CRESSON, Pa. – The Franciscan men's basketball team dropped a close Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest to Mount Aloysius, 66-61, Wednesday evening.
"Tonight's game came down to turnovers," remarked head coach Joe Wallace. "We were able to execute in the half court and got good shots. Our ball security has to get better. We continue to play in tight games and it has cost us numerous times this year."
The Barons shot 46.0% from the floor (23-for-50) and won the rebound battle, 41-27. The Barons held the Mounties to 38.0% shooting but Mount Aloysius was 25-31 from the free throw line while Franciscan was 8-for-16. The Mounties forced 18 turnovers while committing just nine.
"When you go on the road you must limit turnovers and play without fouling and we did neither," continued Coach Wallace.
Junior Juwan Perkins led the Barons with 16 points and five steals while freshman Sean Hickey posted 15 points. Sophomore Josh York picked up his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds while classmate Matt Trent led the Barons with 13 rebounds and four points.
"Josh York played with a ton of energy out there. He played like a man," complimented Coach Wallace. "Juwan did a good job of finding driving lanes and played a well on both ends of the court."
The Barons built an 18-7 lead over the first 10 minutes of action, capped by a three-pointer from sophomore Joe Schriner. The Mounties chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the game at 20-20 with 3:29 to play. Mount Aloysius took the lead with the second of two free throws before Hickey hit a three and sophomore Aaron Foldi finished a layup to give Franciscan a 25-21 lead. The Mounties closed out the half with a 9-4 run to take a 30-29 lead into halftime.
The first half opened just as the second ended, with the two teams battling back and forth. The lead changed hands five times in the first 10 minutes of action before Franciscan took a 51-48 lead with 9:30 to play off a layup from York. Three minutes later, the Mounties took the lead back, 54-51 thanks to a pair of Tommy Pisula layups. Perkins tied the game at 54-54 after completing the traditional three-point play. Pisula gave the lead back to the Mounties with a pair of free throws with 5:07 to play and Mount Aloysius clung to the lead for the rest of the contest. York made it a two-point game with 18 seconds left, 63-61, but Mount Aloysius scored the final three points of the game off free throws to seal the 66-61 win.
"We will keep grinding. We need to find ways to win right now. Our urgency is there, but we must start executing better."
Franciscan will host Penn St.-Behrend on Saturday at 2pm.