Fighting Saints’ fourth-quarter lead squandered by Clippers

Fighting Saints’ fourth-quarter lead squandered by Clippers

College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team dropped a contest 77-74 at UMaine-Machias on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Machias' Travonne Thompson scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and Darius Clark went 4-for-6 from 3-point range en route to 21 points, and delivered six assists, to carry the Clippers.

Charles Isaac paced the Saints with 20 points and three assists. Trent Torain added 16 points, and Jamiu Oladimeji finished with a personal season-high 13 points, four steals and three assists.

Machias led the majority of the first half, but a 10-0 run in the final three minutes allowed CSJ to boast a 38-33 lead at halftime. Isaac shot 4-for-7 from the field to score 9 points in the first frame, and also recorded 3 rebounds and two assists. Oladimeji notched each of his game-high four steals, while also contributing seven points and three assists.

The Clippers were quick to regain the lead after halftime. This time, though, the Fighting Saints rallied throughout the half, which had several lead changes. Thompson and Clark each had 11 points going into the second half, wherein UMM pulled together a more balanced attack. In addition to Thompson's 13 second-half points and Clark's 10, fellow starters Thomas Papagionopolis and Jesse Gray contributed 9 and 7 points, respectively.

For the Saints, Torain stepped up with 11 points and Tyreke Woodard pitched in with 8. Isaac also recorded 11 points in the second frame, and Oladimeji managed six. With two minutes to play in the game, CSJ had a 70-64 advantage.

The Clippers converted on turnovers in the next minute-and-a-half to lead the game with under 30 seconds to go. The Fighting Saints were unable to finish a chance at a layup to tie the game, forcing them to foul and send UMM to the charity stripe in order to stop the clock. Ultimately, the Clippers won 77-74 and improved to 4-5 on the season.

The Saints dropped to 0-5, but will have a chance at victory on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at SUNY Delhi at 7 p.m.