College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team hosts Villa Maria College (14-1) in their first game of 2019 on Friday, January 11 at 7pm. The Fighting Saints went 5-11 in the first semester of their 2018-19 season.
Villa Maria kicked off 2019 with games against Newport News Apprentice School and Stratford University, both in Virginia, on Jan. 4 and 5. They defeated Newport 78-73; Jonathan Pozo scored a game-high 21 points and Gerald Bibbs scored 18 off the bench. The Vikings took home a 97-95 win over Stratford; DeJaun Owens scored a game-high 39 points.
Last semester, the Vikings took on UMaine-Fort Kent on Nov. 3 and Fisher College of Nov. 2. Villa defeated Fisher 97-66 and Fort Kent 99-97. Four of Villa's starters scored 15 points or more against the Falcons, with Lonnie Taylor being high-scorer with 16. In a tight contest versus UMaine, Taylor again scored 16 for Villa and Dominic Douglas netted a game-high 25 points (10-for-21 shooting from the field). Two bench players scored double figures against Fort Kent and Owens had 13 points.
Five players average double figures in scoring for Villa Maria. Owens leads the Vikings in scoring this season, averaging 17.1 points per game (PPG) with the help of a 3-point shooting average of 40 percent. Douglas averages 13.5 PPG and Taylor is scoring 10.7 PPG.
CSJ has also faced Fisher and UMaine-Fort Kent. On Nov. 16, the Saints defeated Fisher 82-73. Mickalous Snowden dropped 31 points in the victory, while Charles Isaac Jr. recorded 15 points, 10 rebounds. Brian Kennedy added 13 points off the bench. CSJ took on Fisher again on Nov. 28 in Boston and lost 110-90. Isaac scored 42 points for the Fighting Saints. On Dec. 8, CSJ played Fort Kent and fell 126-84. Freshman Bryan Nunez scored 33 points in the loss.
Following Friday night's home game, the Saints are back on the road to take on Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Science on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7pm.