Fighting Saints drop first contest of 2018

Fighting Saints drop first contest of 2018

College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team fell 110-58 to a SUNY Delhi squad that came out of the tip off with high energy and a hot shooting hand. William Knight was responsible for nearly half of Delhi's 3-pointers, connecting a total of nine to contribute to his game-high 40 points. Tyreke Woodard led CSJ's offense with 18 points.

The Broncos shot an astounding 54.5 percent from the field (36-for-66) and 63.3 percent (19-for-30) from 3-point range. Delhi's offense was not their only weapon, as they stepped into an overwhelming, high-energy full court press from the start of the game. CSJ's shooting touch could not stack up to Delhi's unstoppable offensive performance. The Fighting Saints shot 35.4 percent from the field (23-for-65) and just 17.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (4-for-23).

Delhi opened the contest with a 10-2 run, with Knight converting two 3-pointers and two foul shots and Charles Isaac getting CSJ on the board with a layup. Jonathan Brioso made a strong move to the basket followed by a jump shot to bring CSJ within four points of the Broncos, 10-6, but Knight responded with his third 3-pointer of the game less than five minutes into play.

Over the next 12 minutes, the Broncos went on a 39-4 run while forcing CSJ into 15 turnovers. Isaac and Tyreke Woodard scored for CSJ during the onslaught. With just under three minutes remaining in the half, and the score 49-10, Isaac, Woodard and Deron Walter strung together eight points to finish the half for CSJ.

Knight went 6-for-8 from three for Delhi in the first half and Jake Slobe shot 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Broncos shot 73.3 percent (11-for-15) from 3-point land in the first frame. They shot 60 percent from the field, compared to a CSJ squad that struggled to convert much of anything in the first half - 25.8 percent shooting from the field and 0-for-10 from three.

The second half was more forgiving for the Fighting Saints, who more than doubled their first-half point total. Mickalous Snowden scored four 3-pointers and Woodard scored 12 points. They could not, however, close the gap Delhi created in the first half.

Five players scored double-digit points for Delhi. Knight netted a career-high 40 points, Slobe finished with 16, Jordan Fragale scored 15 points (and had a game-high nine assists), and Carlos Ithier and Terrance McBride each had 10.

Three Fighting Saints reached double-figures. Woodard led CSJ with 18 points, Snowden scored 12, and Isaac had 10. Kadeem Riddick shot 3-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the foul line for eight points. Woodard and Walter had a team-high four rebounds each, and Walter also collected three steals. Jared Brown was the assist leader for CSJ with four.

CSJ dropped to 0-3 in Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play after the loss, while Delhi improved to 2-3. The Fighting Saints play next against UMaine-Fort Kent on Friday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in a game hosted Green Mountain College.