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Senior guard Yunus Hopkinson scored a career-high 28 points as the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s basketball team defeated the Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins 69-51 Wednesday night.
“I honestly wasn’t thinking about it, but personally I mean it’s good,” Hopkinson said of his new record in a post-game interview.
The defeat over the Division III team improved the Terriers to (2-7) as the opponent fell to (1-5).
After falling behind by as many as eight points early in the first half, Redshirt sophomore guard Glenn Sanabria’s three-pointer 8:06 before halftime gave the Terriers an 18-16 advantage.
“In the first half we slacked a little bit,” freshman forward Robert Montgomery told SFC Today. “We didn’t come out with the right intensity, the right focus.”
Despite a quick six-point lead by the Terriers, the visiting team was able to stay close for the rest of the half. The Terriers led 25-24 at halftime.
“You can’t shoot 17 percent in the first half when you’re not guarding on top of them,” Head Coach Glenn Braica said.
After returning from the half, the Terriers took the lead early on until a jumper by junior guard Andrew Curiel put the Dolphins in the lead, which they were able to maintain for the next four minutes.
Sanabria then tied the game 35-35 with a fastbreak layup and put his team in the lead with a free throw. The Terriers remained in the lead for the rest of the game.
Braica explained that even though the opponent was a Division III team, they were tough to play.
“They make you play,” Braica told SFC Today. “It’s not just a walk off, so that’s good, they did a good job and it teaches these guys.”
In addition to his new career high, Hopkinson gave the Terriers 10 rebounds and four assists.
Montgomery recorded 10 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and one assist.
Freshman guard Rasheem Dunn accumulated 13 points and five rebounds. Sanabria racked up 10 points and six rebounds.
Curiel’s double-double paced the Dolphins during their successful moments. The 6’5 junior led with a game-high 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Senior guard Myron Hickman and junior guard/forward Matthew Sowah added 10 points each.
The men will travel to Buffalo Saturday to take on the Canisius College Griffins. The teams will tip off in the Koessler Athletic Center at 2 pm.