By Sheldon Gomes
The Knights suffered another tough loss this season, falling to Princeton 79-89 Sunday afternoon.
FDU Knights head coach Greg Herenda was absent for the non-conference matchup due to a severe cold. This was the first game that Herenda missed this season.
Assistant coach Pete Lappas filled the vacancy for the Knights and assumed Herenda’s head coaching duties.
The Knights were able to storm back into the game at the end of the first half after trailing by as many as 14 points. FDU was then able to tie the game and keep it closely contested throughout the second half. Princeton was able to hold on and ice the game with a bigtime three from Ethan Wright to put his squad up nine with 1:53 left in the game.
Overall, FDU played a pretty solid game. They shot 28-61 (45.9%) from the floor and an efficient 13-24 (45.2%) from three as well. They were also able to convert on 10 of their 11 free throw attempts (90.9%).
Princeton was just able to get a little more offensive production as they finished 32-62 (51.6 %) overall and 11-29 (37.9 %) from deep. They also got to the line nine more times than FDU but only made 14 of 20 attempts (70%).
This was another loss that came with some positives for FDU as they saw their star guard Brandon Rush continue his solid play, putting up 27 points with 5 made three-pointers. Devon Dunn followed with a 12 point performance on just 3-11 shooting. Ibrahim Wattara, Sebastien Lamaute and John Square Jr. also combined to contribute 26 points.
FDU could not do much to stop the spectacular play of Ethan Wright, who came away with a career high 29 points and a strong 10 rebounds. Wright also had help from his teammates with Tosan Evbuomwan contributing 19 points, Ryan Langborg scoring 18 points and Jaelin Llewellyn putting up 15 points.
The Knights hope to get Head Coach Greg Herenda back when they take on the Manhattan Jaspers in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.
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The Knights lose to Princeton, 79-89.
Art by Sheldon Gomes