By Sheldon Gomes
FDU was defeated in an ugly contest in Staten Island, N.Y. against the Wagner Seahawks, 95-64.
Despite seeming like they would be able to hang around with the Seahawks early in the first half of the game, the Knights would go into an offensive drought as Wagner blitzed them with an 11-0 run.
From that point on, things only got more difficult as the Seahawks went on another big 12-0 run to open the second half and put the game completely out of reach for the Knights. FDU trailed by as many as 36 points in the game.
The overall shooting numbers for FDU weren’t terrible as they still managed to shoot 20-49 (40.8%) from the floor, but it was the 3-point shooting that hindered them as they only converted on two of their 15 long distance attempts (13.3%). The Knights’ free throw shooting was decent on the night as they cashed in on 22 of the 30 foul line shots.
Wagner, on the other hand, had a solid offensive performance. They finished the night shooting 39-68 for a stellar 57.4% made field goal percentage. The Seahawks also struggled a bit from three, but still finished with more made-threes on better efficiency than the Knights as they shot 5-17 (29.4%). They also shot better from the free throw line on the night going 12-16 (75%).
Antoine Jacks finished as the leading scorer for FDU with 11 points. John Square Jr. also turned in another solid performance as he finished with ten points on 4-6 shooting followed by eight points from Sebastien Lamaute and seven points each from Devon Dunn, Brandon Rush and Ibrahim Wattara.
Wagner finished the game with four of their players in double digits. Alex Morales led the effort in a great all around performance with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Elijah Ford added 16 points and only missed one shot on the night, finishing 8-9. Raekwon Rogers and Will Martinez also contributed 14 points each in the victory.
It is still very early in the NEC schedule but the Knights are now 1-2 in matchup outcomes not impacted by COVID-19 and sit at eighth place in the standings.
FDU now looks ahead to St. Francis Brooklyn who they will face at home on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.
FDU lost to the Wagner Seahawks on Monday, 95-64.
Art by Amaya Morales