College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team dropped two contests at home over the weekend. On Friday, Dec. 7 the Fighting Saints fell to New Hampshire Technical Institute 107-67; on Saturday, Dec. 8 CSJ took a 126-84 loss to the University of Maine - Fort Kent (UMFK).
The NHTI Lynx improved to 11-1 with Friday's win. CSJ dropped to 5-10. NHTI shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line, while the Saints shot 33 percent from the field and 21 percent from three. CSJ trailed by just 13 at halftime (46-33), but NHTI seemingly could not miss in the second frame and outrebounded the Fighting Saints 22-13.
Charles Isaac Jr. led CSJ with 20 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Mickalous Snowden had 18 points and Bryan Nunez scored 11 off the bench for the Saints and had three assists. J'Quavious Thurmond scored a game-high 22 points for the Lynx. Sam Dorissaint had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for NHTI.
On Saturday, Fort Kent went on a 15-4 run in the final three minutes of the field half to gain a 59-38 lead by halftime. Freshman BryanNunez scored 20 of CSJ's 38 first-half points. He shot 7-for-10 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line. Jarid Walton scored 16 first-half points for the Bengals.
Fort Kent outscored CSJ 67-46 in the second half to improve to 4-9 on the season. The Saints fell to 5-11. Chance Cole scored 26 points for UMFK in the second frame. Nunez and Isaac had 13 second-half points apiece for CSJ.
The Bengals shot incredibly right out of the gate: 60 percent from the field, 56 percent from 3-point range, and 64 percent from the free throw line. CSJ improved their shooting in the second half from the first, and finished with an average of 48 percent from the field, 38 percent from three and 50 percent (20-for-40) from the foul line.
Nunez finished with a career-high 33 points and had four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Isaac recorded 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. Snowden shot 5-for-11 from beyond the 3-point arc and had 17 points, two rebounds and two steals. Cole led Fort Kent with 33 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
The Fighting Saints will have over a month to shape their craft as they await their next game, after the winter recess, on Jan. 11 against Villa Maria College.