Terriers make easy work out of St. Francis University

Sheldon Hagigal had a career-high 23 points against St. Francis University on Thursday. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Sheldon Hagigal had a career-high 23 points against St. Francis University on Thursday. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Sheldon Hagigal scored a career-high 23 points as the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers had a huge second half to blowout St. Francis University 78-52 in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday night. It was the Terriers’ third win in a row as they are now 6-3 and in third place in the Northeast Conference.

It’s a good thing the Terriers got 23 points from Hagigal as Jalen Cannon was held to just seven points. He has only scored less once this season. Ben Mockford had 12 points, including 10 in the second half, and Kevin Douglas chipped in with nine.

Douglas scored just seven seconds into the game, but it took a while for the Terriers to really gain momentum. SFU led by as much as seven points in the first half and still led by three when Hagigal caught fire. He cut the lead to three with a pair of layups, tied it at 16-16 with a three and then took a 19-16 lead with another three. If that wasn’t enough, he scored on another layup as he went on a personal 12-2 run.

“With Brent in foul trouble, the coaches looked to me to step up and play more minutes at the point,” Hagigal said. “I feel a real big progression since the beginning of the year with my teammates and my confidence on the court. I just go out there and look to play my hardest every game.”

From that point the Terriers never looked back. They established a six-point lead by halftime and went nuts in the second half. Mockford hit a three with 18 minutes left to go up by 14 and they led by as much as 24 thanks to an 18-5 run. P.J. Santavenere hit a three with 20 seconds left to put the cherry on a nice win.

Like I wrote at the top, the Terriers are now 6-3 in the NEC and are in third place. They have a big matchup coming up on Saturday against Robert Morris, who is currently in first place in the NEC with an 8-1 record.


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