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SFC and LIU ready to roll into NEC play

Terriers and Sharks enter conference schedule off big wins

December 28, 2022 John Torenli, Sports Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Larry Moreno scored 20 points to lift St. Francis Brooklyn to its second straight victory last Thursday, an 89-66 triumph over visiting Medgar Evers in front of 104 fans at The ARC.

The Terriers (6-6) split their 12 non-conference games, but enter the all-important Northeast Conference schedule with a 5-1 home record.

SFC will open NEC play at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Central Connecticut State in New Britain, Conn.

Moreno wasn’t alone in guiding the Terriers past the Cougars (3-5, 0-1 CUNYAC).

Rob Higgins put up 10 points to become the 34th player in SFC history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

DiAndre Howell-South added 16 points off the bench and Max Egner added 10 for the Terriers, who have won four of their last six contests overall.

Over at Long Island University, the Sharks (2-10) ended their season-high nine-game losing streak just in time for NEC action with a 95-58 rout of visiting Purchase College last Thursday in front of 412 fans at the Steinberg Wellness Center.

Jacob Johnson and the LIU Sharks will be at Downtown’s Barclays Center Thursday to open NEC play vs. Wagner. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics

Redshirt sophomore Jacob Johnson poured in a game-high 22 points and Marko Maletic added 21 as the Sharks geared up for Thursday’s league opener vs. Wagner at Downtown’s Barclays Center with their first victory since a 111-50 demolition of Mount St. Vincent on Nov. 14.

LIU will also host Sacred Heart at the Wellness Center on New Year’s Eve.

On the ladies’ side, the Sharks will try to end a season-high eight-game losing streak Thursday when they visit Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.

LIU (2-9) hasn’t won since toppling Hartford, 70-54, on Nov. 12.

Inactive since a humbling 90-47 home loss to Columbia on Dec. 13, the Sharks will open NEC play Monday vs. Fairleigh Dickinson at the Wellness Center.

The SFC ladies will be happy to jump into conference play after dropping 11 in a row following a season-opening win over the College at Old Westbury on Nov. 7.

Reigning NEC Player of the Week Alyssa Fisher scored a career-high 30 points in a heartbreaking 53-52 loss to Lafayette in Easton, Pennsylvania on Dec. 21.

Fisher went 10-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-16 from 3-point range. She also grabbed three rebounds and drained all three of her free throws for the Terriers (1-11), who will try to get off to a fresh start in the NEC on Monday vs. Merrimack at The ARC.

Alyssa Fisher will lead the SFC Brooklyn women’s team against Merrimack in the NEC opener at The ARC next Monday. Photo courtesy of SFC Brooklyn Athletics


Over at Division III Brooklyn College, the Lady Bulldogs will be at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pa., Friday afternoon seeking their second straight win after beating William Patterson at the West Quad Center on Dec. 13.

Senior guard Ericka James put up 28 points in that contest to earn the CUNYAC Player of the Week award while previous honoree Gianna Gotti added 16 points, nine assists, eight steals, and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-6, 1-0 CUNYAC).

The BC men (2-9, 0-1) will host John Jay College next Tuesday seeking their first conference win of the year and second victory in the last three contests.

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