by Nick Arias

The St. Francis Men’s basketball had a devastating end to their regular season as they took a suffering loss to the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers in a final score of 73-71.

With this loss, the Terriers have now been set as the 5th placed team in the final NEC standings. They will take on Robert Morris University in the first round of the 2019 NEC Playoffs, which will be played this Wednesday at 7:00 pm at RMU.

“Robert Morris is a very good team, they’re a physical team, we had two wars with them this year” said Head Coach Glenn Braica “We got to go up there and do our job in a lot of different facets of the game we’re gonna have to guard, we’re gonna have to rebound, we’re gonna have to execute offensively we’re gonna have to take care of the ball and not turn it over.”

The Terriers had the chance to win the game after trailing by two points with 4 seconds remaining in the game. Following a timeout called by Coach Glenn Braica, sophomore guard Chauncey Hawkins attempted to give the team the victory but couldn’t connect with the shot.

St. Francis led the game by as much as 16 points entering the second half but the Mountaineers were able to turn it around to give them the win. Freshman guard Vado Morse on Mount St. Mary’s scored 18 out of his 23 points in second half.

Hawkins came off the bench today scoring 13 points while grabbing 6 rebounds. Junior Rosel Hurley led the Terriers (17-14, 9-9 NEC) with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists over the Mountaineers (9-22, 6-12 NEC).

On the other end for the Mountaineers, Morse led the way as he finished the game with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Freshman forward Malik Jefferson ended with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Good luck to the Terriers this Wednesday as they enter their first playoff game this season.

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