WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA
Basketball: The St. Francis men fall short of their fifth consecutive win, with a brutal 20 point loss to Columbia.
The Terriers were fighting from behind all day long as Columbia took control of this contest from the opening tip.
The Lions started the game on a 15-2 run and never looked back, as they ran away with this one.
Going into this matchup it was key that the Terriers control Columbia’s top three scorers, and limit the Lion’s three point shooting attack. Neither would happen on this day.
The Lions had a very balanced scoring attack which is no surprise for them, since their top three scorers all average in double figures. Today the trio had their way with the Terrier defense.
Sophomore guard Maodo Lo went for 22 points, Junior forward Alex Rosenberg scored 21 points and Sophomore guard Grant Mullins added 11 points. These three men accounted for 54 of the team’s 81 points on the afternoon and almost outscored the Terriers themselves, as they only mustered together 61 points on the day.
Both teams live and die by the three point ball and that was the case today. The Terriers shot 3-16 from behind the arc which is a miserable 18.8%. The Lions on the other hand shot 10-22 from three good enough for 45.5%.
Any time a team is shooting lights out as the Lions were today, they are going to be very tough to beat. Not only did they shoot 45.5% from three, but they shot a total of 46.2% from the field.
Another key to defeat on this day for the Terriers was the fact that the Lions took a total of 28 free throws. They certainly capitalized on their 28 attempts, making 23 of them. Rosenberg collected a good amount of his 21 points from the line, going 9-10 from the charity stripe.
The Terriers offensive struggles were on full display this afternoon. They could not get anything going all day long, which has been the case to this point of season. Their defensive has been able to cover up for their offensive deficiency, but today that was not going to happen.
They shot 31.3% from the field and 18.8% from three, it is impossible to win ball games shooting that poorly from the field. They also only recorded a total of four assists as a team. That number right there proves that there is a lack of offensive continuity.
Guys like Jalen Cannon and Ben Mockford can not be the teams only source of offense. These men are only human and are going to have off nights, other guys must step up if they want to have any shot at the NCAA tournament.
They both had okay games this afternoon, Cannon scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mockford also managed 15 points on the day and Junior forward Lowell Ulmer scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes of play off the bench.
Other then these three their offensive attack was miniscule today.
The Terriers have a huge matchup coming up as they take on their rivals the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at home on Jan 9th at 7pm. This will mark the opening game of conference play in the NEC. Every game is big, but conference games are crucial.
Even though the Blackbirds come into this game at 5-8 on the season they should not be taken lightly.
Today’s 20 point defeat to Columbia will not sit lightly with the Terriers. Look for them to come out attacking early and often as they look to bounce back with a big win against LIU Brooklyn.