To start the year, the Terriers (1-4) survived a gauntlet of top-notch challenges from North Carolina State, eighth-ranked Virginia, and Providence College, losing all three games by double digits before starting their Thanksgiving weekend visit to Florida with a 97-91 win over the Savannah State Tigers.
The NBA-like scoring affair marked the emergence of a three-headed monster at guard, featuring a backcourt that has Terrier fans excited about their ‘16-17 season.
Redshirt sophomore guard Glenn Sanabria, who led the Northeast Conference in three-point shooting percentage as a true freshman two seasons ago, ended the day with a career-high 28 points. Sanabria shot 8-of-13 from the field, 5-of-9 from deep, and a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line.
Senior guard Yunus Hopkinson, who was an All-NEC Third Team honoree last season, dropped 18 points, also hitting five three-pointers against Savannah State. Freshman guard Rasheem Dunn had a breakout showing, pouring on a career-best 20 points.
The Thomas Jefferson High School alum netted all seven of his field goal attempts before misfiring on his eighth and final shot from the field. Dunn also knocked down two three’s and all four of his free throw attempts.
In the championship game, the Terriers lost to the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley by a final of 71-61 after leading for much of the contest. Sanabria led the team with 16 points and was the lone Terrier to earn All-Tournament honors after averaging 22.0 points per contest down in Destin.
In the championship, Hopkinson added 13 points, bringing his tournament average to 15.5 points per contest and his season average to 12.2 per game, second only to the aforementioned Sanabria, who currently sits at 15.0.
Junior guard Gunnar Olafsson, who currently leads the Terriers in rebounds with 6.6 per game, recorded a career-best 11 rebounds in the loss.
Next up for the Terriers are road contests at Brown University on Wednesday, November 30, and at Army University on Saturday, December 3.
The Terrier men’s home opener will be on Monday, December 5, at the Pope Physical Education Center at St. Francis College, where the Boys from Brooklyn will host Lafayette College.
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