WRITTEN BY DAVID MENZE
Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. — St. Francis College senior Stefan Perunicic had a team-high with 14 points in the 66-49 victory over Brown on Thursday.
The Terriers of St. Francis College led the visiting Bears of Brown 28-20 at halftime then pulled away in the second half to win by 17 points in blowout fashion.
Forwards Akeem Johnson and Jalen Cannon proved to be the spark the Terriers needed as they combined for 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Guard Sean McGonagill was outstanding for Brown as he scored a game-high 19 points and had four assists in 36 minutes of play.
Brown’s lack of a second scorer was their downfall as McGonagill was a one-man-show for most of the game, Dockery Williams was the second leading scorer for Brown with eight points.
Much of the game suffered due to whistle-happy referees who called 33 personal fouls in 40 minutes of play.
St. Francis’ (4-8) next game is against Army (5-8) on New Year’s Eve at West Point.
Their next home game is a showdown agasint North Eastern Conference rival Quinnipiac on Thursday, January 5 at 7pm.
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FINAL: SFC 66 – Browns 49
The crowd applauds for their home team’s players as Head Coach Glenn Braica substitutes his starting five out for reserves with just over two minutes to play in the game as St. Francis controlls a twenty-plus point lead after another three-pointer by Perunicic.
3:32 – St. Francis takes commanding 20-point lead over Brown (63-43).
7:48 – St. Francis pulling away from Brown with 19-point lead (56-37).
Cannon continues to be the Terrier’s x-factor off the bench as the freshman forward has 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds thus far.
11:03 – St. Francis has 12-point lead over Brown (45-33) as McGonagill is barely managing to keep his team in the game.
12:31 – Terriers take 13-point lead over Brown (42-29) after three-point make from Perunicic.
14:30 – St. Francis leads Brown 39-27 after 5-0 run by Terriers capped off by three-point make by Mockford.
15:54 – Terriers leads Bears 34-27 after a basket and timeout by Brown.
16:23 – St. Francis leads Brown 34-25 following a three-pointer from Perunicic.
Second half starts with McGonagill hitting a three-pointer for Brown as St. Francis’ Ben Mockford responds with a basket of his own to give the Terriers a seven-point lead.
First Half Recap:St. Francis takes a 28-20 lead after freshman forward Kevin Douglas hits buzzer beater from behind the arc to end the first half.
Johnson leads the Terriers with seven points as McGonagill leads Brown also with seven points.
Free-throw attempts is the difference in the game thus far as St. Francis is shooting 63.5% (7-11) from the foul-line as Brown has yet to make a free-throw (0-2).
Despite Brown’s deficit point guard Sean McGonagill has proved to be a constant threat as his smart decision making and scoring ability continue to be a problem for St. Francis.
———————————————————–HALFTIME: SFC 28 – Brown 20
1:35 – St. Francis’ Stefan Perunicic gives team four-point lead (22-18) after converting a conventional three-point play.
3:43 – Terriers go on 6-2 run and Johnson gives St. Francis a 19-16 lead after his team-high seventh point.
7:30 – Brown leads St. Francis 14-13 after McGonagill’s basket.
6’6” freshman forward Jalen Cannon has had an immediate impact for the Terriers as he leads the team with five rebounds and one blocked shot.
11:21 – Brown leads 10-8 after both teams traded baskets.
13:00 – Brown leads 8-6 after five straight points from senior guard Jean Harris.
Both teams start off sloppy shooting just 33.3% from the field as the Terriers lead 6-3 after five minutes of play.
St. Francis tweaked their starting line-up for this game and went with a bigger front court as 6’8” sophomore Matt Milk and 6’6” junior forward Akeem Johnson get the start.
This is the six match-up between St. Francis and Brown all-time with the Terriers leading the series by a 3-2 margin.
The Terriers of St. Francis look to rebound against the Bears of Brown after St. Francis lost their previous game to Norfolk State 84-74 on December 23.
St. Francis senior Stefan Perunicic lead the team with 21 points last game against Norfolk State as fellow teammate Travis Nichols helped with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds
The last time the Terriers and Bears squared off was last season on November 24th in Providence, Rhode Island where the Bears were able to edge off the Terriers by a slim 67-63 victory.
Brown has dropped four of their last five games after starting the season with a 4-4 record.
Sophomore guard Sean McGonagill leads his Bears in scoring (13.5 points per game) and rebounding (5.8 rebounds per game).