St. Francis College is one of only five Division I teams that have never made it to the NCAA tournament, but it was one win away from setting a Northeast Conference record of the most wins (10) during the non-conference portion of its schedule. Unfortunately, the Terriers were stopped short of that record as they were beaten 81-61 by Columbia in Morningside Heights on Saturday.
This game was ugly from the very start as Columbia quickly jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first five minutes, it eventually led by 18 with 10:22 left in the first half, and went into the second half with a healthy 17-point lead.
The Terriers didn’t do much right early on. Jalen Cannon and Ben Mockford each had 11 points, but the rest of the team hit 5-of-19 shots and they shot 34.4 percent overall. They were also out-rebounded 21-14 and had more turnovers, four, than assists, three.
The second half was much closer, but the Terriers spotted Columbia a 26-point lead with 16:20 to play and it was too much to come back from. The closest they came was within 13 points when Lowell Ulmer hit a three to make it 68-55 with six minutes left.
Cannon and Mockford both finished with 15 points and Ulmer had 12. Wayne Martin finished with nine points. He hasn’t scored more than that since he had 12 against Stony Brook back on Dec. 1. Since then he’s averaged just 5.6 points per game in seven games.
Despite the disappointing finish, the Terriers had a strong non-conference schedule with a 9-6 overall record including a big win against the University of Miami to start the season. They begin NEC play this Thursday when they host LIU Brooklyn at home.