2014–15 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball team
|2014–15 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball|
|2014–15 record||3–7 (0–0 NEC)|
|Head coach||Glenn Braica (5th year)|
|Assistant coach||Clive Bentick (8th year)|
|Assistant coach||Ron Ganulin (2nd year)|
|Assistant coach||Jamaal Womack (2nd year)|
|Home arena||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex
Madison Square Garden
|2014–15 Northeast Conference men's basketball standings|
|Saint Francis (PA)||0||–||0||–||5||–||4||.556|
|Mount St. Mary's||0||–||0||–||3||–||5||.375|
|St. Francis Brooklyn||0||–||0||–||3||–||7||.300|
|† 2015 NEC Tournament winner
As of December 18, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll
The 2014–2015 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball team represents St. Francis College during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Terrier's home games are played at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex. They also hosted one home game at Madison Square Garden against CCSU. The team has been a member of the Northeast Conference since 1981. The team is coached by Glenn Braica, who is in his fifth year at the helm of the St. Francis Terriers. In Braica's previous four seasons the Terriers have made the NEC Tournament.
The Terriers for the first time in the programs history as members of the NEC, were selected as the preseason 2014-15 NEC favorites by league head coaches. The program was also selected to participate in the 3rd annual 2014 Barclays Center Classic and faced Rutgers, LaSalle, Norfolk State and Tennessee State. The Terriers went 1–3, winning the consolation game of the Campus Site Bracket.
The Terriers lost 3 players to graduation; shooting guard Ben Mockford, center Matt Milk, and forward Aleksander Isailovic. The biggest loss being Mockford, who led the team in 3 point shooting and was second in scoring last season. The Terriers also lost 4 players to transfers; Anthony White, P.J. Santavenere, Wayne Martin and Sheldon Hagigal. These four players were suspended last year because of misconduct and their transfers may be related to the event. Martin, Hagigal and White were critical components to last years team.
The Terriers added 7 players to their roster; Keon Williams, Glenn Sanabria, Gunnar Olafson, Chris Hooper, Antonio Jenifer, Jonathan Doss and Tyreek Jewell.
- Sanabria, a 5'11" freshman from St. Peter's Boys High School on Staten Island averaged 13.6 points per game and led St. Peter’s to the Catholic league semifinals, the furthest a Staten Island team has gone in over a decade, and the school’s first Staten Island High School League crown since 2009.
- Olafsson, a 6'2" wing has played for SC Keflavik in his native Iceland for the past two seasons. He averaged 8.9 points and 2.8 rebounds this past year under former Terrier assistant coach Andy Johnston.
- The 6'6" Hooper prepped at Satellite Academy before playing one season at both Kaskaskia College and at Odessa College. Hooper, who averaged 12.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in his senior year at Satellite Academy will have two years of eligibility at St. Francis Brooklyn.
- Jewell is a 6' 1" wing from the Bronx, New York and has 2 years of eligibility for St. Francis. Jewell previously played for Jamestown Community College and is a 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Second Team All-American.
- Doss is a 6’4” wing who will provide the Terriers with another option from behind the arc. Last season, the native of Chicago, Illinois shot 40% from long distance en route to averaging 18 points per game for Eastern Wyoming Community College.
- The 6’7” Jenifer was an NJCAA All-American at Hagerstown Community College during his sophomore season in 2012-13 after averaging 21 points per game while pulling down eight rebounds and shooting 47% in 33 games played.
- The 6’4” Williams, who was selected to play in the prestigious Kentucky/Indiana All-Stars boys’ All-Stars contest at Rupp Arena, scored more than 1,000 points in his career at John Hardin High School and finished fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list. He averaged 18.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.9 blocks per game last year.
|Ben Mockford||3||G||6'2"||175||Senior||Shoreham-by-Sea, England||Graduated, named to Great Britain's senior squad for the EuroBasket and signed with Cáceres of the Spanish LEB Plata league.|
|Matt Milk||33||C||6'8"||220||Senior||Wantagh, New York||Graduated|
|Aleksander Isailovic||25||G||6'4"||185||Senior||Belgrade, Serbia||Graduated|
|Anthony White||44||G||6'2"||190||Sophomore||Mastic, New York||Transferred|
|P.J. Santavenere||11||G||6'2"||175||Junior||Middletown, Connecticut||Transferred to University of Bridgeport|
|Sheldon Hagigal||43||G||6'1"||175||Freshman||Westbury, New York||Transferred to Trinity Valley Community College|
|Wayne Martin||45||F||6'6"||215||Freshman||Brooklyn, New York||
Transferred to Navarro College (JUCO)
|Chris Hooper||15||F||6'6"||230||Junior||Bronx, NY||Junior college transfer from Odessa College|
|Tyreek Jewell||0||G/F||6'1"||180||Junior||Bronx, NY||Junior college transfer from Jamestown Community College|
|Jonathan Doss||14||G/F||6'4"||175||Junior||Chicago, IL||Junior college transfer from Eastern Wyoming College|
|Antonio Jenifer||3||F||6'7"||215||Junior||Hillcrest Heights, MD||Junior college transfer from Hagerstown Community College|
Class of 2014 signees
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Staten Island, NY||St. Peter's Boys High School||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||Mar 26, 2014|
|Scout: N/A Rivals: N/A 247Sports: N/A|
|Reykjavik, Iceland||Menntaskolinn vid Hamrahlid||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)|
|Scout: N/A Rivals: N/A 247Sports: N/A|
|Radcliff, KY||John Hardin High School||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||175 lb (79 kg)|
|Scout: N/A Rivals: N/A 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings:|
In Glenn Braica's first four seasons, the Terriers have made the NEC tournament each year. Going into this season Braica has a combined 60–62 overall record and 39–31 conference record. Last year the Terriers earned the fifth seed in the conference, yet for the fourth season in a row the Terriers were eliminated in the quarterfinals. The Terriers for the first time in the programs history as members of the NEC, were selected as the preseason 2014-15 NEC favorites by league head coaches. St. Francis Brooklyn claimed six first place votes to finish ahead of Central Connecticut, which earned three first place nods. Braica, now in his fifth year, has stressed defense and rebounding since taking over the program in 2010. Last season, St. Francis Brooklyn led the NEC in scoring defense (66.8) and rebound margin (+3.2/game). They also ranked second in field goal percentage defense (.410), three-point percentage defense (.333) and blocked shots (5.3).
The Terriers opened their schedule on the road against Georgetown, where they were looking to upset in the season opener as they did last year against then reigning ACC Champions Miami (FL). The Terriers ended up losing 83–62 to the Hoyas and the all time series between the programs is tied at 1–1; the other time they met was during the 1952–53 season in which the Terriers defeated the Hoyas 77–52. Senior Guard Brent Jones led the team in points (13), assists (6) and steals (4,) but also led in turnovers (8). In the Terriers homecoming game, they hosted the Army Black Knights for Military Appreciation Day. The Terriers were led by a strong performance from Cannon, who had his season first double-double, as the game came down to the wire but in the end they lost 71–74. St. Francis then traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey to face the Scarlet Knights as part of the Barclays Center Classic field where they lost 73–76. For the third game in a row the Terriers out-rebounded their opponents but also turned the ball over 17, 20 and 21 times respectively for a 3-game losing streak. Against Rutgers, St. Francis almost pulled out the upset as they were leading with 1:09 to play yet they came up short and were not helped by Cannon's foul trouble limiting him to playing only 12 minutes. The Terriers were aided by surprising performances from new-comers Jewel, Jennifer and Hooper, as Douglas led the team in points and rebounds. At La Salle the Terriers losing streak increased to 4, as they were defeated 60–73. The Terriers we led by Brent Jones (13 Pts, 3 Ast, 2 Reb and 3 Stl) and Jalen Cannon (11 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl and 1 Blk) yet they could not stop La Salle's Jordan Price, who scored 30 points. St. Francis then traveled to Jersey City, New Jersey to participate in the campus portion of the Barclays Center Classic at the Yanitelli Center, home of the Saint Peter's Peacocks. In the opening round they faced Norfolk State losing 70–72 in overtime, as they were led by Jalen Cannon (23 Pts, 9 Reb and 3 Stl). The loss extended the Terriers losing streak to 5 games making it the first time since the 2011–12 season that they opened a season 0–5. The Terriers five opponents have a combined 19–6 record thus far and they have lost three contests by three points or less. With the loss the Terriers then faced Tennessee State in the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic, where they won 59–57 for their first victory of the season. The team was again led by Jalen Cannon (15 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk) with help from Brent Jones and Kevin Douglas.
St. Francis extended its win streak to 2 games by defeating Liberty 65–54, as they were led by Cannon's and Jones' 16 points apiece. The Terriers then snapped their win streak with a 66–68 loss to NJIT, which had just come off defeating then #17 ranked Michigan. St. Francis next faced Mount St. Vincent at home where they won 90–72 as they were led by Brent Jones (25 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl) and Jalen Cannon (18 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk). For only the third time so far this season the Terriers played at home, against Delaware State where they lost 64–72. The Terriers were once again led by Jalen Cannon (16 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk) who recorded his fifth double-double of the season. The squad was stagnant on offense, only shooting 37% from the floor and 14% from 3-point range and their defense while solid, out rebounding the Hornets by a 45-25 margin, could not slow down Delaware State senior Amere May, who scored 48 points (an NCAA D-I season high).
|2014–15 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball team|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Amdy Fall (C/F)||Lowell Ulmer (PF)|
|PF||Jalen Cannon||Antonio Jennifer||Keon Williams|
|SF||Kevin Douglas (SG/SF)||Chris Hooper||Jon Doss (SG/SF)|
|SG||Tyreek Jewell (SG/SF)||Gunnar Olafsson (SG/SF)||Edon Molic|
|PG||Brent Jones||Yunus Hopkinson||Glenn Sanabria|
Schedule and results
|Date||Time||Opponent||Site||TV||Points Leader||Rebounds Leader||Assists Leader||Result||Attendance||Record|
|Non-Conference Regular Season|
|November 15, 2014*||12:00 pm||at Georgetown||Verizon Center • Washington, DC||MSG||13 - Jones||8 - Douglas||6 - Jones||L 62–83||7,854||0–1|
|November 19, 2014*||7:00 pm||Army||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||15 - Cannon||10 - Cannon||6 - Jones||L 71–74||768||0–2|
|November 23, 2014*||5:00 pm||at Rutgers||Louis Brown Athletic Center • Piscataway, NJ
(Barclays Center Classic)
|BTN||15 - Douglas||7 - Hooper, Douglas||4 - Jones||L 73–76||4,117||0–3|
|November 25, 2014*||7:00pm||at LaSalle||Tom Gola Arena • Philadelphia, PA
(Barclays Center Classic)
|13 - Jones||13 - Cannon||3 - Jones||L 60–73||1,239||0–4|
|November 28, 2014*||5:00pm||vs. Norfolk State||Yanitelli Center • Jersey City, NJ
(Barclays Center Classic, Campus Bracket Opening Round)
|23 - Cannon||9 - Cannon||5 - Jones||L 70–72 OT||N/A||0–5|
|November 29, 2014*||5:00pm||vs. Tennessee State||Yanitelli Center • Jersey City, NJ
(Barclays Center Classic, Campus Bracket Consolation Game)
|15 - Cannon||14 - Cannon||3 - Hooper||W 59–57||321||1–5|
|December 6, 2014*||2:00 pm||at Liberty||Vines Center • Lynchburg, VA||16 - Cannon, Jones||10 - Fall||4 - Jones||W 65–54||1,025||2–5|
|December 9, 2014*||7:00 pm||at NJIT||Fleisher Center • Newark, NJ||16 - Jones||6 - Fall||3 - Ulmer||L 66–68||1,372||2–6|
|December 13, 2014*||2:00 pm||Mount St. Vincent||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||25 - Jones||12 - Cannon||6 - Jones, Sanabria||W 90–72||535||3–6|
|December 17, 2014*||4:00 pm||Delaware State||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||16 - Cannon||10 - Cannon||9 - Jones||L 64–72||535||3–7|
|December 20, 2014*||3:00 pm||Florida Atlantic||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|December 23, 2014*||7:00 pm||at Monmouth||Multipurpose Activity Center • West Long Branch, NJ||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|December 30, 2014*||4:00 pm||Columbia||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|NEC Regular Season|
|January 3, 2015||3:30 pm||at Sacred Heart||William H. Pitt Center • Fairfield, CT||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 5, 2015||4:00 pm||Bryant||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 8, 2015||7:00 pm||at Fairleigh Dickinson||Rothman Center • Hackensack, NJ||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 10, 2015||2:00 pm||at Mount St. Mary's||Knott Arena • Emmitsburg, MD||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 16, 2015||9:00 pm||at Robert Morris||Charles L. Sewall Center • Moon Township, PA||ESPNU||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 18, 2015||2:00 pm||at Saint Francis (PA)||DeGol Arena • Loretto, PA||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 21, 2015||9:30 pm||Central Connecticut||Madison Square Garden • New York, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 24, 2015||4:00 pm||Robert Morris||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||ESPN3||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 29, 2015||7:00 pm||Mount St. Mary's||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|January 31, 2015||4:00 pm||LIU Brooklyn||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY
(Battle of Brooklyn)
|February 5, 2015||7:00 pm||at Central Connecticut||William H. Detrick Gymnasium • New Britain, CT||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|February 7, 2015||4:00 pm||at Wagner||Spiro Sports Center • Staten Island, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|February 12, 2015||7:00 pm||Wagner||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|February 14, 2015||4:00 pm||Sacred Heart||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|February 19, 2015||7:00 pm||Fairleigh Dickinson||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|February 21, 2015||4:00 pm||Saint Francis (PA)||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex • Brooklyn, NY||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|February 26, 2015||4:00 pm||at LIU Brooklyn||Steinberg Wellness Center • Brooklyn, NY||FCS/MSG+||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|February 28, 2015||4:00 pm||at Bryant||Chace Athletic Center • Smithfield, RI||-||-||-||–||–||–|
|2015 NEC Tournament|
|March 4, 2015||TBA||TBA||
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
|Minutes||Scoring||Total FGs||3-point FGs||Free-Throws||Rebounds|
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||Avg||Average per game|
|FG||Field-goals made||FGA||Field-goal attempts||Off||Offensive rebounds|
Awards and honors
- Jalen Cannon
- Selected to the 2014–15 Preseason All-NEC Team by NEC Coaches Poll.
- Named to the Barclays Classic All-Tournament Team.
- NEC men's basketball Player of the Week award (November 24–30, 2014). Cannon posted a pair of double-doubles and averaged 16.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in St. Francis Brooklyn's three contests against LaSalle, Norfolk State, and Tennessee State.
- Zach Braziller. "SI native Sanabria stays home, picks St. Francis of Brooklyn". NYPost.com. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
- "Men's Basketball Completes Well-Rounded Recruiting Class". SFCAthletics.com. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- "Junior College All-American Tyreek Jewell Signs With St. Francis Brooklyn Men's Hoops". SFCAthletics.com. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Terrier First! St. Francis Brooklyn Tops 2014-15 NEC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll". http://northeastconference.org. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "Peak lifts Georgetown past St. Francis 83-62". ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "Army holds off St. Francis (NY) 74-71". ESPN.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- "Norfolk State beats St. Francis (NY) 72-70 in OT". ESPN.com. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "St. Francis (NY) gets first win, 59-57". ESPN.com. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "St. Francis (NY) defeats Liberty 65-54". ESPN.com. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Lynn's late surge helps NJIT top St. Francis 68-66". ESPN.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "St. Francis defeated Mount St. Vincent 90-72". EPSN.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "May scores D1 season-high 48; Delaware St beats St. Francis". ESPN.com. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
- "Mack lifts Rutgers past St. Francis (NY) 76-73". ESPN.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- "La Salle pulls away from St. Francis (NY) 73-60". ESPN.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
- "Experienced Five Make Up Preseason All-NEC Men's Basketball Team". http://northeastconference.org. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Weekly Release (12/1)". northeastconference.org. Retrieved 1 December 2014.