WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES

The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s basketball team (11-6, 7-7 NEC) will travel to Pennsylvania Thursday to face the (13-12, 9-5 NEC) Saint Francis University Red Flash.

The Terriers dropped their last game to the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 67-82 on Monday. Even though they fell short, senior forward Chris Hooper had a successful game with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field in just 21 minutes.

The Terriers won their previous two games on their home court, beating the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils 74-67 on February 11 and the Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights 85-71 on February 6.

The Red Flash fell to the Mount St. Mary’s Maryland Mountaineers 66-61 Saturday. Before the loss they had a four-game winning streak, but none of the opponents were competitive ones. They defeated the (8-19, 6-8 NEC) Robert Morris University Colonials twice as well as the (3-22, 2-12 NEC) Blue Devils and the (7-20, 4-10 NEC) Bryant University Bulldogs.

In the last battle of St. Francis the Terriers grabbed their first NEC win and outscored the Red Flash by 17 points.

The Terriers have averaged 65.1 points per game on 591-for-1510 (39.1%) shooting from the field, 211-for-675 (31.3%) from behind the arc and 365-for-558 (65.4%) from the foul line.

Their opponent has been stronger with scoring and field goals, averaging 70.4 points a game on 594-for-1395 (42.6%) shooting from the field, 180-for-488 (36.9%) from behind the arc and 391-for-567 (69%) from the foul line.

Terriers senior guard Tyreek Jewell leads his team in scoring with 13 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game. Hooper averages 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Junior guard Yunus Hopkinson is another star player for the Terriers, currently averaging 11.1 points, 2.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds a game.

Red Flash senior guard Ben Millaud-Meunier is his team’s leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points, three rebounds and two assists per game. Senior guard Greg Brown is also a major contributor to the team with 12.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game.

Senior forward Ronnie Drinnon is the home team’s leading rebounder – averaging 10.5 per game. He also scores an average of 12 points per contest.

The teams will tip off in Saint Francis University’s DeGol Arena at 7 pm.