The College of St. Joseph Men's Basketball team earned a 77-68 point victory over the SUNY Delhi Broncos on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The win came on senior night, which capped off a regular season that saw the Fighting Saints go 13-14 overall and 9-5 in Yankee Small College Conference match-ups. It was also an important game to help CSJ gain some momentum heading into the postseason, which is only days away.
The Saints were fortunate to get big time performances out of all four of their seniors. Kareem Brown and Kyle Houston led the way from the time the ball was tipped at center court. Brown used his 6'8" frame and his athletic ability to help score a team-high 18 points, while pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds. He was aggressive on both ends of the floor, coming up with two blocks and two steals defensively.
Houston put together an all-around masterpiece of a game, filling up the boxscore and coming close to earning a quadruple-double. He accumulated 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and seven steals. He was also patient and efficient, shooting 75 percent from the field and making all of his free-throws. Brown and Houston played all but three minutes of the game, as they carried the Saints to victory.
CSJ held the Broncos to 40.3 percent shooting from the field and 22.2 percent from three-point range. They also forced SUNY Delhi into committing 19 turnovers compared to just 15 for the Saints. The Broncos' leading scorer and all-around best player David Haye was able to score 21 points, but it took him 21 shots to get there, in large part due to the swarming defense of the Saints. CSJ played with maximum effort and were on the same page throughout the entire game. If they can bring that type of approach to the postseason, they are capable of doing some special things.The Saints will face Vermont Technical College in the opening round of the YSCC Elite 8 Tournament on Friday, Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m. The tournament is hosted by Southern Maine Community College.