WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES

After Redshirt sophomore guard Glenn Sanabria and the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s basketball team stayed close to their opponent for nearly the entire game Saturday, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley broke the 53-53 tie and surged in the last seven minutes, defeating the Terriers 71-61.

sanabria delaware stateThe Terriers fell to (1-4) and their opponent improved to (2-5).

The Terriers took the lead for most of the first half. UTRGV managed to surpass them in scoring, but only took a two-point lead before freshman guard Rasheem Dunn and Sanabria put them behind again and led the Terriers to a seven-point lead.

UTRGV was able get close to the Terriers again, but a layup by junior forward Darelle Porter gave the Terriers a 29-26 lead at halftime.

The Terriers maintained a short lead for most of the second half, but their opponent did a good job of keeping up, tying them nine times in less than 13 minutes.

With 6:53 left in the game, UTRGV freshman guard Xavier McDaniel Jr. broke the 53-53 tie with a free throw. His teammates followed up with some shots that put their team 10 points ahead of the Terriers by the final buzzer.

Sanabria led the Terriers with a game-high 16 points, three assists and two rebounds. The Redshirt sophomore — who returned from an injury at the the beginning of the season — has led in scoring in four out of the Terriers’ five games this season.

Senior guard Yunus Hopkinson paced the team with another 13 points, two rebounds and one assist.

Dunn – who made 5-for-6 free throws – recorded eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

UTRGV Redshirt junior guard Nick Dixon poured 25 points into his team’s buckets. The 6’2 guard also put forth a total of nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Redshirt sophomore guard Lew Stallworth contributed 20 points, two rebounds and two assists. McDaniel recorded 11 points on 5-for-5 free throw shooting in addition to five rebounds.

The Terriers will head to Providence, Rhode Island Wednesday to take on the (2-4) Brown University Bears.