Saints split at Paula Titus Memorial Tournament

Saints split at Paula Titus Memorial Tournament

College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team went 1-1 over the weekend at the Paula Titus Memorial Tournament in Boston, Mass. The Fighting Saints captured an 82-73 win over Fisher College on Friday, Nov. 16 and fell to host UMass Boston 99-72 in the tournament's championship game on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Mickalous Snowden's 31-point performance carried the Saints to their fifth victory of the season Friday night. Snowden had 19 points by halftime thanks to 5-for-10 shooting from the 3-point line. He had eight 3-pointers by the time the final whistle blew. Charles Isaac Jr. finished 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Fighting Saints took advantage of Fisher's 23 turnovers, scoring 25 points off turnovers throughout the game. Better shooting from the foul line could have extended CSJ's lead; the Saints shot 10-for-21 from the free throw line (47.6 percent), including 7-for-17 in the second half. But CSJ shot 45.9 percent from the field in the second frame to seal the 82-73 victory. Isaac netted 13 of his 15 total points in the second half.

The win over Fisher secured CSJ a spot in the Paula Titus Memorial Tournament championship. UMass Boston reached a 14-point lead in the first half but CSJ finished the frame on a 17-8 run to trail by just five points, 39-44, at halftime. Isaac had 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first frame. He shot 8-for-13 from the field 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

The Fighting Saints scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to tie the game at 46 with 18:48 to play in the contest. A 3-pointer by UMass Boston's Charles Mitchell and a layup by teammate Javaris Hill broke the tie. Snowden made a layup for CSJ to put the score at 48-51, but the Beacons responded with a 19-1 run to put the game out of reach for the Fighting Saints.

Four UMass Boston players reached double digit scoring; Mitchell led his team with 17 points. Four other Beacons tallied eight points or more.

Isaac was the only player to score double digits for CSJ. He finished the game with 23 points, three rebounds, and one assists, block and steal. Joseph Ruby shot 3-for-5 from the 3-point line for nine points and collected three rebounds. Brian Kennedy had eight points, including a 4-for-5 performance from the free throw line, and pulled down four rebounds. Jordon Edwards led CSJ in rebounds with five.

The Fighting Saints will have a week's worth of practice before they travel to SUNY Canton on Monday, Nov. 26 for a 7pm match-up.