by Mary Lakhan

Saturday afternoon inside the Pope Physical Education Center, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (10-12, 4-6) fell to the Sacred Heart Pioneers (14-9, 7-3) by a score of 76-83. The Terriers are currently in eighth position while the Pioneers are third in the NEC.

The contest started with the Terriers having a 3-0 deficit. However working their way back they would soon take the lead on a 10-3 run, 10-6. The Terriers maintained their lead through most of the first half but within the last six minutes, the Pioneers went on a 14-0 run bringing the score to 27-34. They would go on to take the first half 34-42.

Entering the second half, the Terriers went on an early 6-2 run, 40-44. Later, on a 7-0 run, they would take the lead 50-48. However, on a 21-8 run the Pioneers would storm back to taking the lead 71-77. They would take the contest with a seven-point lead, 76-83.

Top performers for the Pioneers were Koreem Ozier, Aaron Clarke, E.J. Anosike, Kinnon LaRose, and Jare’l Spellman.

Sophomore guard Koreem Ozier led his team with 18 points in 31 minutes. He grabbed four rebounds, assisted in one basket, recorded one steal, scored three of five three-pointers, and landed three perfect shots at the free-throw line.

Sophomore guard Aaron Clarke finished with 17 points in 35 minutes. He recorded three rebounds, five assists, and landed nine of 12 shots at the free-throw line.

Junior guard/forward E.J. Anosike finished with 16 points in 28 minutes. He recorded eight rebounds, one assist, and landed eight perfect shots at the free-throw line.

Redshirt senior guard Kinnon Larose finished with a double-double in 35 minutes. He recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds, scored four from nine attempted three-pointers, and landed two perfect free-throws.

Redshirt senior forward Jare’l Spellman finished with 10 points in 32 minutes. He grabbed four rebounds, recorded three blocks, and scored four of seven shots at the free-throw line.

For the Terriers, top performers were Deniz Celen, Rob Higgins, Milija Cosic, Chauncey Hawkins, and Unique McLean.

Senior forward Deniz Celen led his team with 17 points in 21 minutes. He grabbed three rebounds, assisted in two baskets, recorded one steal, and landed four perfect shots at the free-throw line. At 3:37 in the second half, Celen was fouled out as he recorded his fifth personal foul.

Freshman guard Rob Higgins finished with 14 points in 32 minutes. He grabbed two rebounds and recorded two steals.

Coming off the bench, senior forward Milija Cosic finished with a career high of 13 points in 26 minutes. He recorded four rebounds and scored three of four free-throws.

Junior guard Chauncey Hawkins finished with 12 points in 40 minutes. He grabbed five rebounds, assisted in seven baskets, recorded one steal, and one block.

Graduate guard Unique McLean finished with 10 points in 39 minutes. He grabbed eight rebounds, assisted in three baskets, recorded three blocks, and scored three of four free-throws.

The Terriers will be back in action on Thursday, February 6, as they take on the Bryant Bulldogs at Smithfield Rhode Island. Game tips off at 7 p.m.

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