WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers concluded their Florida Trip, with a 59-57 win over the Florida Atlantic University Owls, at FAU Arena on the campus of Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida.
“I’m just so proud of these guys for gutting out this win and showing a lot of heart,” said Terriers’ head coach Glenn Braica. “We didn’t make shots until the end, we had a ton of turnovers in the first half, but our defense kept us in the game.”
The Terriers went ahead for good with 32 second left when freshman forward Wayne Martin, who scored eight of the team’s final 13 points, hit a lay-up to make it 59-57.
Martin’s focus on the final play was to execute for the team.
“I was just thinking I have to concentrate and focus on finishing,” Martin Commented. “Over the last two wins we have just stayed together and have a no quit mentality.”
Junior forward Jalen Cannon, who had 15 points and nine rebounds, said Martin adds depth to the team down low.
“.It’s been a different look he (Martin) can create his own shot and he also rebounds a lot, so it take some stress off me. He also helps me on the boards,” Cannon said.
Going into half time SFBK trailed FAU 32-26.
The Owls were able to extend their lead to ten, 37-27, in the second half when sophomore guard Jackson Trapp hit a pair of foul shots.
After Martin made a layup to a cut the FAU lead to single digits, FAU’s Dragan Sekelja, who scored a game high 21 points, hit a foul shot and then on the next possession he made a layup to give FAU an 11 point lead.
The Terrier responded with a 13-2 run, which was led by two three pointers by senior guard Ben Mockford.
The Owls answered with five straight points of their own to regain the lead, 47-42.
The Terriers then put together an 8-3 run to take a one point lead 50-49.
On their next possession, FAU’s Pablo Berton hit a free throw to knot the game at 50.
With the game tied at 54, Mockford,who had 15 points, knocked down a three to give SFBK the lead.
On their next trip down the floor, the Owls Marquan Botley hit a three to knot the game at 57.
This set the Terriers up with the opportunity to win the game.
The Terriers return to action on Saturday November 16th when they travel to Dayton to take on the Flyers.