The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers snapped a two-game losing streak over the weekend when they beat Canisius College 67-51 in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday behind some strong defense and 15 points from freshman Sheldon Hagigal.
“I was proud of our guys effort, especially on the defensive end,” said Terriers’ head coach Glenn Braica. “I never thought that we would be able to shut a great offensive team like Canisius down like that but the guys were just tremendous. We struggled to make open shots but if you play that hard on the other end you will always have a chance to win.”
Canisius got off on the right foot with a 6-2 lead, but Kevin Douglas his first three to put the Terriers ahead 7-6 as the two teams traded leads after that with St. Francis leading at halftime 35-32.
Canisius regained the lead early in the second half as they led by three after Jordan Heath dunked that made it 38-35. The Terriers shut them down defensively from that point though as they started a 25-6 run as they established a 16-point lead with 5:41 left to play.
Nine of Hagigal’s 15 came in the second half. Amdy Fall pitched in with 11 points, Jalen Cannon had eight and 10 rebounds and Wayne Martin had eight as well. The Terriers controlled the glass, out-rebounding Canisius 39-28, and dominated the paint 48-26 as they shot 45 percent overall. Without Ben Mockford, the Terriers struggled behind the arc as they shot just 3-of-17, including 2-of-2 by Douglas.