WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The last time reigning Atlantic Sun champions North Florida saw a team from the NEC, it was on a neutral court, just as it was Saturday at Hartford’s Chase Family Arena.
Of course, there were quite a few more people in attendance back in March when Robert Morris upended North Florida in an NCAA Tournament play-in game. It could have been St. Francis Brooklyn with a break here or there in the NEC finals, remember.
But a season later, North Florida – with most of its core group returning – appears ready to make a return NCAA run, while the Terriers – like most of the NEC – are still trying to find their way, as the Ospreys scored a whopping 1.63 points per possession in the first half to build a huge lead and coasted to a 78-65 win in front of about 100 diehards on a neutral floor.
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Army led by as many as 12 points at the Pope Center on Wednesday night, but a late run closed the gap for St. Francis Brooklyn and gave Brent Jones a decent look from three to tie the game. Unfortunately that attempt clanged off the left rim. Army moved to 3-0 on the young season, while the Terriers fell to 0-2.
Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Army 74, St. Francis Brooklyn 71”
NEC fans are certainly aware of the “6 on 5 scandal” that reached a national audience yesterday, thanks to Deadspin. It happened in the NEC quarterfinal between Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis Brooklyn last Wednesday evening. Continue reading “A Great Comeback, An Official’s Oversight, and a Stunning Collapse”
A few times last season St. Francis Brooklyn did the unthinkable – played zone defense. The Terriers have hung their hat on tough, man-to-man defense during head coach Glenn Braica’s tenure, but due to injuries and personnel SFC was forced to occasionally play zone defenses in hopes of slowing down the NEC’s high-powered offenses. Continue reading “St. Francis Brooklyn Brings In Athletic Reinforcements”