College of St. Joseph's men's basketball team traveled to Central Maine Community College on Saturday, Jan. 26 and fell 90-60. CSJ senior captain Charles Isaac Jr. scored 29 points, while also recording 7 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists. Atveraging 21.9 points per game, he is currently ranked fifth nationally in scoring in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II.
The Fighting Saints kept the game close for the majority of the first half. CMCC's Josh Chery went 1-for-2 from the foul line to get the home team on the scoreboard first. Mickalous Snowden answered with a made 3-pointer on his first shot of the game to put CSJ ahead early on. Cam Duncan collected a pass by Cody Tozier to tie the contest before Isaac netted a jumper near the paint to make the game 5-3 Fighting Saints.
CMCC again tied the game up, this time at the hands of Rodney Theodore. Isaac's first 3-point attempt hit nothing but net two-and-a-half minutes into the contest to pu the Saints up 8-5. A 4-0 put the Mustangs ahead for the first time since the opening seconds of the contest, but DQ Abernathy converted a foul shot to tie the game at 9.
CMCC then went on a 6-0 run before Abernathy netted a 3-pointer of his own to make it a 12-16 contest. Brian Kennedy scored his first layup of the game with 13 minutes on the clock to bring the Saints within two, 14-16. A CMCC turnover then gave CSJ the chance to tie the game, and Isaac did just that after collecting his own miss and putting the ball back up for a close-range basket. The two teams traded turnovers, and an Adley Eliacin steal resulted in Deron Walter putting the Saints back in the lead, 18-16.
Over a minute passed before either team put the ball in the net, with Elijah Barbour converted a 3-pointer after three consecutive offensive rebounds by the Mustangs. Malik Farley extended CMCC's lead to three, 18-21, with a layup. Isaac cut that lead down to one seconds later off a Bryan Nunez assist and went on to put CSJ ahead 22-21 off a steal by teammate Calvin Gray. Farley scored again to regain the lead for the Mustangs, 22-23.
Farley's layup was the start of a 14-0 run by the hosts, which gave the Mustangs a 22-35 advantage five minutes before halftime. Walter ended the Mustangs' streak with a layup, but CMCC would score 10 more points while Isaac converted on a 3-pointer for CSJ for a 27-45 halftime score.
Isaac scored first in the second frame for the Saints and was fouled to earn a free throw. He completed the three point play. CMCC turned the ball over at the other end of the floor, leading to another Snowden 3-pointer to make the game 33-52. This would be the closest CSJ would get to the tenth-ranked Mustangs for the remainder of play. CMCC scored 45 points in the second half to CSJ's 33.
Isaac finished 12-of-30 from the field and 2-of-5 from three for a game-high 29 points. Snowden had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. Walter finished with 8 rebounds, 6 points and Eliacin recorded 4 steals, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 points. Nunez tallied 5 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists off the bench for CSJ.
Barbour came off the bench to lead CMCC with 17 points. Tozier had 15 points, 11 rebounds. Chery also recorded a double-double by way of 12 points, 10 rebounds. Corey David shot 7-of-12 for 14 points and had 8 rebounds, 5 assists. CMCC improved to 14-6 on the year and moved up to the #9 spot in the USCAA Division II rankings.
CSJ (5-17) faces Bryant & Stratton (Greece) next on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Rochester, N.Y.