by Mary Lakhan
Wednesday evening at the Pope Physical Education Center, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (7-9, 1-3) fell to the Long Island University Sharks (8-9, 3-1), 66-69.
Currently, the Terriers are lying near the bottom of the league as they are ranked ninth. The Terriers must improve their standing to make the playoffs.
The contest began with Unique McLean and Deniz Celen scoring a combined 14 points to give the Terriers a 14-6 lead. On a 7-0 run, the Sharks would cut the lead down to two, 23-21. At 7:12, Rob Higgins with a three-pointer took the Terriers into a double-digit lead, 31-21 as they went on to take the first half, 39-29.
Coming into the second half, the Sharks on a 27-9 run took control of the game, 50-59. In attempts to retake the lead, the Terriers went on a 13-4 run equalized in the sixth minute of play, 63-63. However, the Sharks would again take the lead securing the win 66-69.
Top performers for Sharks were Raiquan Clark, Julian Batts, Tyrn Flowers, Virshon Cotton, and Jashaun Agosto.
Redshirt senior guard/forward Raiquan Clark led his team with a high of 17 points in 38 minutes. He also grabbed four rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
Senior guard Julian Batts finished with 15 points in 23 minutes. He grabbed one rebound, assisted in two baskets, landed two perfect free-throws and scored three of five three-pointers.
Redshirt junior forward Ty Flowers recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He also recorded two assists, two blocks, three steals and landed three of five rebounds in 33 minutes.
Redshirt sophomore Virshon Cotton finished with 10 points in 33 minutes of play. He also grabbed three rebounds and recorded two steals.
Senior guard Jashaun Agosto tallied six points in 34 minutes. He grabbed eight rebounds, five assists, and one steal.
The Terriers fought a good fight with three players scoring double-digits, two of which recorded double-doubles.
Senior forward Deniz Celen recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He also assisted in two baskets, recorded three blocks and one steal in 31 minutes of play.
Freshman guard Rob Higgins also finished with 20 points in 31 minutes of play. He also grabbed two rebounds and scored a lonesome free-throw.
Graduate guard Unique McLean also recorded a double-double. He recorded 15 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and three steals in 40 minutes of play.
Junior guard Chauncey Hawkins and junior forward Yaradyah Evans finished with a combined eight points. Hawkins finished with four points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 35 minutes. Evans finished with four points, nine-rebound, and one steal in 26 minutes.
The Terriers will be back on the court on Saturday, January 18, as they face off against Wagner at Staten Island, NY. Game tips off at 4 p.m.