St. Francis stays hot as it holds off Delaware State

Ben Mockford has been dealing with back spasms lately, but contributed 17 points from off the bench in a close win over Delaware. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Ben Mockford has been dealing with back spasms lately, but contributed 17 points from off the bench in a close win over Delaware. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

It was close right up until the end, but Ben Mockford came off the bench and gave the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers 17 points in the second half to lead them to a narrow 60-57 victory on the road against Delaware State on Monday. It’s the fourth win in a row for the Terriers, who are now 9-5 and could become the first Northeast Conference team to ever win 10 games before conference play starts if they can beat Columbia on Saturday.

Mockford only played one minute in the first half, but with the score tied at 25-25 heading into the second half the Terriers needed some offense off the bench and looked the British-native’s way. He rewarded them by hitting 5-of-9 shots, all from behind the arc, and a couple of free throws with 14 seconds left.

Jalen Cannon also played a big part with 17 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the season. Cannon was likely disappointed in his performance as he shot just 4-of-12 from the floor, but he was a perfect 9-of-9 from the line including a pair with just four seconds left that clinched it.

The Terriers had no breathing room in this entire game. There were five lead changes in total and neither team led by more than seven points. Mockford hit a three with 12:03 left in the game to give the Terriers that seven-point lead, but Delaware went on a 12-0 run to go up by five with 7:25 left. Mockford and Cannon did their things to tie it at 52-52 before Brent Jones hit a big three with 3:12 left to put the Terriers up for good.

The Terriers finished shooting just 38 percent and were beaten in the paint 30-20, but they were able to generate 16 points off of turnovers and hit eight threes. They’re now a perfect 5-0 in games decided by five points or less.

The Terriers, who are the only NEC team with a non-conference record above .500, will play Columbia on Saturday and then start league play at home against LIU Brooklyn next Thursday. Be sure to check back with the Eagle for that game as it will be our Game of the Week.


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