Saints drop contest versus Juniata on Friday

Saints drop contest versus Juniata on Friday

The Fighting Saints' men's basketball game traveled to Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. over the weekend for a two-game stint against NCAA participants in the Doc Greene Tournament. On Friday, Dec. 8, CSJ fell 90-54 to an efficient Juniata squad.

In their first game, the Fighting Saints faced host Juniata and were handed a 90-54 loss. Trent Torain led CSJ's offense with 12 points, including a 4-for-4 effort from the foul line. Torain added five rebounds, as well. Kadeem Riddick led the Saints with 11 rebounds and also recorded four points. Kreem George scored nine points, six of which were from the charity stripe. Tyreke Woodard notched 8 points, while Charles Isaac picked up seven.

Isaac opened the game's scoring with a layup off a Riddick assist. Damon Rickens made a 3-pointer on the other end in response. Next, the Eagles' Marcus Lee capitalized on a CSJ miss with a layup of his own. He was fouled on the play and registered a free throw for a 6-2 lead.

A CSJ turnover led to Seth Brewer extending Juniata's lead to 8-2, but Isaac cut his team's deficit in half with a jump shot. He then stole the ball on the next possession and brought the score to 8-6. Rickens notched his second 3-pointer for a 11-6 lead within the first three minutes of play. Quadarius Spence and Riddick recorded field goals for the Saints to make it a 11-10 game with just under seven minutes to play in the first half.

Lee scored a layup twenty seconds later, and Brandon Martinazzi followed suit. Martinazzi then scored a jumper and Brewer notched two free throws. Trent Torain broke the streak after an offensive rebound led to an and-one layup and a made free throw, making the game 19-13.

The Fighting Saints did not come within six points as time went on, and the Eagles finished the half on a 19-2 run in the final five minutes of first-half play. With the score 48-29 at the half, Rickens swished a 3-pointer to open the second half, and the Eagles maintained the 20-point lead for the remainder of the game.

The Saints endured lock-down defense by Juniata. The Eagles limited CSJ to 3-22 shooting from 3-point range (13.6 percent) and 17-60 shooting from the field (28.3%). Meanwhile, the disciplined Juniata squad shot impressively, going 7-15 from beyond the 3-point arc (46.7%) and 31-62 from the field (50%).