St. Francis tops LIU in Brooklyn basketball showdown
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All Photos: George De Sota
All Photos: George De Sota
St. Francis guard Ben Mockford scored a career-high 30 points and forward Jalen Cannon led a dominant rebounding effort that helped the Terriers defeat the three-time defending Northeast Conference champion LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team, 78-64, in the NEC opener for both teams on Thursday evening.

Cannon scored 17 of his 19 points and pulled down nine of his 14 boards in the first half, propelling St. Francis (10-6, 1-0 NEC) to a decisive 52-28 advantage on the glass for the game.

The Blackbirds opened the contest in a zone defense that was effective in making the Terriers miss on their first shot of each possession. In fact, LIU forced St. Francis into 8-for-28 shooting (28.6%) on initial shots. But the Blackbirds were undone by their inability to pull down defensive rebounds, allowing 20 offensive boards in the first 20 minutes that resulted in 19 second-chance points.

LIU Brooklyn point guard Jason Brickman’s 11 assists give him 860 for his career, moving him past Anthony Manuel of Bradley and Grayson Marshall of Clemson into 20th place on the NCAA career assists list. Next up on the list is Taurence Chisholm of Delaware, who currently stands in 19th place with 877.

The week didn’t get any better for LIU Brooklyn, who traveled to Staten Island on Saturday to face Wagner, falling 84-70 to fall to 5-10 on the season and 0-2 in conference play. LIU Brooklyn returns home to continue NEC play against Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 p.m.

And despite a career-high 25 points from Cannon, St. Francis lost its own road contest in Maryland against the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, 88-82. St. Francis has another road game on the schedule, traveling to take on Central Connecticut State on Thursday evening.

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