College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team prepares for a trip to New York, N.Y. on Saturday, Dec. 14 to faceoff against Berkeley College at 5:30 p.m.
Four players are averaging double figures for the Fighting Saints, with Charles Isaac leading the charge. He boasts the highest field goal percentage on the team, shooting 44.4 percent. Isaac ranks first in points per game (13.1), as well as rebounds per game (5.4). The junior is third on the team in assists per game (2.0), resting only behind point guards Darrien White (5.0) and Jared Brown (2.7). Isaac also ranks third in steals per game (1.2), with Tyreke Woodard and Jamiu Oladimeji being tied for first in the category with 1.7 steals per game.
Trent Torain has been a force as of late, and is currently second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game. Over the weekend, he was the only Fighting Saint named to the Doc Greene Tournament All-Tournament Team for his efforts in two games at Juniata College on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. He averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds in games against Juniata and Misericordia University.
Tykreke Woodard averages 10.8 points per game, good for third-highest on the squad, thanks to a recent 26-point performance at Vaughn College on Dec. 10. He also recorded six rebounds and three steals in CSJ's 75-63 loss in against the Warriors. Woodard records the most steals per game for the Fighting Saints, averaging 1.7.
Oladimeji is also leading the team in steals, while rounding out the players scoring double-digits for CSJ. He averages 10.3 points per game, and is currently shooting 40 percent from the field and from beyond the 3-point arc. Oladimeji ranks fifth in assists per game with 1.7. Chris Conway is fourth in assists per game with 1.8, and recently recorded a season-high six assists at Vaughn. He pulls down 5.2 rebounds per game, good for third-most for the Fighting Saints. Conway also recorded his first double-double of the season against the Warriors, tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds.
White and Jonathan Brioso are major contributors in the rebounding realm, as they average 4.8 and 4.7 rebounds per game, respectively.
The Berkeley College Knights (6-1) are defending USCAA Division II National Champions, and have been in that same position for the past two years. On Nov. 19, 2017, their lone loss of the calendar year came at the hands of SUNY Delhi, a common opponent for CSJ and the Knights. Berkeley lost 88-84 to the Broncos, and CSJ fell 83-77 in Delhi N.Y. on Dec. 5.
Thaddeus Hall scored a team-leading 19 points off the bench for the Knights, while also contributing four assists and three steals. Michael Taylor scored 18 points and picked up four rebounds, and Nigel Hemingway recorded 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Mohammed Camara notched 11 points and 11 rebounds against Delhi.
Overall, Taylor leads Berkeley offensively with 16.0 points per game off of 41.9 percent shooting from the field and 40.9 percent shooting from the 3-point line. He also leads the team with six assists per game. Hall averages 14.7 points per game, good for second on the team. Hemingway scores 13.6 points per game on average and Johnnie Green records 11.6 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds per game.
Saturday's matchup marks the final chance for CSJ (0-9) to capture a win before 2018. Their next game is scheduled for Jan. 7 against Fisher College at home at 3:00 p.m.