Higgins helps Terriers top Hartford
Senior guard scores 20 points in road win for SFC Brooklyn
Senior guard Rob Higgins scored a season-high 20 points to lift St. Francis Brooklyn to a 67-51 victory over non-conference rival Hartford Saturday afternoon in front of 218 fans at Connecticut’s Chase Arena.
Higgins, who earned Northeast Conference Prime Performer honors for his efforts, went 6-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
The New Jersey native also had three rebounds, a pair of assists and didn’t commit a single turnover in a team-high 32 minutes as the Terriers (5-6) won for the third time in their last five contests.
Josiah Harris and Larry Moreno added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for SFC, which will try to make it two wins in a row Thursday vs. Medgar Evers at The ARC in Brooklyn.
The Terriers will begin their NEC slate on New Year’s Eve at Central Connecticut State.
The Long Island University men’s squad will try to end a season-high nine-game losing streak Thursday when it hosts Purchase College at Downtown’s Steinberg Wellness Center.
Sophomore guard Andre Washington scored a career-high 19 points in his season debut after missing the season’s first 10 games due to injury Sunday, but the Sharks suffered a 115-79 loss at James Madison in front of 2,785 fans at Atlantic Union Bank Center.
Washington, a native of Staten Island, went 8-of-16 from the floor, but was hardly the Sharks’ biggest threat.
Marko Maletic made the most of his second start, amassing a career-high 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including five 3-pointers.
LIU will open NEC play Dec. 29 vs. Wagner at the Wellness Center.
On the women’s side, LIU’s Mariah Elohim earned NEC Co-Rookie of the Week honors Tuesday after putting up a career-best 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting in a loss to Columbia in Downtown Brooklyn last week.
The Westlake, California native is averaging 7.6 points per game this year and will be back on the hardwood along with the rest of the Sharks (2-9) at Manhattan College Thursday.
The SFC ladies will play their seventh consecutive road contest Wednesday at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The Terriers (1-10), who haven’t won since their season opener against the College at Old Westbury, will open NEC action vs. Merrimack at The ARC on Jan. 2.
LIU’s NEC opener is also slated for Jan. 2 against visiting Fairleigh Dickinson.
In local Division III hoops news, the City University of New York Athletic Conference on Monday named Brooklyn College junior guard Ericka James its Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
James, who earned the honor for the first time in her BC career, poured in a season-high 28 points in a 72-56 win over William Paterson last Tuesday at the West Quad Center.
The Brooklyn native and James Madison High School alum James leads CUNYAC in 3-point shooting percentage at nearly 41 percent.
The Bulldogs (4-6) will return to action Dec. 30 at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA.
The BC men (2-9) will be off until Jan. 3, when they host conference rival John Jay College.
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