College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team dropped a 95-73 contest to SUNY Canton on Monday, Nov. 26. The Fighting Saints are now 5-5 on the year, while Canton improved to 2-3.
CSJ came off the bus ready to play Monday night. They maintained a lead throughout the first 11 minutes of play, largely due to three made baskets by Charles Isaac Jr. and three 3-point jump shots by Mickalous Snowden. It wasn't until Canton's Andrew Fitch made a layup with 8:56 to play in the first half that the Roos caught up to CSJ and tied the game at 23.
Fitch missed a layup on Canton's next possession, but pulled down his own offensive rebound and converted a second consecutive layup to give his team their first lead of the night at 25-23. After two made free throws by Zaavan Pedlar put the Roos up four points, Joseph Ruby knocked down his second 3-pointer of the night to bring CSJ within one, 27-26.
Canton responded with a three of their own to make the game 30-26 before DQ Abernathy beat two defenders for a layup with 6:31 remaining in the half. The Roos outscored CSJ 18-9 for a 48-37 lead going into the locker room for halftime.
After the halftime break, Isaac scored six straight points for the Fighting Saints and Adley Eliacin added a layup to swiftly cut CSJ's deficit to three points, 48-45. Danny Santana and Robert Holliday Jr. answered with a combined five points for the Roos to stretch their team's lead to 53-45. Canton would score five more points before Abernathy recorded a layup for the Saints to make the game 58-47.
A 3-pointer by Snowden at 14:47 made it a 10-point game, 60-50, but CSJ would not come closer than that as the Roos were able to keep CSJ at bay for the rest of the contest.
Isaac led all scorers with 23 points. He also recorded seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Snowden netted 21 points off 7-for-15 shooting from the 3-point line and had three assists and three steals. Ruby had eight points and Bryan Nunez scored six off the bench for CSJ. William Leino pulled down six rebounds and scored four points off the bench. SUNY Canton had five players score double digits, with substitute Pedlar leading the way with 16 points, 10 rebounds.
CSJ will look to get back on the winning track on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in a game at Fisher College at 7pm.