Snowden’s seven triples not enough for CSJ victory

Snowden’s seven triples not enough for CSJ victory

College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team had an 11-point lead in the first half of play, but ultimately fell 85-82 at UMaine-Presque Isle on Saturday, Feb. 10. Mickalous Snowden accounted for half of CSJ's 14 total 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points.

The game started off slow, with Christopher Kidd's opening layup standing as the only points on the scoreboard for nearly five minutes. Eventually, Maurice Harris notched a layup and Deandre Duncombe converted a jump shot to put the Owls ahead 4-2. Snowden then attempted and made his first 3-pointer of the game to put the Saints back on top, 5-4, at the 14:12 mark.

Presque Isle scored a three of their own and then Snowden swished a jumper to tie the game at seven. With seven minutes to play in the half, Tyreke Woodard and DQ Abernathy hit from downtown to create a 10-point lead for the Fighting Saints. Harris netted a three for the Owls after a Presque Isle timeout to make the game 25-18, but then Deron Walter pulled down an offensive rebound and scored a layup for CSJ to prevent an Owls run.

Trent Torain went 3-3 from the free throw line with three minutes remaining in the first to put CSJ ahead 35-24, their largest lead of the game. After a Harris steal, Presque Isle's Kevin Collins tallied a layup to cut his team's deficit to nine points. The Owls then scored nine unanswered points to tie the game at 35 with 47 second to play in the half.

CSJ's Walter converted another offensive rebound to a layup to take a 37-35 lead. Collins went 1-2 from the foul line at the other end of the court to make the game 37-36, and then Jared Brown performed the same from the charity stripe to send CSJ to the locker room ahead 38-36.

Snowden and Woodard had eight points apiece in the first frame and Torain had seven points, three rebounds. Kidd recorded five rebounds and four points in the first half. Presque Isle kept close defensively to CSJ's leading scorer, Charles Isaac, allowing him just three shot attempts. Though he did not score in the first frame, he contributed three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

The second half proved to be more of a nail-biter. The lead changed nine times before Presque Isle could build a seven point lead with five minutes to play. Kadeem Riddick converted an offensive board to a layup to make the game 69-64, but the Owls' Duncombe responded with a jump shot. Torain went 1-2 from the foul line after a CSJ timeout, and the game was scoreless for one minute until Kim Collins went 1-2 from the line for Presque Isle.

With 2:44 remaining in the game, Snowden hit another jumper to bring the Saints within five points of the Owls. Snowden then hit a 3-pointer thirty seconds later to make the game 72-70. Presque Isle's Collins went 2-2 from the line, then Chacho hit a quick three off a CSJ turnover to extend his team's lead to seven with 1:24 on the clock.

With 1:08 to play, Snowden struck again from three and was fouled in the act of shooting. He scored his earned free throw for a four point play, leaving the Saints trailing by just three points, 77-74, with a minute to play. Isaac came up with a block on the Owls' next possession and then provided an assist to none other than Snowden (from downtown) to tie the game at 77 with 34 second to go.

Collins then went on a quick four point run himself to put the Owls up 81-77. Seconds later Snowden hit a jump shot or CSJ, making the game 81-79 with 11 seconds on the scoreboard. The Saints had to foul to prevent the Owls from letting time tick away, and Chacho stepped up to sink two free throws and put his team up 83-79.

The Fighting Saints then stormed down the court to get a quick shot off. This time Snowden passed the ball off to Woodard for a 3-pointer, making it a one point game. There was six seconds remaining when the Owls executed an inbounds pass, and CSJ almost immediately fouled to stop the clock. Chacho sank both free throws with three seconds on the clock to make the score 85-82. A last second 3-pointer by CSJ was off the mark.

Snowden notched seven of his 10 total made field goals in the second half, including five 3-pointers. His final stat line was 28 points, two rebounds and an assist. Kidd concluded with 11 boards and 10 points. Woodard had 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Isaac went on a timely five-point run at the end of the game and finished with a well-rounded seven points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block. Walter finished with six points, six rebounds and Riddick had five rebounds, four points and three assists.