2012–13 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball team

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2012–13 St. Francis Terriers men's basketball
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Conference Northeast Conference
2012–13 record 12–18 (8–10 NEC)
Head coach Glenn Braica (3rd year)
Assistant coach Andy Johnston (5th year)
Assistant coach Clive Bentick (6th year)
Assistant coach Daniel Nigro (3rd year)
Home arena Generoso Pope Athletic Complex
Seasons
« 2011–12 2013–14 »
2012–13 Northeast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Robert Morris 14 4   .778     24 11   .686
Bryant 12 6   .667     19 12   .613
Wagner 12 6   .667     19 12   .613
Long Island 12 6   .667     20 14   .588
Mount St. Mary's 11 7   .611     18 14   .563
Quinnipiac 11 7   .611     15 16   .484
Central Connecticut 9 9   .500     13 17   .433
St. Francis Brooklyn 8 10   .444     12 18   .400
Sacred Heart 7 11   .389     9 20   .310
Monmouth 5 13   .278     10 21   .323
Saint Francis (PA) 5 13   .278     5 24   .172
Fairleigh Dickinson 2 16   .111     7 24   .226
2013 NEC Tournament winner
As of March 25, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012–2013 St. Francis Terriers men's basketball team represented St. Francis College during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by third year head coach Glenn Braica, who is the reigning NEC head coach of the year. The Terrier's home games were played at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex. They also played 2 games at the new Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn against Long Island in a neutral site match up and St. John's in the inaugural Winter Hoops Festival. The team has been a member of the Northeast Conference since 1981. They finished the season at 12–18 overall and 8–10 in the NEC to finish in eighth place, which qualified them for the NEC Basketball Tournament. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament to number one seed Robert Morris.

Season Outlook[edit]

In Glenn Braica's first two seasons the Terriers have made the NEC tournament. Going into this season Braica has a combined 30–30 record and is coming off of winning the 2012 NEC Coach of the Year Trophy. Last year the Terriers earned the fourth seed in the conference and hosted their first home playoff game since 1997. For the 2012–2013 season, Braica's Terriers were selected to finish fifth by the Northeast Conference men's basketball coaches.[1] The Terriers will have four of their five starters returning for the season. The only loss in the starting 5 is swingman and three-point specialist Stefan Perunicic.[1] Perunicic is the program's second-leading 3-point shooter of all-time.[2] The Terriers also lost guard Justin Newton to graduation. Yet the Terriers will see the return of former starting guard Dre Calloway, who missed most of last season after having season-ending shoulder surgery in November 2011.[2]

The Terriers are returning 4 starters: Jalen Cannon, Akeem Johnson, Brent Jones and Ben Mockford. Power forward Jalen Cannon was selected to the 2012 NEC All-Rookie team and led the team in rebounding with 8.8 per game.[3] Cannon also recorded 8 double-doubles. Forward-center Akeem Johnson had 3 20+ point games and started 26 out of 30 games.[3] Johnson was also one of the more efficient players in the Northeast Conference with a 55% field goal mark. Point guard Brent Jones was last years assists leader, averaging 3.9 per game.[3] Jones took over the starting job down the stretch last year, starting 12 of the last 13 contests. Shooting guard Ben Mockford led the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game and started all 30 contests last year.[3]

Preseason signings[edit]

The Terriers announced that 6'3” combo guard Anthony White (Mastic, NY) and 6'4” shooting guard Aleksandar Isailovic (Belgrade/Serbia) have signed National Letters-of-Intent to enroll at the college in fall 2012.[4] Anthony White is coming from William Floyd High School, where in his junior year he led his team in points, rebounds and assists. White was also an All-League selection, All-Conference, All-Suffolk County and was selected to the Newsday All-Long Island Team. Aleksander Isailovic is arriving from Collin College in Plano, Texas. Isailovic averaged 10.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.7 steals per game last season at Collin Community College and will have two years of eligibility as a Terrier.

Regular season[edit]

For the second season in a row the Terriers opened their season mostly on the road, they played 8 of their first 11 games away from The Pope. The Terriers completed the non-conference portion of their schedule at 4–7. The team won the season opener against Lafayette on the road, with 4 of the 5 Terrier starters scoring double digits. Jalen Cannon notched his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds and the Terriers led by a much as 17 on their way to a 76–65 win. The Terriers snapped a three-game losing streak against the Leopards and also won for the first time on opening night since November 9, 2007. The Terriers then lost to Illinois 64–89. The Illini were the Terriers most difficult opponent all year long, they went on to be ranked as high as 10th in the nation by the AP and Coaches Polls. The Terriers home opener at The Pope was against Army, the game saw the Terriers defeated 59–67. The Terriers closed the first half down by one point, 30–31, yet they never led in the second half as the Black Knights soundly defeated the Terriers. Jalen Cannon scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and classmate Kevin Douglas added 15 points and rejected a career-high three shots in the losing effort. The Terriers then traveled to Rhode Island to play at Brown, where they beat the Bears 76–72 in overtime. Mockford scored 8 of his 14 points in overtime to lead the Terriers in the victory. After a 2–2 start, the Terriers went on to lose 5 straight games against Norfolk State, Albany, Boston College, Stony Brook and St. John's. Against both Norfolk State and Boston College the Terriers had second half leads of 11 and 9 points respectively, but in both cases were unable to hold on for win. Against Albany, Stony Brook and St. John's the Terriers were soundly defeated. The Terriers then won their last 2 non-conference games against Colgate and NJIT. The game against Colgate saw Jalen Cannon drop 24 points, a new career high, and Travis Nichols 20 points off the bench. At NJIT, Johnson had the game-winning layup with five seconds remaining and Cannon put up 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 5th double-double of the season.

The Terriers then beat Quinnipiac, to extend their winning streak to three games and win their first game of the conference schedule. The Terriers went on to finish conference play at 8–10 and qualify for the NEC tournament with the 8th seed. Their next game, at Sacred Heart, saw the Terriers lose in the final seconds of the contest 65–66, even though Cannon poured in 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for his 6th double-double. Against Mount St. Mary's the Terriers were led by Ben Mockford's 19 point performance to win 70–56. In that game 4 Terriers were in double figures for points scored. At Wagner, the Terriers who were underdogs beat the Seahawks by 19 points, 71–52. For the first time all season Coach Braica had to change his starting 5 by starting Aleksandar Isailovic in place of Kevin Douglas, who has an injured right hand. Travis Nichols came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 6 rebounds, which contributed to the Seahawks first loss at home this season. After the Terriers opened conference play at 3–1, they went on to go 5–9 in their next 14 contest. The Terriers lost 2 games a piece to Monmouth and Long Island, including the Battle of Brooklyn game. Down the stretch Mockford scored a career high 29 points against Mount St. Mary's and Kevin Douglas did not return to the line-up until the last game of the regular season against Sacred Heart. St. Francis Brooklyn has struggled closing out games this season. The Terriers have held a second-half lead in 22 of their 27 contests this season (exceptions are Illinois, Army, St. John’s, Stony Brook, and Mount St. Mary's). St. Francis has held a second-half lead in 16 of 18 NEC contests but are just 8–10.

Roster[edit]

2012–13 St. Francis Terriers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 1 Jones, BrentBrent Jones 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Bronx, New York
G 44 White, AnthonyAnthony White 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Mastic, New York
G 3 Mockford, BenBen Mockford 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Shoreham-by-Sea, England
F 5 Cannon, JalenJalen Cannon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Allentown, Pennsylvania
G 11 Santavenere, PhillipPhillip Santavenere 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Middletown, Connecticut
F 12 Trivic, MilosMilos Trivic 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Belgrade, Serbia
F 14 Nichols, TravisTravis Nichols 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Brooklyn, New York
G 25 Isailovic, AleksandarAleksandar Isailovic 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Belgrade, Serbia
F 23 Ulmer, LowellLowell Ulmer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Staten Island, New York
F/C 30 Johnson, AkeemAkeem Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Brooklyn, New York
G 32 Calloway, DreDre Calloway 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Harlem, New York
F/C 33 Milk, MattMatt Milk 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Wantagh, New York
G/F 34 Douglas, KevinKevin Douglas Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Bronx, New York
G 25 Nierva, MikeMike Nierva 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Staten Island, New York
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: June 27, 2012

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Akeem Johnson (PF/C) Matt Milk
PF Jalen Cannon Travis Nicols Lowell Ulmer
SF Kevin Douglas (SG/SF) Aleksander Isailovic Milos Trivic
SG Ben Mockford P.J. Santavenere
PG Brent Jones Dre Calloway Anthony White (PG/SG)

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Opponent Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 9, 2012*
8:30 pm
at Lafayette W 76–65  1–0
 15 - Johnson   13 - Cannon   6 - Jones  Kirby Sports Center (1,217)
Easton, PA
November 12, 2012*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Illinois L 64–89  1–1
 13 - Johnson   11 - Cannon   5 - Jones  Assembly Hall (Champaign) (11,640)
Champaign, IL
November 20, 2012*
7:00 pm
Army L 59–67  1–2
 23 - Cannon   10 - Cannon   3 - Jones  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (675)
Brooklyn, NY
November 24, 2012*
2:00 pm
at Brown W 76–72 OT 2–2
 20 - Cannon   5 - Cannon   6 - Calloway  Pizzitola Sports Center (454)
Providence, RI
November 29, 2012*
7:00 pm
at Norfolk State L 79–85  2–3
 16 - Cannon   9 - Cannon   6 - Jones  Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall (3,376)
Norfolk, VA
December 5, 2012*
7:00 pm
at Albany L 73–77  2–4
 21 - Nichols   7 - Cannon   6 - Jones  SEFCU Arena (2,542)
Guilderland, NY
December 8, 2012*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
at Boston College L 64–72  2–5
 23 - Cannon   13 - Cannon   6 - Jones  Conte Forum (2,265)
Chestnut Hill, MA
December 11, 2012*
7:00 pm
Stony Brook L 61–77  2–6
 14 - Cannon, Douglas   8 - Cannon   5 - Jones  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (262)
Brooklyn, NY
December 15, 2012*
5:00 pm
vs. St. John's
Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival
L 60–77  2–7
 14 - Cannon   12 - Cannon   8 - Calloway  Barclays Center (16,514)
Brooklyn, NY
December 22, 2012*
2:00 pm
Colgate W 73–61  3–7
 24 - Cannon   12 - Nichols   5 - Calloway  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (607)
Brooklyn, NY
December 30, 2012*
4:20 pm
at NJIT W 89–87  4–7
 23 - Cannon   12 - Cannon   5 - Jones, Calloway  Fleisher Center (605)
Newark, NJ
NEC Regular Season
January 3, 2013
7:00 pm
at Quinnipiac W 63–61  5–7 (1–0)
 15 - Nichols   8 - Cannon   4 - Calloway  TD Bank Sports Center (1,258)
Hamden, CT
January 5, 2013
3:30 pm
at Sacred Heart L 65–66  5–8 (1–1)
 20 - Cannon   16 - Cannon   3 - Jones  William H. Pitt Center (589)
Fairfield, CT
January 10, 2013
7:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's W 70–56  6–8 (2–1)
 19 - Mockford   9 - Nichols   5 - Jones  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (375)
Brooklyn, NY
January 12, 2013
4:00 pm
at Wagner W 71–52  7–8 (3–1)
 20 - Nichols   6 - Cannon, Nichols   4 - Calloway  Spiro Sports Center (1,846)
Staten Island, NY
January 17, 2013
7:00 pm
Monmouth L 67–71  7–9 (3–2)
 15 - Mockford   8 - Cannon   4 - Johnson  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (405)
Brooklyn, NY
January 19, 2013
4:30 pm
Fairleigh Dickinson W 70–51  8–9 (4–2)
 15 - Nichols   10 - Cannon   6 - Jones  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (455)
Brooklyn, NY
January 24, 2013
7:00 pm, FCS/MSG2
Long Island
Battle of Brooklyn
L 68–78  8–10 (4–3)
 21 - Cannon   10 - Cannon   8 - Jones  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (1,023)
Brooklyn, NY
January 26, 2013
3:30 pm
at Central Connecticut L 70–72  8–11 (4–4)
 18 - Cannon   14 - Cannon   4 - Jones  William H. Detrick Gymnasium (1,984)
New Britain, CT
January 31, 2013
7:00 pm
Robert Morris W 71–61  9–11 (5–4)
 16 - Cannon, Jones   10 - Johnson   6 - Jones  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (575)
Brooklyn, NY
February 2, 2013
5:00 pm
Saint Francis (PA) L 61–64  9–12 (5–5)
 20 - Cannon   11 - Cannon   3 - Jones  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (625)
Brooklyn, NY
February 7, 2013
7:00 pm, FCS/ESPN3
at Bryant L 77–84  9–13 (5–6)
 16 - Isailovic   9 - Cannon, Nichols   8 - Jones  Chace Athletic Center (1,781)
Smithfield, RI
February 10, 2013
12:00 pm
vs. Long Island L 75–83  9–14 (5–7)
 22 - Johnson   6 - Johnson   3 - Jones  Barclays Center (2,436)
Brooklyn, NY
February 14, 2013
7:00 pm
at Fairleigh Dickinson W 85–61  10–14 (6–7)
 21 - Johnson, Nichols   17 - Johnson   4 - Johnson  Rothman Center (315)
Teaneck, NJ
February 16, 2013
7:00 pm
at Monmouth L 64–73  10–15 (6–8)
 20 - Nichols   7 - Cannon   5 - Jones  Multipurpose Activity Center (2,053)
West Long Branch, NJ
February 21, 2013
7:00 pm
Wagner W 76–75  11–15 (7–8)
 18 - Mockford   7 - Cannon   3 - Calloway  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (912)
Brooklyn, NY
February 23, 2013
3:30 pm
at Mount St. Mary's L 65–73  11–16 (7–9)
 29 - Mockford   11 - Cannon   6 - Jones  Knott Arena (1,305)
Emmitsburg, MD
February 28, 2013
7:00 pm
Quinnipiac L 67–78  11–17 (7–10)
 13 - Johnson, Mockford   8 - Cannon   5 - Jones  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (400)
Brooklyn, NY
March 2, 2013
4:30 pm
Sacred Heart W 92–80  12–17 (8–10)
 22 - Mockford   8 - Cannon   7 - Calloway  Generoso Pope Athletic Complex (675)
Brooklyn, NY
2013 NEC Tournament
March 6, 2013
7:00 pm
at Robert Morris
Quarterfinals
L 57–75  12–18
 15 - Cannon   6 - Cannon, Johnson   3 - Johnson  Charles L. Sewall Center (1,788)
Moon Township, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Season statistics[edit]

Individual Player Statistics (As of April 7, 2013)
Minutes Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP GS Tot Avg Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg A TO Blk Stl
Cannon, Jalen 30 29 910 30.3 440 14.7 170 306 .556 6 24 .250 94 138 .681 103 161 264 8.8 20 43 11 30
Johnson, Akeem 30 30 764 25.5 301 10.0 110 232 .474 0 0 .000 81 119 .681 74 100 174 5.8 47 61 21 19
Mockford, Ben 30 26 858 28.6 332 11.1 106 272 .390 82 206 .398 38 47 .809 2 45 47 1.6 30 23 1 19
Douglas, Kevin 16 14 313 19.6 119 7.4 47 105 .448 18 48 .375 7 13 .538 13 41 54 3.4 6 18 9 6
Jones, Brent 30 28 626 20.9 179 6.0 67 183 .366 11 45 .244 34 62 .548 18 51 69 2.3 127 80 4 30
Nichols, Travis 28 1 499 17.8 269 9.6 95 220 .432 36 109 .330 43 47 .915 48 67 115 4.1 10 22 3 9
Calloway, Dre 29 2 555 19.1 152 5.2 55 126 .437 1 7 .143 41 83 .494 11 30 41 1.4 81 51 2 28
Santavenere, P. J. 27 0 298 11.0 82 3.0 27 82 .329 17 58 .293 11 13 .846 8 20 28 1.0 9 12 1 13
Isailovic, Aleksandar 30 15 531 17.7 101 3.4 33 122 .295 26 93 .280 9 10 0.900 5 35 40 1.3 18 13 4 17
Trivic, Milos 5 1 12 2.4 6 1.2 2 4 .500 2 3 .667 0 0 .000 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
White, Anthony 26 4 327 12.6 52 2.0 22 73 .301 2 19 .105 6 8 .750 17 28 45 1.7 25 18 6 15
Milk, Matt 27 0 144 5.3 19 0.7 8 16 .500 0 0 .000 3 5 .600 7 12 19 0.7 6 9 4 1
Ulmer, Lowell 24 0 183 7.6 53 2.2 20 56 .357 4 15 .267 9 20 .450 24 20 44 1.8 7 13 3 9
Nierva, Mike 4 0 5 1.3 3 0.8 1 2 .500 1 1 1.000 0 0 .000 1 1 2 0.5 1 1 0 0
Team 56 54 110 6
Total 30 6025 2108 70.3 763 1789 0.426 206 628 0.328 376 565 0.665 387 667 1054 35.1 387 370 69 196
Opponents 30 6025 2143 71.4 763 1670 0.457 172 518 0.332 445 631 0.705 342 740 1082 36.1 416 403 98 183
Legend
  GP  Games played   GS  Games started  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts  Off  Offensive rebounds
 Def  Defensive rebounds   A  Assists   TO Turnovers
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals  High  Team high

Awards and honors[edit]

Jalen Cannon
  • College Sports Madness 2012–2013 Northeast Preseason All-Conference Fourth Team.[5]
  • Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week award (December 24–30, 2012). Cannon guided the Terriers to back-to-back wins against NJIT and Colgate by averaging 23.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.[6]
  • All NEC-second team honors[7]
Akeem Johnson
  • College Sports Madness 2012–2013 Northeast Preseason All-Conference Second Team.[5]
Travis Nichols
  • College Sports Madness Mid-Major Conference Players of the Week award (January 7–13, 2013). Nichols paced the Terriers with 20 points off the bench at Wagner on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range. Nichols also added 10 points and 9 rebounds versus Mount St. Mary's. Nichols has been in double-figures in four of his last six contests and is averaging 12.0 points in just 20.3 minutes per game during the stretch.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Men's Hoops Picked To Finish Fifth in Northeast Conference Pre-Season Coaches Poll". SFCathletics.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "2012–2013 Media Guide" (PDF). sfcathletics.com. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "2011–2012 Game Notes" (PDF). SFCAthletics.com. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "St. Francis (NY) Men's Hoops Inks Two Guards in Early Signing Period". http://www.northeastconference.org. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Madness 2012–2013 Northeast Preseason All-Conference Teams". www.collegesportsmadness.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Men's Basketball Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week". northeastconference.org. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "LIU Brooklyn's Jamal Olasewere Selected Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year". northeastconference.org. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Men's Basketball Weekly Awards". www.collegesportsmadness.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013.