By Edoardo Giribaldi
The St. Francis Brooklyn Men’s Basketball Team (13-17 OA, 7-11 NEC) defeated the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (4-27, 3-15 NEC), with a score of 85-79 in the regular season finale at Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, CT, on Saturday afternoon.
St. Francis Brooklyn conclude the regular season in ninth position and gains access to the NEC Playoffs.
Terriers are now heading to the NEC Tournament Quarterfinals against the No.1 seed Robert Morris on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Moon Township, PA.
In the first half of the contest, Terriers took the lead at the 14:09 mark and never lost it, scoring 42 points with a great three-point field goal percentage of 45.45 %. The Blue Devils recorded 32 points, with a field goal percentage of 35.48 %.
In the second half of the match, Terriers maintained the advantage blocking a comeback attempt from Central Connecticut, scoring 43 points, with a 38.71 % field goal percentage, over the 47 points scored by the Blue Devils, with a field goal percentage of 48.48 %.
The leading actor of St. Francis’ triumph was junior guard Chauncey Hawkins, who recorded a career-high 38 points in 37 minutes, which gave a huge contribution to the Terrier’s victory.
Together with Hawkins, top scorers for the Terriers were Rob Higgins, with 13 points and two assists, and Deniz Celen, with 10 points and two assists.
For Central Connecticut, top performers were Jamir Coleman, with 28 points and three assists, Tyler Rowe, with 15 points in 32 minutes, and Ian Krishnan, with 10 points recorded in 24 minutes