BUFFALO, NY – The Franciscan men's basketball team was tripped up by Medaille on Saturday as the Baron dropped the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest 74-52, Saturday afternoon.
The Barons shot 40.0% from the floor (22-for-55) before 15 points from freshman Sean Hickey and 11 points from sophomore Matt Trent. Trent posted his third double-double of the season with 11 rebounds as Franciscan out-rebounded the Mavericks 45-44.
"We knew going in Medaille was going to try a push the tempo and really try to disrupt us in our half-court offense" remarked head coach Joe Wallace. "I thought we did a great job of handling it and got good possessions. We just didn't finish. We left a lot of points on the board. Sean played a good all-around game today. He guarded one of the best players in the league and made smart offensive plays. He continues to improve and is gaining confidence. Matt had another double-double and his ceiling is so high. It's our job to keep pushing him."
The Barons and Mavericks played a close first half as neither team could pull away within the first five minutes. The Mavericks took an 11-8 lead before Trent made a layup with 14:19 to play to cut the lead to 11-10. Medaille went on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to build a 19-10 lead. Senior Keoni Sablan made back-to-back layups on the next two Baron possessions to cut the deficit to five, 19-14, but Medaille used a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes to push its lead to 34-16 and maintain the double-digit lead for the rest of the contest. Franciscan closed out the first half with a 12-5 run over the last five minutes, capped by a pair of free throws from Juwan Perkins to narrow the gap to 11, 39-28, at the break.
Medaille pushed its lead to 45-28 in the four 3:09 of the first half with a 6-0 run but Perkins interrupted the Mavericks with a three-pointer to cut the lead back down to 45-31. Hickey got the deficit back to 11 with a three of his own with 14:53 to play, 47-36, but that would be as close as the Barons could get for the rest of the contest. The Barons battled until the final horn, but could not overtake the Maverick lead as Medaille won 74-52.
"Their transition game is one of the best we will face and we needed to have them take the ball out of the net more," remarked Coach Wallace. "Our half-court defense was extremely urgent and physical. We just need to finish offensive possessions. Our effort and toughness were there tonight. We out-rebounded them and had limited turnovers."
The Barons look to get back in the winning column as they travel to Mt. Aloysius on Wednesday for a 6pm AMCC contest.