Despite eight points from Mickalous Snowden in the final minute of play, College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team fell to UMaine Augusta 96-87 on Sunday afternoon. CSJ was forced to foul at the end of the game to stop the clock and UMA sealed the win by shooting an impressive 9-for-11 from the foul line in the second half.
Kadeem Riddick got CSJ on the board first in style, soaring to the basket for a dunk off a Jonathan Brioso assist. Charles Isaac double the score with a jump shot before UMA's Jordan Holmes sped coast to coast for a layup. Holmes then received a pass from Dustin Simpson-Bragg and made a three pointer, giving the Moose a 5-4 lead. Seconds later Holmes stole the ball and scored his seventh straight point before CSJ called for a 30-second timeout.
After the short break, Isaac collected the rebound off his own missed layup and converted on his second try. Snowden stole the ball and advanced it to a breaking Isaac, who scored his third basket of the game and gave CSJ the 8-7 lead. Israel Brown responded for the Moose and sank a three point shot off a Nathan Martin assist, giving his team a 10-8 edge.
UMA scored two more layups before Snowden registered a layup for the Fighting Saints. It was Snowden who scored CSJ's next two points, as well, and brought the Saints within three, 15-12. Isaac drove to the basket for a layup and the Moose dropped a free throw to make the score 16-14 with 13 minutes left to play in the half. After a scoreless two minutes, Snowden swished a three to put the Saints ahead, 17-16.
Simpson-Bragg scored a free throw and Martin netted a three pointer of his own to regain the lead for UMA. After two more points by the Moose, Tyreke Woodard subbed into the game and turned an offensive rebound into a layup, bringing the score to 22-19.
After exchanging baskets for the next seven minutes with CSJ trailing throughout, it was Woodard who tied the game at 34 with a layup. Simpson-Bragg scored a three for the Moose, and Woodard answered with his own three off a Snowden assist to once again tie the game.
Holmes scored a layup with a minute to play in the half. A last second three point opportunity was just off the mark for the Saints, sending them to the locker room trailing 39-37.
Two minutes into the second half, Jared Brown fed the ball to Snowden who connected from downtown to bring the Saints within one point of UMA, 47-46. Riddick converted a layup to give CSJ a 48-47 lead and Isaac scored a layup of his own thirty seconds later to extend the Saints' lead to three points.
A crafty Holmes snaked his way through the lane to score for UMA and a minute later, the Moose were once again ahead after a Noah Thompson layup. Thompson then made a three point shot after two missed CSJ free throws and gave UMA a 54-50 advantage.
Both teams traded layups, and midway through the second half Quadarius Spence tied the game at 60. Simpson-Bragg scored for UMA and after a timeout, Darrien White netted a three pointer to give CSJ a 63-62 edge.
A minute later, UMA's Martin made a three pointer to tie the game at 67. Woodard gave CSJ the lead with a layup, and Holmes immediately matched the effort with a layup for UMA. The Moose score six unanswered points before Woodard got another shot to fall for him. With three minutes to play in the game, Spence made a layup for CSJ to bring them within two points of the Moose, 77-75.
Three consecutive three pointers for UMA allowed them a 86-77 lead with two minutes to play in the contest. As time ticked away, the Fighting Saints had to resort to fouling UMA to stop the clock. Snowden's last-minute jump shot and consecutive three pointers were each answered by with points by the Moose, making hopes of a CSJ comeback diminish.
Snowden finished the game with 18 points off 7-for-18 shooting from the field. Isaac led the Fighting Saints with 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Woodard collected 17 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists and Spence grabbed 10 rebounds and scored eight points. For UMA, all five started recording double digit points, with Holmes scoring a game-high 28.
CSJ will play their third game in as many days tomorrow night, Jan. 22, at Williams College at 7 p.m. Video and live stats will be available through the following link: http://ephsports.williams.edu/sports/mbkb/2017-18/schedule.