by Mary Lakhan

Saturday afternoon at the Spiro Sports Center on Staten Island, the St. Francis Brooklyn Men’s Basketball Team (8-9, 2-3) defeated the Wagner College Seahawks (4-12- 1-4) 69-64.

In the first half, both teams were head to head exchanging the lead ever so often. At the half time mark, the teams were tied at 29-29.

Entering the second half, the Terriers took the lead on a 7-0 run, 36-29. However, with back to back three-pointers, the Seahawks tied the contest at 38-38. On an 11-2 run, the Terriers distanced themselves but yet again the Seahawks would soon equalize 50-50. On a 12-5 run, the Terriers would take the win 69-64.

For the Seahawks, top performers were Alex Morales, Curtis Cobb, and Nigel Jackson.

Junior guard Alex Morales led his team with a high of 25 points in 34 minutes. He grabbed eight rebounds, assisted in two baskets, recorded two blocks, and landed two perfect three-pointers.

Graduate guard Curtis Cobb III finished with 17 points in 36 minutes. He also finished with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, two perfect free-throws and scored three of six attempted three-pointers.

Junior forward Nigel Jackson finished with 15 points in 34 minutes grabbing seven rebounds. He also recorded one block and landed five of 10 attempted three-pointers.

For the Terriers, top performers were Chauncey Hawkins, Unique McLean, and Deniz Celen.

Junior guard Chauncey Hawkins led his team with 20 points in 40 minutes. He grabbed two rebounds, assisted in three baskets, recorded four steals and landed eight of 10 shots at the free-throw line.

Graduate guard Unique McLean finished with a double-double in 37 minutes of play. He recorded 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals, and landed five of six shots at the free-throw line.

Senior forward Deniz Celen finished with 12 points in 28 minutes. He grabbed six rebounds, assisted in three baskets, recorded two blocks and two steals, and landed three of five free-throws.

The Terriers will be back in action on Monday, January 20, at the Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Maryland as they face off against Mount St. Mary’s. Game tips off at 7 p.m.

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