WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (12-7, 3-1 NEC) picked up their second consecutive victory, with a 74-71 win over the Sacred Heart University Pioneers (4-15, 1-3 NEC).
Ben Mockford’s, who led all scorers with 23 points, three with 1:45 remaining put the Terriers ahead for good as he made it 71-68.
” I give credit to my teammates, they are finding me a lot. A little extra shooting in the gym has got me going too,” Mockford said of his play great of late.
The Pioneers opened up an early 4-2 edge.
SFBK then responded with six points from freshman Wayne Martin, to go ahead 11-8.
SHU jumped ahead 15-13, on a three point play from Mostafa Abdel Latif.
The Terriers came right back on a three from Mockford to make it 16-15.
Steve Glowiak put the Pioneers ahead on their next possession.
Mockford came down again and hit another three to put SFBK ahead 19-17.
Then Glowiak came down and hit a trey to put SHU up, 20-19.
Mockford hit his third three in the third consecutive possession to give the Terriers the lead again, but Glowiak came down the floor and put the Pioneers up 23-22.
With SHU up 27-24, the Terriers put together an 11-2 run, led by seven points by sophomore Anthony White, to give SFBK a 34-29 lead.
St. Francis was able to stay ahead by four until Phil Gaetano hit a three in the final seconds of the first half.
At the end of one half, a half that had 16 lead changes, the Terriers led 42-41.
Junior forward Jalen Cannon gave SFBK back a four point advantage, 51-47, on a three point play.
After a SHU basket, Cannon made a lay-up and then completed a three point play on back to back possessions, to put SFBK up 58-49.
Cannon, who had 14 of his 16 points in the second half, said he was more successful when he was aggressive.
“I posted up in the paint hard (in the second half) and started going to the rim,” Cannon commented. “In the first half, I was kind of shying away so I decided to be a little more aggressive and it got me going.”
The Pioneers then used an 8-1 run to cut the Terriers lead to two, 59-57.
Cannon extended the Terrier lead to five, 62-57, when he spit at the foul line.
SFBK then extended their lead to seven, 68-61, on two foul shots by White.
But Sacred Heart didn’t give up scoring seven straight to tie the game at 68.
Sophomore Amdy Fall made it 73-69, on a pass from junior Brent Jones, who had 10 assists.
Jones has been impressive during league play dishing out 41 helpers to just five turnovers. He has also had 10 or more assist in three of the four league games.
The Terriers, who are 6-0 in games decided by five points or less this season, continue Northeast Conference play on Thursday, when they head to Fairleigh Dickinson University to play the Knights.