College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team was defeated 115-75 on Saturday, Dec. 16 by Berkeley College in N.Y. It was the last contest before a three-week game hiatus surrounding Christmas break.
Despite the loss, Jonathan Brioso had a breakout game for the Fighting Saints. He shot 8-for-14 from the field and 4-for-5 from the foul line for a team-leading 20 points. Trent Torain shot an unprecedented 100 percent from all areas of the court: 6-for-6 from the foul line and 3-for-3 from the field, including 1-for-1 from 3-point range. Torain totaled 13 points and three steals.
Quadarius Spence and Tyreke Woodard also scored double figures in the loss. Spence recorded 10 points off of 3-for-4 shooting from the field, and had three rebounds and one block. Woodard notched a team-high four assists to accompany his 10 points. Every CSJ player who saw game time notched at least one score in the loss.
The Knights stormed to a 62-37 halftime lead and never looked back. Michael Taylor scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first frame, and Ricardo Ayuso went off for 12 of his 15 total points. Berkeley shot 46-for-77 as a team, which totals a staggering 59.7 percent shooting from the field. They also shot above-average from the 3-point line, converting 10-for-23 for 43.5 percent.
CSJ outpaced Berkeley in free throw percentage, 79.3 percent (23-for-29) to 72.2 percent (13-for-18), but did not have nearly as many opportunities to score. The Fighting Saints took 55 shots and made 24, totaling 43.6 percent shooting from the field, an impressive display in its own right. The Saints' 3-point shooting was a different story, with a 4-for-23 performance totaling a 17.4 percentage from distance.
CSJ had a slight edge in rebounding, pulling down 34 as a team to Berkeley's 33. But turnovers plagued the Fighting Saints throughout the contest, and they recorded 37 to the Knights' 18. Berkeley performed the way a defending USCAA Division II Champion would be expected to on their home court.
The Fighting Saints play next in a string of home games beginning Jan. 7 versus Fisher College at 3:00 p.m., with the women set to play just before at 1:00 p.m.