Men's basketball team looks to win first home opener since 2010

Written by Anthony Ruggiero on . Posted in Sport

The St. Francis College men's basketball team takes on Army (2-1) in their 2012-13 home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. 

DRE11SFC (1-1) is coming off an 84-69 loss to the University of Illinois. They defeated Lafayette College in their season opener 76-65. In both games, Akeem Johnson has led the Terriers in scoring. Johnson had 15 points at Lafayette and 13 points at Illinois.

Jalen Cannon, who was named to the NEC All Rookie Team last season, is averaging 12 rebounds per game this season. Cannon has led both games in rebounding with 13 at Lafayette and 11 at Illinois.

If Army wins the game they will improve their winning streak against SFC to three games. If SFC wins the game the overall series will be even at 7-7.

Last season, SFC was leading but could not hold on as they lost 79-70.

Redshirt senior guard Dre Calloway is excited to get back on his home court after missing all of last season following shoulder surgery.

Calloway said, "It's been a long year. I'm ready to get back out there with my teammates and win some games."

Army is averaging 76.7 points per game and SFC averages 70 points per game. One statistic to look at for both teams is their scoring in the first half. Army is outscoring their opponents 122-95 while opponents have outscored SFC 69-57.

Head Coach Glenn Braica talked about how important establishing a home-court advantage is early on.

Braica said, "We want to win as many home games as we can. You want to establish yourself on your home-court. But if you are not ready to play every game, you get beat."

SFC looks to win their first home opener since the Nov. 21, 2010 when they defeated Howard University 70-52.

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