By Sheldon Gomes
After going on a difficult seven game slide, with two of those losses coming at the hands of COVID-19 cancellations, the Knights were able to bounce back in convincing fashion as they defeated the Blue Devils 75-55.
The Knights were in a close contest with the Blue Devils until they were able to pull away late in the first half. With 03:46 left, the Knights would go on a 9-2 run to take a 12 point lead going into the second half. From that point on it was all FDU as they built their lead up to as many as 25 points in the second half and cruised to victory.
FDU finished with one of their better shooting games of the season, going 31-61 (50.8%) from the floor overall and 10-22 (45.5%) from three. The Knights did have an off day from the free throw line as they shot just 3-10 (30%) but it did not have an impact on the final outcome.
The Knights also did a good job disrupting the flow of offense for Central Connecticut as they forced them to shoot 17-48 (35.4%) overall and just 3-19 (15.8%) from deep. The Blue Devils did win the free throw battle, going 18-24 (75.0%) but in the end it just wouldn’t be enough.
Brandon Rush, John Square Jr. and Devon Dunn all put up big time performances for their squad. Rush and Square Jr. led the way in scoring with 16 points each and a combined 13 rebounds. Rush also came away with five assists while John Square Jr. impacted the defensive end of the court with three blocks. Devon Dunn also came away with 14 points and knocked down four three pointers. Dunn also helped out in playmaking as he also totaled five assists like his teammate Brandon Rush.
The Blue Devils were led by Andre Snoddy in scoring as he came away with 14 points and ten rebounds to finish with a double-double. Nigel Scantlebury was the second leading scorer with 12 points but shot just 4-12 overall.
The Knights now sit at 3-7 in the NEC standings and remain in eight place, but if they are able to rack up some wins they could see themselves jump up quite a bit as there are three other teams who hold a 3-7 record as well. FDU will have their chance to build some much needed momentum in the next game when they take on one of those 3-7 teams, St. Francis Brooklyn on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
The Knights were able to bounce back in convincing fashion as they defeated the Blue Devils 75-55.
Art by Sheldon Gomes