were never able to jump ahead of the Terriers.
Tonight’s win puts the Terriers at (13-9, 4-3 NEC) on the season. This was a much needed win for them as they need to keep pace with the rest of the teams in their conference. Tonight was a step back in the right direction, they must build off this nice performance and translate it into momentum for their next game.
The Terriers are back in action on Saturday February, 1st when they take on the Wagner Seahawks at 5 PM on their home court. What to watch for in this game is what can Brent Jones do as an encore? It will certainly be hard to top, but do not be shocked if Jones puts together another huge game.
Halftime: The Terriers have come out tonight looking very hungry for a victory and they are well on their way to one. They must continue to control the tempo of play like they have here in the first half.
The story of the game so far for the Terriers is the Cannon and Jones show. Referring to Junior forward Jalen Cannon and Junior guard Brent Jones who have both dominated the first half of play. They have combined for 28 of the teams 39 points, Jones has led the way for the Terriers with 15 points on 5-6 shooting. Cannon is not far behind with 13 points, shooting 5-9 from the field.
Coming into this matchup both Cannon and Jones were players to certainly watch for and they both have capitalized on their scoring opportunities. Jones has been able to break down the Pioneers defense and get into the paint to hit some layups and draw some fouls. Jones is 4-4 from the free throw line this evening and he continues to be a bright spot for the Terriers. Expect Jones to build off of his strong first half start.
Jalen Cannon has been the man all year for the Terriers, he is adding to his 1,000 point plateau with another excellent performance tonight. He is not just doing it from the inside which he is well known for, but he is knocking down the three ball as he is 2-3 from behind the arc. If Cannon can continue to add the three ball to his repertoire, he will become a nightmare for the opposition.
The Terriers led in this one by as many as 13 points, but the Pioneers were able to cut into that lead with some quality play from Junior guard Evan Kelley who has provided a spark for this team off the bench. Kelley is the leading scorer for the Pioneers with 8 points so far this evening. Freshman forward De’von Barnett also has had a pretty solid first half scoring 7 points of his own.
If the Terriers can continue their excellent play in the first half, they should have no issues walking out with the victory tonight. Look for Senior guard Ben Mockford to get it going he has been held scoreless in the first half on 0-2 shooting. Also Freshman guard Sheldon Hagigal had a nice first half coming off the bench with 5 points.