LIVE BLOG: FDU Men’s Basketball Season Tip-Off 2020

6:50 p.m.

That will conclude our first ever FDU Men’s Basketball live blog. A big thank you to Charles Elmo and Jen Malti for their help with the live blog and Twitter. Also, a big thank you to our Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Scalzo for producing the live blog and student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain for keeping Twitter updated.

 FDU men’s will now travel to play #24 Rutgers this Friday at 7 p.m., while the women’s will tip-off at home against St. Johns this Saturday at 2 p.m. 

6:44 p.m.

FDU drops the season opener 84-66 in a game where the Knights trailed the entirety of the second half. 

Elyjah Williams recorded 21 points with Brandon Rush adding 21 of his own for the Knights in their first loss. 

FDU shot 25-63 (39.7%) from the field, 2-13 (15.4%) from three, and 14-22 (60%) from the free-throw line. 

Quinnipiac had five players in double figure scoring as Seth Pinkney had 12 points with Jacob Rigoni, Elias King, and Tymu Chenery all had 11 points each and Savion Lewis adding 10.

Quinnipiac shot 31-63 (50%) from the field, 9-24 (39.1%) from three, and 13-16 (81.3%) from the free-throw line

Quinnipiac outrebounded FDU 39-33 as they were crashing the boards on almost every possession.

6:32 p.m.

Quinnipiac adds to the lead and are now up 82-64 with a minute remaining.

6:21 p.m.

Quinnipiac calls a timeout, up 23 with 5:03 left in the game. The Knights trail 78-55.

6:16 p.m.

Quinnipiac is currently up 73-51 with 7:13 remaining in the game as FDU is running out of time to mount a comeback with such little time and trailing by such a large margin. 

6:03 p.m.

Rigoni knocks in another three and now has 11 points total. He extends the lead to 65-43 with 10:36 remaining in the game.

5:58 p.m.

Quinnipiac currently has 33 bench points while FDU only has two bench points in the whole game. FDU is getting outrebounded as well 32-20.

5:55 p.m.

Quinnipiac extends the lead to 59-41 with a 8-0 run with 12:50 remaining in the game as FDU struggles to score points coming out of the second half. The Knights call a timeout.

5:46 p.m.

Quinnipiac extends their lead to 49-39, it is the largest lead of the game as Matt Labanc nails a three.

5:43 p.m.

Pier-Olivier Racine opens up the scoring in the second half with a layup assisted by Brandon Rush with the Knights still down 42-37.

5:28 p.m.

The first half ends as Quinnipiac leads 42-35, ending the half on the 9-0 run

FDU’s leaders: Brandon Rush 13 points, Elyjah Williams 10 points.

Jahlil Jenkins only has four points and shot 1-6 in the first half

FDU shot 14-30 (46.7%)  from the field, 2-5 (40%)  from three, and 5-7 (71.4%)  from the free-throw line

Quinnipiac’s leaders: Elias King nine points, Jacob Rigoni eight points, Tyrese Williams seven points

Quinnipiac shot 16-31 (48.3%), 7-15 (38.5%), and 3-4 (75%) from the free-throw line.

5:21 p.m.

Quinnipiac goes on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to seven to close out the half.

5:14 p.m.

A minute goes by without any scoring before Luis Kortright makes an acrobatic layup to put Quinnipiac back on top, 31-28.

5:06 p.m.

Rigoni knocks in another three to take the lead 29-28 with 5:41 left in the first half as the game heads into a media timeout.

5:05 p.m.

Jacob Rigoni knocks in a three to tie the game at 26 as Elyjah Williams responds and scores to take the lead back with four straight points.

5:03 p.m.

Foul trouble for Quinnipiac; center Seth Pinkney picked up his second foul and guard Savion Lewis has two as well.

5:02 p.m.

Jenkins scores his first basket of the game and the season to extend the lead by three, 22-19.

5:00 p.m.

Brandon Rush leads the team with 11 points so far as Jahlil Jenkins is in foul trouble right now with two fouls but is still in the game.

4:53 p.m.

Media timeout as FDU leads 17-13 as Quinnipiac’s Elias King draws the foul and will take a free throw after the break with 11:37 remaining in the first half. 

4:48 p.m.

Rush has scored 11 of FDU’s first 13 points, including ferocious two dunks and a strong finish at the basket for an and-one

4:45 p.m.

FDU calls their first timeout as Quinnipiac goes on a 5-0 run to tie the game 9-9 with 15:17 remaining in the first half.

4:43 p.m.

The Knights lead 9-4 as Quinnipiac calls their first timeout as Brandon Rush scored 4 straight points on the fast break.

4:42 p.m.

The starting five for FDU for today’s game are Brandon Rush, Jahlil Jenkins, Callum Baker, Pier-Olivier Racine, and Elyjah Williams 

Quinnipiac’s starting five for today’s game are Jacob Rigoni, Seth Pinkley, Tyrese Williams, Savion Lewis, and Matt Labance

4:17 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Redshirt senior guard Xzavier Malone-Key has opted out of the 2020-2021 season and is entering the transfer portal via his Instagram.

4:08 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Sophomore guard Devon Dunn has opted out of the 2020-2021 season. 

“It’s hard to leave my brothers, but I have made the decision to opt out of the 2020-2021 season for my health concerning the pandemic,” Dunn wrote via Twitter

4:00 p.m.

Good Afternoon everyone, This is Anthony Covino the sports editor for The Equinox joined by sports writer Charles Elmo and our assistant sports editor Jen Malti with our first ever FDU men’s basketball live blog. The producer is Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Scalzo and Naniyah McClain, the student lifestyle editor, will update Twitter. 

The FDU men’s basketball team tips off against Quinnipiac at 4:30 p.m. looking to get off to a winning start to the season. Unfortunately the opener for FDU Women’s opener at Manhattan got cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols

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