By Sheldon Gomes
After being awarded a not-so-satisfying victory against Mount St. Mary’s. Due to a COVID-19 cancellation, The Knights were able to achieve the real thing with a 70-62 win versus Saint Francis Pennsylvania.
FDU was able to get off to a strong 17-6 lead early in the game and never looked back. Despite some determined runs from the Red Flash to get the game within reach on a few occasions, the Knights were able to dominate a majority of the game as they led by as many as 19.
Overall, FDU was able to finish shooting 28-59 (47.5 %) and 8-22 (36.4 %) from three. They also shot 6-12 (50%) from the free-throw line.
Although the shooting from FDU wasn’t spectacular, it was the defense that stood out and carried them to victory. The Knights forced Saint Francis Pennsylvania to shoot just 22-62 (35.5%) overall and 3-17 (17.6%) from downtown. The Red Flash were also forced into 13 turnovers but managed to win the free throw battle as they went 15-24 from the line.
Brandon Rush led the way for FDU with an impressive 22 point performance. Sebastien Lamaute was equally impressive as he finished with a double-double compiling 14 points and a game high 15 rebounds. John Square Jr. and Oscar Berry were also able to combine for a strong 23 points in the victory.
Josh Cohen gave Saint Francis Pennsylvania the only efficient performance of the day as he came away with 15 points on 4-6 shooting overall and 7-12 shooting from the free-throw line.
Maxwell Land scored 15 points on 16 shots and Marlon Hargis had the next best performance with nine points on nine shots.
The Knights now enjoy a 2-0 record in the NEC standings as they head into the new year after going winless in their 2021 non-conference schedule. This is exactly the start they hoped for after the rough 0-10 stretch to kick off the season.
FDU will focus on continuing to build the momentum when they get set to play their first conference game at home in their matchup versus Merrimack on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.
The Knights won 70-62 against Saint Francis Pennsylvania on 12/31.
Art by Amaya Morales