WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s basketball team fell behind early on in Saturday’s game, but redeemed themselves in the second half, defeating the Robert Morris University Colonials 82-72 on the road.
The Terriers’ victory improved them to (13-16, 9-7 NEC) as the Colonials dropped to (9-20, 7-9 NEC).
Both teams were slow to score, but Terriers senior forward Antonio Jenifer managed to make a layup 49 seconds in.
Both sides were then scoreless for more than a minute until the Terriers started putting some more points on the board and their opponent followed up with their own, but lagged behind.
A dunk by Colonials sophomore forward Andre Frederick eventually tied the game 7-7 before the Terriers surpassed them, but slipped behind their opponent again.
Once Robert Morris was back in the lead, the Terriers started to struggle. They went two full minutes without scoring a single point and trailed by as much as nine points.
With less than five minutes left in the first half, junior guard Yunus Hopkinson started gaining some points for the team to bring them out of their slump and towards the end of the half, senior forwards Amdy Fall and Chris Hooper were responsible for bringing their team’s score closer to that of the Colonials.
The Terriers trailed 34-37 at halftime.
The Terriers knew they needed to step it up in the second half in order to catch up and they started doing so right away.
Fall started the half and his team edged the Colonials for the first few minutes until senior guard Tyreek Jewell’s three-pointer brought them into the lead with 16:55 left.
From that point on the Terriers excelled, scoring point after point as their opponent had a difficult time making shots.
The Terriers were leading by ten or more points at certain times, but the Colonials were able to edge them by three or four points on a few occasions.
By the end of the game the Terriers were able to reach one of their highest levels in the game once more and closed out the night by leading by ten.
The Terriers were a bit stronger with shooting, making 25-for-51 (49%) shots from the field, 10-for-24 (41.7%) from behind the arc and 22-for-26 (84. 6%) from the foul line.
The Colonials shot 26-for-53 (49.1%) from the field, 4-for-11 (36.4%) from behind the arc and 16-for-26 (61.5%) from the foul line.
One of the Terriers’ worst flaws was turning the ball over 19 times while Robert Morris only did so 12 times.
A strength for the Terriers was rebounding – they racked up 38 and their opponent only managed to dish out 22.
Hopkinson led the Terriers to their victory with 24 points, five assists and four rebounds on 6-for-6 shooting from the foul line. Jewell made just as much of an impact with 22 points and seven rebounds, making 6-for-8 shots from the free-throw line.
Fall recorded ten points, five rebounds and one assist tonight while Jenifer contributed nine points, nine rebounds and one assist.
Hooper dished out 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in just 20 minutes on the court.
Colonials senior guard Rodney Pryor led his team with 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists on 5-for-6 shooting from the foul line. Junior forward Billy Giles was the second star player with 13 points, three rebounds, two blocks and one assist on 6-for-7 shooting from the field.
Freshman guard Isaiah Still recorded 12 points, three assists and two rebounds.
The Terriers will return home to host their last two games of the season next week. First up is the Bryant University Bulldogs on Thursday at 7 pm.