by Mary Lakhan
Saturday afternoon inside the Pope Physical Education Center, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Men’s Basketball Team (10-10, 4-4) defeated the Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash by a score of 86-79. The Terriers currently hold seventh place in the NEC Conference with the Red Flash right above in sixth place.
At the beginning of the contest, both teams were going head to head exchanging the lead. On a 7-2 run, the Terriers took the lead 18-13 but on a 5-0 run the Red Flash tied the game 18-18. On a 9-2 run, the Red Flash would take the lead 30-36. Maintaining their lead, they would go on to take the first half 38-42.
Entering the second half, the Terriers immediately went on 6-0 run. Both teams were head to head up until 6:20 when the Terriers took the final lead of the contest. They went on an 8-3 run and later on a 12-7 run to take the contest 86-79.
Top performers from the Red Flash were Isaiah Backmon, Keith Braxton, Myles Thompson, Tyler Stewart, and Deivydas Kuzavas.
Redshirt senior guard Isaiah Blackmon led his team with 24 points in 39 minutes. He recorded six rebounds, one block, two steals, scored four of five attempted three-pointers, and landed four of five free-throws.
Senior guard Keith Braxton finished with 18 points in 37 minutes. He grabbed six rebounds and assisted in five baskets.
Sophomore Myles Thompson finished with 18 points in 33 minutes. he grabbed two rebounds, assisted in one basket and landed two perfect shots at the free-throw line.
Redshirt sophomore guard/forward Tyler Stewart and senior forward/center Deivydas Kuzavas finished with a combined six points. Stewart recorded four points and four rebounds in 24 minutes. Kuzavas recorded two points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in 16 minutes of play.
For the Terriers, top performers were Deniz Celen, Chauncey Hawkins, Unique McLean, and Rob Higgins.
Senior forward Deniz Celen led with 22 points in 27 minutes. He recorded seven rebounds, one assist, three blocks and landed nine of 10 free-throws.
Junior guard Chauncey Hawkins finished with 21 points in 31 minutes. He also finished with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and landed five perfect shots at the free-throw line.
Graduate guard Unique McLean finished with 15 points in 36 minutes. He grabbed seven rebounds, assisted in two baskets, recorded one block and one steal.
Freshman guard Rob Higgins finished with 13 points in30 minutes. He grabbed one rebounds, assisted in two baskets and scored four perfect shots at the free-throw line.
The Terriers will be back in action on Thursday, January 30, as they take on Merrimack at North Andover, Massachusetts. Game tips off at 7 p.m.The Terriers will be back in action on Thursday, January 30, as they take on Merrimack at North Andover, Massachusetts. Game tips off at 7 p.m.