Fighting Saints fall to Broncos

Fighting Saints fall to Broncos

College of St. Joseph's men's basketball dropped to 0-2 in the Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference after suffering a 83-77 defeat at SUNY Delhi. The Broncos improved to 1-3 in NIAC play.

Trent Torain and Jamiu Oladimeji led the Fighting Saints in scoring with 15 points apiece. Two other Fighting Saints recorded drouble-digit points, with Jonathan Brioso and Charles Isaac each netting 10. Darrien White led CSJ in rebounds and assists with eight and seven, respectively. Delhi's Jake Slobe led all scorers with 16 points. Jordan Fragale recorded 15 for the Broncos, and Kori Henriquez notched 14 points.

Payton Dean of Delhi opened the scoring with a made layup a minute in. On the ensuing possession, Isaac evened the score with a layup of his own. The Broncos scored four points over the next minute-and-a-half off of layups by Carlos Ithier and Fragale. White scored four points in the next minute to tie the game at 6. After a missed layup by Delhi, Quadarius Spence gave the Fighting Saints their first lead of the game, 9-6 at the 14:20 mark with a 3-pointer.

Stephen Harten cut the Broncos' deficit to two by going 1-for-2 from the foul line after a CSJ foul. The Fighting Saints then committed a turnover on the other end of the floor, and Brandon Grayson capitalized on the opportunity to tie with a jump shot at the 13:50 mark. With the game tied at 9, CSJ called a timeout. Isaac registered a 3-pointer after the break to give the Saints a 12-9 lead. The Broncos responded with a nine point run over the next two-and-a-half minutes to make the score 18-12 and regain the lead.

Trent Torain ended the Delhi streak with a jumper for CSJ, followed by a 3-pointer a minute later. Harten registered a layup at the 8:40 mark to give the Broncos a 20-17 cushion. Fragale immediately followed suit after a steal and gave Delhi a 22-17 lead. Torain scored his second 3-pointer of the game on the next possession, bringing the Saints within two points of the Broncos. Jonathan Brioso tied the game with an and-one layup about thirty seconds later, and converted the earned free throw to give CSJ a 23-22 lead.

Fragale made a 3-pointer on the other end of the court for a 25-23 Delhi advantage with 7:17 to go, but that would prove to be the Broncos' last lead of the half. Torain made a jump shot with 6:19 to play, tying the game at 25. Brioso scored a 3-pointer off of an assist by White to claim a 28-25 CSJ lead. Fragale responded for Delhi and tied the game with a 3-pointer in Delhi's offensive end.

Torain notched his third 3-pointer of the contest on the next possession, reclaiming the lead for CSJ, 31-28. Tyreke Woodard earned an assist on the play. With 4:18 on the clock, Kadeem Riddick got in the 3-point scoring action and extended CSJ's lead to six points. Brioso converted a jump shot forty-five seconds later for an eight-point Fighting Saints lead, 36-28. Damon Denteh ended the CSJ run with a 3-pointer for Delhi with 3:18 to play in the first half.

Woodard was quick to answer, scoring a jumper on the other end of the court to make the game 38-31. Next, Delhi moved the ball around and were rewarded by a dunk from Dean. CSJ point guard White passed the ball off to Woodard for a 3-pointer soon after, giving the Saints a 41-33 lead. Deneth missed a 3-pointer for Delhi, and the ball was back in CSJ's possession. Spence grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled on the put-back to earn a trip to the foul line. He sank both free throws to give the Saints a ten-point lead with two minutes on the clock.

Jake Slobe scored a 3-pointer for Delhi, reducing their deficit to seven, 43-36. Thirty seconds later, Saquan Goland was fouled on a put-back and went 2-for-2 from the foul line, making the game 43-38. CSJ missed two 3-pointers in the last minute gave up a foul to send Fragale to the foul line with five seconds to go before halftime. Fragale scored both foul shots to allow the Broncos' to go into halftime trailing by just three points, 43-40, when the whistle blew for half.

The Fighting Saints kept the lead for the first ten minutes of the first half until Henriquez tied the game at 55. Oladimeji scored eight points in the span, and Torain and Spence each notched two points. Woodard made a 3-pointer with 9:45 to play for a 58-55 CSJ lead, but Grayson was quick to record a layup for Delhi. Slobe scored off a turnover to give the Broncos a 59-58 lead with 9:20 on the clock. 

Back-to-back baskets by Henriquez, a 3-pointer and a layup, put the Broncos up, 73-60, with 6:18 to play. After a timeout, CSJ would then go on a 12-3 run to pull to within three at 75-72 with 2:49 to go. Isaac sparked the run with a 3-pointer and a layup. Slobe made a layup for the Broncos, but was answered by a Spence jumpshot and Oladimeji dunk. Jared Brown then provided an assist on a Oladimaji 3-pointer.

Delhi again added some distance, going up by seven when Slobe and Dean scored, making the game 79-72 with 2:01 to go. The Fighting Saints still wouldn't go away, as Mickalous Snowden cut the Broncos' lead by drawing a foul on a 3-point shot and converted all three free throws. An Oladimeji layup worked Delhi's lead down to two at 79-77 with 23 ticks remaining. Slobe answered by splitting a pair of free throws and CSJ's chances of tying the game were quickly dashed when Harten came up with a steal and made a break for the game-clinching layup with 13 seconds remaining. An Ithier free throw made up the remaining point, 83-77.

The Fighting Saints are preparing for two games this weekend in the Doc Greene Tournament at Juniata College. On Friday, Dec. 8, they kick off the tournament with against host Juniata at 7:00 p.m.