WRITTEN BY BRYAN FONSECA

The St. Francis Terriers men’s basketball team will look to protect their home court on Thursday night when they face off against Mount St. Mary’s University. The Terriers are currently tied for first place with a (6-2) record in Northeast conference play, while MSMU’s NEC record currently stands at (5-3), just one game behind.

The Terriers have an overall record of (12-9), and have won nine of their last 11 games. MSMU’s overall record currently sits at (9-10) after winning five of their previous six contests.

Both teams have been relatively hot heading into tomorrow night’s action.

The Terriers have shown a strong interior presence throughout the season, which is highlighted by their conference high 4.6 blocks per game, and second best 37.5 rebounds per game. They also allow only 32 rebounds per game on average, the best in the league in this category.

MSMU only averages 32.1 rebounds per contest, which works in the Terriers favor heading into the big game. MSMU has also struggled to put points on the board at times throughout the year as they only average 60.7 points per game. In contrast, the Terriers average 67.4 points per contest.

Terriers senior point guard Brent Jones was recently named the NEC player of the week, and he currently ranks as the fifth leading scorer in the NEC with 14.7 points per game. Jones also leads the NEC in steals per game with 2.3, and his 5.0 assists per game are good for second in the conference.

Junior guard Tyreek Jewell has elevated his game as of late, and has been a very effective player in the month of January. Jewell has averaged 12.4 points per game this month on an efficient 46.6% shooting from the field, and currently is 3rd in team scoring for the year with over 10 points per contest.

Leading the way for MSMU is junior forward Gregory Graves with 10.2 points per game, and a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game. It’s worth mentioning that Graves has played efficient basketball over the course of the season by collecting his points on 45% shooting from the floor, and 40% shooting from the three point line.

The game will take place tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. in St. Francis College. The Terriers will look to make it 10 of their last 12, while MSMU looks to grab their sixth win in their last seven contests.

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