College of St. Joseph men's basketball team will face UMaine Machias for the second time this season on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt.
In the first matchup between the two squads, the Clippers squeezed out a 77-74 victory in the final minutes of game time. With two minutes to play in the game CSJ had a 70-64 advantage, but the Clippers converted on CSJ turnovers and took a slight lead with 30 seconds remaining. The Fighting Saints just missed what would have been a game-tying layup and were then forced to foul to stop the clock. The Clippers made good on their free throw opportunities and took the win.
In the game against Machias on Dec. 3, Charles Isaac led the Saints with 20 points and three assists and Trent Torain scored 16 points in the loss. For UMM, Travonne Thompson led the way with 24 points and 23 rebounds. Darius Clark scored 21 points and dished off six assists. Jesse Gray netted 13 points and pulled down six rebounds, and Thomas Papagionopolis recorded a game-high eight assists to go along with 11 points.
Going into Sunday's game, Thompson leads the Clippers in scoring (14.1 points per game) and rebounding (14.2 rebounds per game). Gray averages 11.1 PPG and 6.5 RPG, and Clark is scoring 10.8 PPG.
For the Fighting Saints, Isaac has led the squad offensively all season long. Currently he is averaging a team-high 12.5 PPG, as well as 4.7 RPG and 1.9 assists per game. Tyreke Woodard is second on the team in scoring with 11.8 PPG and Torain is third with 11.3.