By Edoardo Giribaldi

The St. Francis Brooklyn Men’s Basketball Team (12-17 OA, 6-11 NEC) was defeated by Sacred Heart Pioneers (18-12 OA, 11-6 NEC) with a score of 63-73, on Thursday evening at William H. Pitt Center, in Fairfield, CT.

Considering the defeat of Wagner against LIU earlier in the evening, Terriers managed to qualify for the NEC Playoffs.

This is the third season in a row that St. Francis Men’s Basketball Team gets to qualify for the playoffs, and it is also the ninth time under coach Glenn Braica.

In the first half of the contest, Sacred Heart outscored St. Francis scoring 37 points, with a field goal percentage of 45.16%, while the Terriers recorded 31 points with a field goal percentage of 37.14%.

In the second half of the game, Terriers tried to get back into the game registering 32 points and concluding the match with a total field goal percentage of 35.2%.

However, Sacred Heart maintained its advantage, scoring 36 points with a total field goal percentage of 41.0% and eventually winning the game.

For the Terriers, top scorers were Chauncey Hawkins (with 16 points and 4 assists in 40 minutes), Deniz Celen (with 15 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes), and Rob Higgins (with 9 points and one assist in 33 minutes).

For the Sacred Heart Pioneers, top scorers were Kinnon LaRose (with 21 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes), E.J. Anosike (with 19 points and 14 rebounds in 34 minutes), and Aaron Clarke (with 10 points and five assists in 35 minutes).

Terriers will conclude their regular season on Saturday, at 1 pm, as they take on the Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.

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