Lafayette Drops Non-Conference Game at St. Francis, 79-64
Jan. 4, 2005
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Lafayette dug itself a deep hole in the opening minutes, and could never recover as St. Francis (NY) ran away to a 79-64 win on Tuesday. The game was the final non-conference contest before the Leopards open Patriot League action on Saturday against Navy.
St. Francis (4-5) opened the game on a 16-3 run through the initial five minutes thanks to a 7-for-10 team shooting effort and seven points from Tory Cavalieri. The Terriers extended that margin to as many as 22 points in the opening half. Lafayette did not help its cause, committing 14 turnovers before the intermission while shooting 32 percent from the floor. St. Francis, on the other hand, shot 59 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half, as Lafayette looked to grab some momentum and close the margin, Cavalieri opened the session with three-pointers on the first three possessions to advance the Terriers' lead to 52-26. Cavalieri ended the contest with a game-high 23 points, including 5-of-6 shooting from beyond three-point range.
After Cavalieri's barrage of three-pointers and just two minutes into the half, St. Francis took its largest lead of the game, 28 points, when Allan Sheppard knocked down a jumper.
The Leopards (4-8) managed to slice the final margin to 15 points thanks to hot shooting from Paul Cummins and gritty play from Cummins, Leo Stinson, Ted Detmer, Everest Schmidt and Kerry Kenny in the final minutes. Cummins finished with a game- and career-high 17 points that included a trio of three-point field goals.
The Leopards were without Jamaal Douglas for much of the first half after he sustained an injury, but he returned to play 14 minutes in the second half. Lafayette played the entire game without the services of Andrei Capusan and Pat Betley who both missed the game due to injury.
Three players scored in double figures for St. Francis, which competes in the Northeast Conference. Christian Brown scored 13 points, 12 of which came on three-pointers, and Tristan Smith added 10. Besides Cummins, Lafayette had four other players score seven or more points, as reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week Bilal Abdullah scored eight followed by Jamie Hughes, Sean Knitter and Detmer with seven apiece.
The Leopards won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding St. Francis 40-35, but Lafayette committed 21 turnovers to St. Francis' 18.
Lafayette next hosts Navy at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Kirby Sports Center in the opening weekend of Patriot League play.