College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team dropped a contest 90-75 to UMaine Fort Kent on Friday, Jan. 12 at Green Mountain College.
The Fighting Saints put together a team effort and led for over 19 minutes in the first frame. Nine out of 10 players who saw the court scored at least one basket. Four CSJ players netted double-digit points, led by Mickalous Snowden with a season-high 20.
Snowden had a hot hand for CSJ from the start of the game, swishing two of his five total 3-pointers from the same spot within the first two minutes of play - giving the Fighting Saints a 6-2 lead. After a Jonathan Brioso jump shot, Jared Brown made a 3-pointer of his own to give the Saints a 11-5 lead five minutes in.
Johnathon Caldwell, Anthony Knight and Benson Arogbo strung together points for Fort Kent, but midway through the half Tyreke Woodard got in on the Fighting Saints' 3-point game after a Charles Isaac layup and put CSJ ahead 16-11.
Kadeem Riddick dunked off a Deron Walter assist with 1:47 left to play in the half, but CSJ watched their lead quickly dissipate from there. Troy Williams netted a 3-pointer for the Begals, bringing his team within six points of CSJ, 29-35. Caldwell scored a layup off an offensive rebound on Fort Kent's next possession and made the score 35-31.
The Saints were off the mark on a shot in their offensive end, and Fort Kent's Bobby Syvanthong rebounded and advanced the ball to Arogbo for a dunk with 21 seconds remaining before halftime.
CSJ was then called for a technical foul. Fort Kent earned two free throws, which Arogbo converted to tie the game at 35, and the ball back under their basket. The out-of-bounds play resulted in Williams' second 3-pointer of the game as time expired, and Fort Kent went into the locker room with a 38-35 lead at halftime.
A Brioso layup at the beginning of the second half tied the game at 40. Fort Kent's Travis Harlin and CSJ's Snowden exchanged layups on the next two possessions to make the score 42-42. From there the Bengals went on a 7-0 run and created a cushion for themselves.
Midway through the second half Quadarius Spence scored 5 straight points to bring the Fighting Saints within eight points of Fort Kent, 56-48, but that would prove be the closest CSJ would get to making a comeback. Snowden scored his fifth 3-pointer of the game with seconds remaining, leaving the score 90-75 as time expired.
Woodard finished with 16 points (6-for-14 from the field) and nine rebounds for CSJ. Isaac scored 10 points, and Riddick contributed 10 points and eight rebounds. Brown had five assists, five points and three steals. Darrien White distributed six assists.
The Saints shot 40.3 percent from the field as a team and edged Fort Kent in 3-point shooting percentage - 36.7 percent to the Bengals' 33.3 percent. However, the Bengals outrebounded CSJ 53-37. Caldwell led the Bengals with a game-high 18 points and Knight had 17 points.
The Fighting Saints play next on Sunday, Jan. 14 versus UMaine Machias at Southern Vermont College at 7 p.m.