COLLEGES Stags’ rally comes up short
FAIRFIELD — Jibreel Faulkner scored 16 points, Isaiah Reese grabbed nine rebounds and added 15 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, and Canisius rallied to beat Fairfield 73-68 on Saturday.
Takal Molson’s fast-break layup tied it at 37, Reese hit his go-ahead 3, and Canisius led 45-38 on Molson’s free throws after a 10-2 run on 73-percent shooting. Faulkner’s 3 made it 60-47 before the Stags rallied on a 9-3 run and closed to 71-68 on Aidas Kavaliauskas’ free throw with four seconds left. Reese iced it with two from the line.
Calvin Whipple and Jesus Cruz hit back-to-back 3s for a 14-6 Fairfield lead, but Canisius rallied and Marcale Lotts’ layup tied it at 22. Cruz made a fast-break layup, Matija Milin added two free throws, and the Stags led 26-25 at halftime.
Malik Johnson scored 11 points and made five assists and Molson finished with 10 points for the Golden Griffins (7-11, 4-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who shot 62.5 percent in the second half and 50 percent overall. Cruz tied his career high with 21 points for the Stags (5-14, 2-5), who have lost three straight. Jonathan Kasibabu scored 16 and grabbed 13 rebounds and Neftali Alvarez scored 11 before fouling out.
ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.) 92, SACRED HEART 85: At New York, Jalen Jordan poured in a career-high 26 points and Chauncey Hawkins came off the bench to score 23 as St. Francis (N.Y.) turned back Sacred Heart.
Jordan made 6 of 13 shots, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, all 11 of his free throws and handed out six assists for the Terriers (11-7, 3-2 Northeast Conference). Hawkins connected on 8 of 17 shots, 3 of 5 from distance, and added three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Glenn Sanabria pitched in with 12 points as the Terriers shot 49 percent from the floor, but 9 of 24 (37.5 percent) from distance.
Sean Hoehn paced the Pioneers (7-11, 3-2) with 25 points on 7-of-14 shooting and a 9-for-9 effort at the foul line. E.J. Anosike finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Reserves Kinnon LaRose and freshman Aaron Clarke scored 13 and 12, respectively.
St. Francis led 41-30 at halftime, but the Pioneers battled back to grab a 50-49 lead on a Hoehn layup and two free throws by Clarke with 14:07 left in the game. Sacred Heart led 81-79 on an Anosike layup with two minutes remaining, but Jordan hit a jumper, Hawkins made two free throws and Sanabria buried a 3 in a 7-0 run and the Terriers picked up their second straight win.
SACRED HEART 68, ST. FRANCIS (N.Y) 66: At Brooklyn, N.Y., Katherine Haines had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks to record Sacred Heart’s first triple-double.
Haines’ final block came with 17 seconds remaining in the game and the Pioneers clinging to a one-point lead. Her 11 blocks tied the team record.
Adrianne Hagood chipped in with 13 points.
SACRED HEART 3, AIR FORCE 1: At Bridgeport, Jordan Kaplan scored twice and Austin Magera had a goal and an assist to lead the Pioneers.
Liam Clare had two assists for Sacred Heart (6-12-2, 6-8-0 Atlantic).