With the Northeast Conference portion of their schedule just two games away, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers are looking strong as they maintained the best non-conference record in the NEC (8-5) with a 77-65 win over New Jersey Institute of Technology in Brooklyn Heights on Monday.
Jalen Cannon once again led the Terriers with 18 points and six rebounds as Aleksandar Isailovic had 13 and Brent Jones had 10. Ben Mockford returned from his back spasms with nine points off the bench. Amdy Fall had five blocks, five rebounds and four points in 19 minutes off the bench. The Terriers shot 43.6 percent overall, beat NJIT in the paint 32-20 and out-rebounded the Jersey school 41-37 while holding it to a shooting percentage of just 31.7 percent.
NJIT scored first when Damon Lynn opened the game with a three-pointer to go up 3-0. Kevin Douglas tied it at 5-5 with a three-pointer a couple of minutes later. They took a 6-5 lead when Cannon hit a free throw shortly after and they never lost that lead over the final 35 minutes.
NJIT would get to within two points of the lead with 13:40 left in the game, but the Terriers would then go on a 10-0 run to build their lead back up and led by as many as 17 in the final minutes of the game. Isailovic, who continued to be clutch, scored 13 points with six rebounds in the second half.