WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
The St. Francis Brooklyn men’s basketball team fell to the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 86-85, at the Strais Arena on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Hackensack, New Jersey. Jalen
Malachi Nix hit a pair of free throws with 3.6 seconds left to put the Knights ahead.
FDU (7-12, 3-2 NEC) opened the half with five straight points to go ahead 51-48.
SFBK ( 12-8, 3-2 NEC) jumped back ahead, 52-51, with a pair of foul shots from sophomore Amdy Fall and freshman Sheldon Hagigal.
The Knights then used a 6-0 rally to go back ahead 57-52.
The Terriers used a 9-0 run, sparked by seven points by junior Jalen Cannon, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds, to go back ahead 61-57.
The Knights were able to cut the Terrier lead to one, ¬66¬-65, but a Wayne Martin capped a SFBK rally with a lay-up to go up 73-66.
FDU came right back with a 7-0 run of their own to knot the game at 73.
St. Francis jumped right back a head on a lay-up by Hagigal, who had 18 points, and a tip-in by junior Lowell Ulmer.
With the Terriers ahead 79-77, Cannon scored his 1,000th career point on a feed from junior Brent Jones, who had 10 assists, to put SFBK up 81-77.
Cannon continued his great day when he slammed the ball home to put SFBK up 85-79.
But the Knights wouldn’t go away. Mustafaa Jones hit a three pointer to cut the SFBK lead to three, 85-82.
Then Sidney Sanders Jr. hit a lay-up to make it a one point game.
Hagigal had a shot to put the Terriers up three but missed a pair of free throws for the Terriers, who started the game 24-24 from the line but finished 2-8.
This set up Nix to win the game for the Knights.
St. Francis held a 48-46 lead going in the half.
Senior Ben Mockford scored the first five points for the Terriers to give them an early 5-2 advantage.
The Knights then responded with an 8-0 run, led by a pair of threes from senior Mathias Seilund, to go up 10-8.
With FDU ahead 22-17, St. Francis used a jumper by junior Kevin Douglas and a pair of foul shots from Hagigal to make it 22-21.
But the Knights used a 7-0 run, to go ahead 29-21.
FDU kept a three to five point lead until fr Martin completed a three point play to cut the lead to 38-37.
After a Scooter Gillette tip-in, Hagigal connected on a three pointer to tie the game at 40.
Mockford, who lead all scorers with 14 points in the first half, hit a three to break a 42 all game.
After the Knights scored four straight, Mockford hit another trey to put the Terriers up 48-46.
The first half saw both teams shoot over 50 percent from the floor, SFBK 53.6 %, FDU 51.5 %.
The Terriers continue NEC play on Saturday when they head to Bryant to play the Bulldogs.