WRITTEN BY MIN LEE
St. Francis College Terriers men’s basketball team fell to Quinnipiac Bulldogs 74-60 on Thursday night.
Thursday’s game stretched the losing streak against the Bulldogs to eight straight games — the last St. Francis victory against them was in January, 2006.
One bright note was that Terriers’ guard Ricky Cadell (pictured) surpassed the 1,500 career points mark and is closing in on the St. Francis all-time scoring record.
Cadell is looking to surpass Darrwin Purdie, who has a career 1,613 points for St. Francis. When asked how he felt about his feat admidst a loss, Cadell said “that’s a good accomplishment, an individual accomplishment, but we definitely wanted to win.”
St. Francis got off to a slow start making only six of their first 20 shots, shooting 30% from the field. Quinnipiac shot 53% from the field, getting everybody involved early.
Both teams looked sloppy and failed to take care of the ball, with Quinnipiac committing an atrocious 18 turnovers to St. Francis’ nine. Terriers failed to capitalize, scoring only 15 points off the turnovers.
St. Francis had a brief 7-0 run in the closing minutes of the first half, which included two three-point play opportunities from guard Dre Calloway and forward Matt Milk, who both missed their free throws. Guard Travis Nichols drained a timely three pointer shortly after. Milk redeemed himself with a powerful put-back dunk at the buzzer, cutting the deficit to three by the half.
The Terriers are 8-3 when attempting more than 15 free throws, and 2-9 when attempting less than 15. St. Francis attempted 26 on Thursday night, but managed to make only 13 of them, which cost them at the end of the game. “We gotta make ’em, and we just didn’t make ’em” said a frustrated Coach Braica. “It’s great to get to the free throw line, but you just have to make them.”
Guard Ricky Cadell was quiet in the first half, going 2-7 from the field by the half. Matt Milk looked to shoot early in the opening minutes of the second half, before the St. Francis defense allowed Quinnipiac to regain a double digit lead. Cadell scored nine points in the second half, finishing with 16.
Travis Nichols provided a spark off the bench with three three pointers and finished with 15 points but rushed shots dented his contribution. Nichols and Cadell were the only two Terriers to make double figures.
Lack of communication cost the Terriers dearly — they were outrebounded by Quinnipiac 74 to 60. Quinnipiac’s defense looked solid with seven blocks, compared to a lone block by forward Stefan Perunicic for St. Francis.
St. Francis takes on Sacred Heart at home on Saturday afternoon, who is 9-12.
Note: Quinnipiac guard Dominique Langston was briefly knocked unconscious following an inadvertent hit by his teammate. He left the game on a stretcher but is expected to be OK.