Teaneck, NJ - Just another reminder. As if it were necessary, the game provided a refreshing of the memory. St. Francis Brooklyn experienced that on Thursday. The Terriers were able to exit Rothman Center on a frigid evening with a perfect conference record still intact.
The Terriers played a strong first half against FDU, taking a 15-point lead into the locker room. In the second half, the Knights defended better, got the offense going and drew even. They could not get the lead, and St. Francis made the plays in the stretch to secure the victory.
When Glenn Braica spoke of the urgency in putting two halves together, he did not imply the Terriers let up after intermission. FDU, he pointed out, is a worthy opponent with a style that can get them back in a game quickly. The St. Francis mentor was simply reiterating how important in today’s game of parity it is to keep up the execution and intensity for both halves.
Braica didn’t specify, but you knew he was referring to conference play as well. The Northeast Conference, where St. Francis leads at 3-0, is traditionally one with surprises at every turn. As one St. Francis assistant remarked, thinking out loud, it still will come down to the final weekend.
Every conference has its upsets. There are the proverbial bumps in the road. As a coach, and player, you do not want to be victimized because you left your game in the locker room at halftime.Greg Herenda of FDU requesting a timeout:
St. Francis' Brent Jones looking to make a move against the Knight defense:
Official Marty Herrick explains a situation to FDU's Malachi Nix:
Andy Maira having a dialogue with Greg Herenda:
Showing off their new uniforms, FDU cheerleaders grace the court during a timeout:
Just behind official Brian Dorsey, St. Francis coach Glenn Braica sizes up the situation:
The mercury barely climbed over single digits, as the sign outside Rothman Center accurately attests: