FDU drops the first game of the round-robin with Saint Francis Brooklyn, 83-75.
The Knights fall to 7-12, 6-7 in NEC play, while the Terriers improve to 6-8 overall and 6-7 in NEC play.
Rush exploded with a career-high 34 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Knights to come out with the win. Jenkins added 16 points while Racine had 9.
Mclean led the way for the Terriers, scoring 25 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Hawkins had 22 points and added 6 assists while Atson scored 19 points, including 3 three-pointers.
FDU shot 26-63 (41.3%) from the field, 11-30 (36.7%) from three and 12-18 (66.7%) from the free-throw line. St. Francis Brooklyn shot 26-65 (40%) from the field, 10-25 (40%) from three and 21-25 (84%) from the free-throw line.
The Knights will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow night against the Terriers in Stratis Arena inside the Rothman Center with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
Thank you for following along for tonight’s game. Thank you to our assistant sports editor Jen Malti for updates throughout the game. Another thank you to our Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Scalzo for producing the live blog and our student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain for updating twitter throughout the game. Tune in tomorrow for another men’s basketball live blog at 7 pm where the Knights will compete against the Terriers again hoping to split the series in the second game of the NEC round-robin. Enjoy the rest of your night everybody!
FDU drops the first game of the round-robin with Saint Francis Brooklyn 83-75.
Muenkat splits a pair at the free-throw line to make the score 83-75 for the Terriers with 18 seconds left in the game. Atson gets the steal and dribbles out the clock.
Mclean heads to the free-throw line and makes both attempts for the Terriers to make the score 82-75 with 30 seconds left in the game.
Rush misses, but Racine is right there for the rebound. He is fouled and hits a pair from the stripe to cut the Knights’ deficit to 80-75 with 31 seconds remaining.
Jenkins knocks down both free throws. He has 16 points, but the Terriers remain in control up 80-73 with under a minute to play.
Rush steals Hawkins’ pass then slams it down to cut the Terriers’ lead to 78-71. Williams immediately fouls and sends Hawkins back to the free-throw line. He hits both to push the lead back up to nine with 1:21 left.
Jenkins and Hawkins exchange jumpers as the score is 78-69 with the Knights down by nine with 2:30 remaining in the game.
Atson makes it in with a layup with an assist from Hawkins to extend the Terriers lead to 12, making the score 76-64 with 4:59 remaining in the game.
Foul called on Evans. That is his fourth foul that will send Rush back to the line with 5:31 to go. He misses on the front end of a one-and-one. The score remains 74-64.
Rush heads to the free-throw line as he makes both attempts to make the score 72-64 with the Knights down by eight with 6:56 remaining.
Technical foul called on Munden Jr. after picking up his fourth foul. He did not like the call, which sends the Terriers back to the line. Hawkins hits both to extend the FDU deficit back up to 72-62.
Racine heads to the free-throw line as he splits a pair and makes the score 70-62 with 7:14 remaining in the second half.
Atson makes the three with an assist off Stevanic to put the Terriers ahead by nine making the score 70-61.
Williams draws the blocking foul on McLean. He hits one of two from the stripe to cut the Knights’ deficit to 67-61 with 7:56 left.
Foul called against Muenkat, which sends Jenkins to the line. He splits a pair as Evans finds a trailing McLean who lays it in on the fast break. The Terriers extend their lead to 67-60 at the halfway mark of the second half of play.
Evans and McLean both slam it in to extend the Terriers lead to 65-59 with 10:51 remaining.
Out of the timeout, Jenkins sizes up his defender, rises up and knocks down a deep three. He has 11 points, but the Knights still trail 61-59.
Williams hits another jumper to bring FDU back within four as they are down 61-56 with 12:17 left.
McLean nails it again from downtown. He is up to 19 points for the Terriers as they lead the Knights 61-54.
Williams hits the jumper as Rush makes a three for the Knights to bring FDU within four making the score 58-54 with 13:37 remaining in the second half. Rush has hit six three-pointers and has scored half of the points for FDU with 27.
Jenkins turns it over on one end as Hawkins fires and hits three at the other. Largest lead of the night for the Terriers as they lead 56-49 with 14:40 to go in the game.
Atson heads to the free-throw line as he makes both attempts and extends the Terriers lead to 53-49. Atson has 12 points.
Rare appearance at the line for FDU tonight as Rush hits one of two to cut the deficit to 51-49 with 15:36 left.
Stevanic goes in for the layup off the assist from Atson to put the Terriers ahead by 3 making the score 51-48 with 16:22 remaining.
Racine runs it down the court to slam it in with a dunk for the Knights to make the score 49-48.
Hawkins hits the three off the pass by Stevanic. That shot gives Hawkins 11 points and the Terriers a 49-46 lead with 17:28 to go.
Rush picks back up where he started in the first half, knocking down a three to tie the game at 46 with 18 minutes to go in the game. He has 23 points.
Multiple offensive rebounds lead to a Munden put back. Stevanic responds with a layup of his own to push the Terriers’ lead back up to 46-43 with 18:38 remaining.
At the end of the first half of play, St. Francis Brooklyn leads FDU 42-41 in a close back and forth contest thus far.
Rush led all scorers with 20 points for the Knights with Baker and Jenkins adding 6 points of their own.
McLean scored 14 points for the Terriers while Atson added 10 points as well.
FDU shot 16-31 (51.6%) from the field, 7-16 (43.8%) from three and 0-1 (0%) from the free-throw line. St. Francis Brooklyn shot 13-33 (39.4%) from the field, 6-14 (42.9%) from three and 8-8 (100%) from the free-throw line.
Rush is called for the foul with a second remaining. That sends Hawkins to the free-throw line for three shots. He hits two of three to give the Terriers a 42-41 lead heading into the locker room.
Jenkins heads to the free-throw line as he makes both attempts making the score 41-40 with two seconds remaining.
McLean knocks down both free throws as Jenkins hits the jumper to cut the Terriers’ lead to 40-39 with under a minute to play in the first half.
Quartlebaum makes the three to put the Terriers ahead by one making the score 38-37 with 1:30 remaining in the first half.
McLean hits the corner three to cut the FDU lead to 37-35. He has 12 points for the Terriers.
Rush drives by Hawkins and banks in the layup to extend the Knights’ lead to 37-32. Everything is falling for Rush as he is up to 20 points for the game already.
Racine dunks it home off a pretty pass by Williams. Williams has 5 assists for FDU as they lead 35-32 with 3:48 remaining in the first half.
Williams is called for the goaltend so Hawkins’ layup is good to cut the FDU lead to 33-32. Hawkins has 6 points for the Terriers.
Soft touch by Jenkins as he gets the floater to go. The FDU lead is 33-28 with 4:47 to go in the half.
Off the Munden steal, Powell finds Rush who gets the three to fall from downtown. That is his fourth three-pointer of the game, which gives FDU the lead back 31-28. Rush has 18 points for the Knights here in this first half.
Trey Quartlebaum checks in for the Terriers and hits a three to tie the game at 28 with 7:14 remaining in the first half.
Williams finds another shooter. This time it’s Baker who knocks down the three, his second of the game. FDU leads 28-25 with 8:54 left in the half.
Atson draws the foul on Baker and hits a pair from the stripe to tie the game at 25. Atson has cracked double digits with 10 points for the Terriers.
Brandon Powell checks in for the Knights and knocks down an open three. Williams with the assist and just like that, FDU has a 25-23 lead at the halfway point of the first half of play.
Rush continues to stay hot. He knocks down another three off the assist by Baker. Rush has now scored 15 of FDU’s 22 points, including 3 three-pointers. The Knights trail 23-22 with 10:38 left in the half.
Atson gets the layup to fall as Callum Baker checks in and hits a three for FDU. Atson responds with a three of his own to extend the Terriers lead to 23-19. He has 8 points with 11:08 to go in the first half.
Rush is feeling it as he hits a deep three off the pass by Williams. He has 12 points, leading all scorers. That shot ties the game at 16 with 13:34 left in the half.
Hawkins finds a cutting Stevanic who lays it in as Rush continues his hot start nailing a mid-range jumper. The Knights trail 14-11 with 14:34 remaining.
Stevanic finds McLean who drills a three to give the Terriers a 12-9 lead with 15:26 to go in the first half.
Hawkins knocks down the jumper off the assist by Higgins as Rush nails a three-pointer with the shot clock expiring to tie it back up. Back and forth contest early on as we are tied at 9 with 16 minutes remaining in the half. Rush has 5 points for the Knights.
Jenkins hits the jumper to give FDU the lead. It is 6-5 Knights with 17:34 left in the first half.
Racine gets to the basket and lays it in. Atson responds with a three on the other end as the Terriers lead 5-4 with 18 minutes remaining in the half.
Rush hits the jumper to get the scoring started for the Knights. Stevanic answers with a layup for the Terriers. The two teams trade baskets to start the game.
The Knights’ starting lineup for tonight is Joe Munden, Brandon Rush, Jahlil Jenkins, Pier-Olivier Racine and Elyjah Williams.
Starting lineup for the Terriers is Rob Higgins, Unique Mclean, Vuk Stevanic, Travis Atson and Chauncey Hawkins.
Good evening everyone and welcome to another men’s basketball live blog. I am Charles Elmo, sports writer for The FDU Equinox, joined by our assistant sports editor Jen Malti with updates during the game. Our Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Scalzo will be producing tonight’s live blog and our student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain will be updating Twitter throughout the game.
The Knights (7-11, 6-6 NEC) are coming off a 95-86 loss to Wagner (6-5, 6-4 NEC) on Saturday night at the Rothman Center. FDU knocked down a program-record 16 three-pointers, but it was not enough to avoid a round robin sweep at the hands of the Seahawks.
The current NEC Standings are as follows:
- Mount St. Mary’s
- Sacred Heart
- Fairleigh Dickinson
- St. Francis Brooklyn
- Saint Francis University (PA)
- Central Connecticut State University
Tonight, the Knights look to bounce back as they tip off the first game of a two-game series with St. Francis Brooklyn (5-8, 5-7 NEC) at 7 p.m. in Stratis Arena inside the Rothman Center.