College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team defeated Northern Vermont University - Johnson 80-74 on Thursday, Nov. 8. CSJ shot an incredible 49.2 percent from the field as a team to seal the victory.
A combination of sharp shooting, unselfish play and limited turnovers helped CSJ overcome being outrebounded 51-28. The Fighting Saints committed just eight total turnovers to Johnson's 13 turnovers.
The Fighting Saints trailed 39-45 at halftime, and continued to trail until senior Charles Isaac hit an and-one jumper with eight minutes remaining in the contest. Isaac converted the free throw to give CSJ a 65-63 lead. A layup by Johnson's Winston Jones tied the game at 65, but Isaac responded 20 seconds later with a steal and dunk to regain the Saints' lead.
The two squads traded baskets over the next three possessions. With 4:45 left to play, junior transfer Adley Elician struck from 3-point range to give the Saints a 70-67 lead and spark what would become a 13-7 run for CSJ. He accounted for five additional points before time expired with the score standing at 80-74. Bryan Nunez also hit from long range to help keep the Badgers at bay late in the contest.
Johnson was led by Jones, who tallied 18 points (7-for-10 from the field) and 10 rebounds. Tyhee Taylor also netted 18 points, while disheng off three assists and tallying two rebounds and one steal. Donell Shaw recorded 11 rebounds, eight points and three assists.
Elician had a breakout game at the point guard position for CSJ. He recorded 20 points, two assists and two steals. The junior shot 7-for-9 from the field and 4-for-5 from long range. Three other Fighting Saints recorded double-digit figures. Isaac finished the contest with a game-high 24 points (9-for-15 from the field) and five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Mickalous Snowden had 14 points (including four 3-pointers) and four assists, and Brian Kennedy recorded 15 points, three assists and two rebounds off the bench for CSJ. Nunez had four assists along with a timely 3-point shot.
CSJ plays the final game of the Northern Vermont University Classic against NVU-Lyndon on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm. A live stream of the contest can be watched here.