WRITTEN BY BRYAN FONSECA
The St. Francis Terriers men’s basketball team (0-1) will be looking to bounce back in a big way against the Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins of the division three Skyline Conference in their 2015-16 home opener.
In their first game of the season, the Terriers were simply overpowered by the Boston College Eagles of the Atlantic Coast Conference, whom they lost to decisively 75-49. Against the Eagles, the Terriers could not get anything going offensively, which proved to be their biggest obstacle to overcome in the loss.
The Terriers started off shooting 0-13 from the field, and did not record a bucket until junior guard Jon Doss nailed a three-pointer with over 11 minutes remaining in the first half. At one point the Terriers shot just 3-24 (12.5%), before finishing their trip to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts shooting 17-61 (27.9%). The Terriers also struggled from the foul-line by shooting 9-19 (47.4%) from the charity stripe.
The Terriers should only benefit from their experience against a power conference team like the ACC’s Eagles, especially heading into their home opener where they’ll host the division three Dolphins.
The two New York based team’s met last December during the 2014-15 season. The Dolphins arrived into Brooklyn Heights with an undefeated 6-0 record, while the Terriers were trying to overcome their slow 2-6 start.
After a tightly contested first half, the Terriers ran away with a big lead and never let up, emerging with a 90-72 blowout victory.
Sophomore guard Glenn Sanabria scored 15 points on 4-6 shooting (2-3 from three) against the Dolphins last season.
In their only taste of action so far this season, the Terriers received key contributions from a number of players. Freshman guard Dagur Jonsson paced the team with 12 points, senior forward Chris Hooper scored eight points and blocked three shots, classmate Amdy Fall scored seven and had a team-high seven rebounds, and the aforementioned Doss connected with three 3-pointers, ending the game with nine points.
Of all returning players, sophomore forward Ammad Alkhulaidi logged the most minutes for Dolphins last season with 27.8 per game, and was the only player to start every game for the team last season. Having done so as a freshman; Alkhulaidi is expected to make a leap in his second season of college ball.
The 6-foot-5 Brooklyn native tied for the team lead in rebounds per game with 7.4 to go along with 9.9 points per game, which ranked third on the team. Alkhulaidi notably scored 17 points against the Terriers last year on an efficient 7-11 shooting.
Alkhulaidi and the Dolphins face the Terriers on Tuesday, November 17 in The Pope at 7 p.m. A win will mark the Terriers first victory in a home opener since defeating these same Dolphins in the 2013-14 season by nearly 30 points.