by Mary Lakhan
Thursday evening inside the Pope Physical Education Center, the St. Francis Brooklyn Men’s Basketball Team (11-14, 5-8) were defeated by the Merrimack College Warriors (17-9, 11-2) by a score of 50-60. The Terriers missed their opportunity to beat the number one team in the NEC as they led 34-30 at halftime. However, they collapsed in the second half as they were outscored by the Warriors.
The Terriers still holds eighth place in the NEC. However, they must maintain this position or raise their standing within their remaining five games to move on to the NEC Tournament playoffs.
To start the contest, the Warriors went on a 14-6 run. Immediately after, the Terriers tied the game at 20-20 on a 14-6 run. Both teams went head-to-head thereafter, however, the Terriers took the half 34-30.
Entering the second half, the Terriers extended their lead to 38-30. The Warriors would then set out on a 26-4 run in which they would not only take the lead but a double-digit lead, 42-56. In attempts to come back, the Terriers would go on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 50-58 however Devin Jensen would draw a foul which would send him to the free-throw line to shoot two. The Warriors took the contest 50-60.
Top performers from the Warriors were Devin Jensen, Jaleel Lord, Mikey Watkins, Juvaris Hayes, and Jordan Minor.
Junior guard/forward Devin Jensen top scored with 14 points in 33 minutes. He grabbed nine rebounds, recorded two steals, scored four of five attempted three-pointers, and landed two perfect shots at the free-throw line.
Senior guard Jaleel Lord finished with 11 points in 37 minutes. He also finished with six rebounds, one steal, scored two of seven attempted three-pointers and scored one of four free-throws.
Sophomore guard Mikey Watkins also finished with 11 points in 37 minutes. He grabbed four rebounds, assisted in three baskets, recorded one steal, score one of four attempted three-pointers, and landed two of three shots at the free-throw line.
Senior guard Juvarius Hayes tallied 10 points in 40 minutes. He also tallied six rebounds, eight assists, four steals, and landed four of six shots at the free-throw line.
Freshman forward Jordan Minor finished with 10 points in 11 minutes. He grabbed two rebounds and recorded one block.
From the Terriers, top performers were Unique McLean, Rob Higgins, Deniz Celen, and Yaradyah Evans.
Graduate guard Unique McLean led his team with a double-double in 38 minutes. He recorded 15 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and landed three perfect shots at the free-throw line.
Freshman guard Rob Higgins finished with 10 points in 36 minutes. He also assisted in three baskets and recorded one steal.
Senior forward Deniz Celen tallied 10 points in 35 minutes. He grabbed five rebounds, assisted in five baskets, recorded three blocks and one steal.
Junior forward Yaradyah Evans finished with four points in 15 minutes. He grabbed six rebounds, recorded one block and one steal, and landed two perfect shots at the free-throw line.
The Terriers will be back in action on Tuesday, February 18, as they take on the LIU Sharks in the Battle of Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York. Game tips off at 5 p.m.