The St. Francis Terriers were looking good with a 3-1 start to Northeast Conference play, but, just like the Lady Terriers, the men have hit a rough patch and now sit in fourth place with a 3-3 record after a 83-79 loss to Bryant in Rhode Island on Saturday.
Jalen Cannon got into a bit of foul trouble early and as a result only played seven minutes in the first half. The Terriers still managed to lead 35-33 at halftime thanks to 11 points from Ben Mockford.
Anthony White tied the game at 56-56 with a three with 8:12 remaining in the game. Bryant hit a layup and a pair of free throws to go up by four and eventually led by nine points with 1:21 left to play. The Terriers cut that lead to two with 10 seconds left, but Shane Mclaughlin hit a pair of free throws to go up by four and Mockford missed a three at the buzzer that wouldn’t have mattered anyway.
Brent Jones led with 20 points with five assists and five rebounds. Mockford had 17 and White had 13 with six boards and four assists. Cannon had less than 10 points for the first time since they beat Canisius on Dec. 14.
This is just the second game (in a row) the Terriers have lost when the game was decided by five points or less. It is also the second game (in a row) that they have lost after they led at halftime.
The Terriers are now 3-3 in the NEC and 12-9 overall. They’ll try to get back to winning against Sacred Heart, who is currently last in the NEC with a 1-5 record, on Wednesday.