BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NY – The St. Francis College Brooklyn men’s basketball team (4-6, 4-5 NEC) put forth a valiant come-from-behind effort, but fell to Wagner (4-5, 4-4 NEC), 84-81, in overtime on Friday. The Terriers erased a 14-point first half deficit to force overtime, but were narrowly edged the Seahawks in the extra frame.
After Wagner controlled the first half, the Terriers stormed back in the second half, locked in, and forced overtime by outscoring the Seahawks, 47-33, in the frame. St. Francis opened up the second half on a 7-0 run over the first 2:05 of the stanza. From there, the Terriers continued to chip away at the Seahawks’ lead as the teams went back and forth over the course of the second half.
The Terriers had four players score in double figures and were led by sophomore guard Larry Moreno who scored a career-high 21 points coming off the bench. Moreno was the driving force behind the Terriers’ comeback effort as 18 of his 21 points came in the second half or overtime.
St. Francis and Wagner traded buckets down the stretch. Every time the Seahawks tried to pull away, the Terriers punched right back. With 3:56 to play in the second half, sophomore guard Rob Higgins knocked down a three-pointer to cut Wagner’s lead to 59-58. Wagner would retake a four-point lead, until Moreno knocked down a crucial three-pointer of his own with 2:24 to play to make it 63-62.
Moreno later drilled a three-ball to put the Terriers up 67-66 with 47 seconds to play. Wagner would retake the lead with 20 seconds to go after Delonnie Hunt converted a three-pointer of his own to put Wagner back on top, 69-67. On the following possession, Muenkat tied the game up with seven seconds to go as he grabbed an offensive rebound on his initial shot attempt and made a layup that sent the game to overtime.
Moreno dominated the overtime period as he scored eight points on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor. The Terriers and Seahawks traded buckets over the course of the overtime stanza, but Wagner was able to prevail after graduate guard Unique McLean missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer.
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