Terriers take two wins at SFU

Patrick Emilien had eight points in overtime on Saturday as SFC Brooklyn won their third straight game at SFU. Photo courtesy of SFC Brooklyn Athletics

Patrick Emilien scored eight of his 21 points in overtime on Saturday as the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s basketball team earned its third straight victory, an 80-72 triumph at St. Francis University (Pennsylvania) in front of 818 fans at the Maurice Stokes Athletic Center in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Emilien, a graduate student from Toronto, Ont., finished 7 of 13 on the ground and grabbed seven rebounds as the Terriers (10-17, 7-9 Northeast Conference) climbed into sole possession of sixth place. from the NEC as the league tournament approaches early next month.

SFC are two games ahead of seventh-placed Fairleigh Dickinson with two regular-season games remaining, including Thursday’s visit to second-placed Bryant at Remsen Street.

Rob Higgins and Michael Cubbage added 20 points apiece for the Terriers, who are 10-9 since the start of the campaign with eight straight losses.

The SFC Women secured the second seed of the NEC Tournament on Saturday at SFU, emerging with a 57-54 victory in overtime for their fourth straight victory.

The Terriers (15-8, 11-4) are two games behind first place in FDU with three games remaining, including Thursday night’s game at Bryant in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Ally Lassen scored a team-high 17 points and Alyssa Fisher had 11 for SFC, which has never finished higher than third in the NEC tournament standings.

Ally Lassen and the St. Francis Brooklyn Women’s Basketball Team finished the second seed in the NEC Tournament on Saturday in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of SFC Brooklyn Athletics

At Long Island University, the Sharks earned their fourth straight win, a 66-61 triumph over Mount St. Mary’s in front of 2,625 fans at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Ty Flowers and Eral Penn had 13 points apiece for the Sharks (13-13, 10-6), who clinched the No. 3 seed in the NEC Tournament and will host a game at the Steinberg Wellness Center on Flatbush Avenue on March 2. in the quarter-final round.

The Sharks have two games left before the playoffs, including Thursday’s home game against Merrimack College.

LIU’s women’s team earned back-to-back victories and honored the program’s 2001 NEC Championship team with a 60-46 rout of visiting Mount St. Mary’s on the senior day at the Wellness Center.

Fourth-year guard Kennedy Taylor scored 13 points and Brandy Taylor added 12 for the Sharks (7-16, 7-8), who sit fifth in the NEC standings with three games remaining, including Thursday’s visit. at Merrimack College.

LIU’s women’s hoops team celebrated senior day with a big win at home to Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics

The top nine teams from the women’s and men’s leagues will qualify for the end-of-season NECs.

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In local Division III action, the Brooklyn College men’s team were toppled by top-seeded Lehman on Saturday in the Bronx in the first round of the CUNYAC Championships, suffering a season-ending 71-54 loss despite a Kayin Olajide’s team record 17 points. .

The BC Women, ranked first overall with a perfect score in CUNYAC action, were scheduled to host Hunter College on Tuesday night in their first-round match at the West Quad Center.

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In professional sports news, ESPN reported Monday that the Brooklyn Nets are set to officially sign veteran free agent guard Goran Dragic for the remainder of the season.

Dragic started the season in Toronto before being traded to San Antonio, where he had his contract bought out.

The Nets, who are still waiting for New York’s vaccination mandates to change so they can bring Kyrie Irving back to the hardwood in Brooklyn, will return from the All-Star break on Thursday when they host Boston here at downtown Barclays Center. .

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