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St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers
2016–17 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball team
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University St. Francis College
First season 1901
All-time record 1189–1217 (.494)
Conference NEC
Location Brooklyn, NY
Head coach Glenn Braica (6th year)
Arena Generoso Pope Athletic Complex
Peter Aquilone Court
(Capacity: 1,200)
Nickname Terriers
Colors Royal Blue and Red
         
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Conference regular season champions
1954, 1956, 1967, 2001, 2004, 2015

The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball program represents St. Francis College in intercollegiate men's basketball. The team is a member of the Division I Northeast Conference. The Terriers play on the Peter Aquilone Court at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex located on the St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights campus.[1] The Terriers have also hosted home games at Madison Square Garden and at the Barclays Center.[2]

The St. Francis Brooklyn men's basketball program was founded in 1896 and is the oldest collegiate program in New York City.[3] The Terriers have an overall record of 1176–1216, 49.1 W–L%, over a 96 year span from the 1920–1921 to the 2015–2016 season.[4] The program has won 6 regular season championships and has participated in 5 National Invitational Tournaments (4 postseason and 1 preseason). As of 2010, Glenn Braica was announced as the 17th head coach in the history of the St. Francis Terriers men's basketball program. Braica was previously an assistant under Norm Roberts at St. John's University.[5] Braica, who is in his sixth year with the team, has qualified for the NEC tournament six consecutive years and in 2015 led the team to its first post season tournament in 52 years.[6]

The Terriers are one of only seven NCAA Division I programs in New York City and in 2011 attending a Terriers game was named one reason to love New York by New York Magazine in their seventh annual Reasons to Love New York 2011 piece.[7] The Terriers are also one of only five Division I programs to have never participated in the NCAA tournament. The Terriers have been one win away from participating on three occasions, first in the 2000–01 season, then in the 2002–03 season, and again in the 2014–15 season. Beginning on November 27, 2012, St. Francis College rebranded its Athletics programs from St. Francis (NY) to St. Francis Brooklyn.[8] The change reflects the move of the Nets to Brooklyn and putting Brooklyn back on the map as a basketball mecca.

History[edit]

Early years (1896–1940)[edit]

The St. Francis College’s men's basketball program was founded in 1896 and is the oldest collegiate program in New York City.[3] The program had players on the court only 5 years after Dr. James Naismith invented the game in 1891. The College's first official game came in 1901 against Brown University. The Boys from Brooklyn, as they were referred to, finished the 1901 season with a 13–1 mark. From the 1902 to the 1920 season the Terrier basketball records are incomplete. Then from 1920 to 1940 the Terriers compiled a 246–187 record and established themselves as a premier basketball program in New York City, playing their home games in Brooklyn. The Terriers had played as Independents for most of these years, but in 1933 they were a founding member of the now defunct Metropolitan New York Conference.

The Terriers had 6 head coaches during this period, the most successful of which was Rody Cooney. Who in his 9 years at the helm of the program didn't have a single losing season and compiled a 116–77 record. During this period the Terriers also had their first 20-win season, head coach Frank Brennan led the 1922–23 Terrier squad to a 21–8 record.

Golden years (1941–1968)[edit]

Joseph Brennan era (1941–47)[edit]

Joseph Brennan is the Terriers head coach with the highest winning percentage and he was also elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. Brennan helped make the Terriers into a popular team during New York City's Basketball glory days of the 1940s and 50s. Due to their popularity the Terriers would play around 2 or 3 games a year at Madison Square Garden and the Terrier's were one of the few programs hosting big Division I games in Brooklyn at the Park Slope Armory, their home court.[9] Brennan's 1942 squad averaged 59 points per game, which was quite high during those years. The Terriers also had the first college player to score 20 or more points at Madison Square Garden, Vincent T. Agoglia.[10] He did it twice in the 1941–1942 season, first against LaSalle College of Philadelphia. Brennan ended his head coaching career with a 90–46 (66.2%) record over 7 seasons.

Daniel Lynch era (1948–1968)[edit]

The greatest head coach in the programs history is Daniel Lynch. Lynch was a graduate of St. Francis College and played basketball at his alma mater from 1934–38 under head coach Rody Cooney. When Lynch took over in 1948 the Terriers became the first team in the New York City area to have a game televised. The Terriers defeated Seton Hall in its inaugural telecast on WPIX.[11] Lynch is the Terrier head coach with the most wins in the programs history (283). Part of that wins total came during a 6 year span from 1950 to 1956, where Lynch guided the Terriers to five consecutive winning seasons going 121–43.

From 1949–1951 the Terriers participated in 4 National Catholic Invitational Tournaments (NCIT). The NCIT was a premier post-season tournament in those years. The Terriers went to the NCIT finals three consecutive times and won the Championship in 1951. Lynch's 1950–51 squad defeated the Seattle University Redhawks 93–79 in the Championship game. Ray Rudzinski scored 26 points, Vernon Stokes scored 22 and Roy Reardon scored 21 points in the NCIT Championship that took place in Albany, New York.[12]

The Terriers appeared in the 1955 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, losing in the first round to Quincy University. St. Francis first participated in the NAIA District 31 playoffs to qualify for the tournament, in it they defeated St. Peter's (63–55) and Panzer College (80–70).[13] Their record in the tournament is 0–1 and have only made one appearance in their history.

Lynch also led the Terriers to 3 NIT appearances (1954, 1956, and 1963). Lynch's 1953-54 squad won the Metropolitan New York Conference Regular Season Championship and were invited to the 1954 NIT where they defeated Louisville in the first round before losing to Holy Cross in the Quarterfinals. The 1955-56 squad also won the Metropolitan New York Conference Regular Season Championship and participated in the 1956 NIT. They went as far as the 3rd place game where they lost to St. Joseph's to finish in fourth place.[14][15] The 1955–1956 season was the Terriers best, as Coach Lynch led them to a 21–4 record that ranked them at 13th nationally in the AP polls.[4][14] The squad included legends Al Innis, Dan Mannix, Walt Adamushko, and Tony D'Elia. The team at one point won 18 straight games and upset Niagra to reach the NIT Semi-Finals, before falling to Dayton.[16] In the 1963 National Invitation Tournament the Terriers were one of 12 teams selected for the tournament.[17] Lynch's team was the 4th best defense in the country and faced the best offense in Miami. St. Francis had the bigger Miami on the ropes with a 66–65 lead with 3:38 to play, led by Jim Raftery who scored 23 points. Yet the Terrires went on to lose 71–70 to Miami which featured future NBA all-star Rick Barry.[18]

After the Metropolitan New York Conference became defunct in 1963, the Terriers became Independents before joining the Metropolitan Collegiate Conference. The Terriers were apart of the MCC for all four years in which it was active, winning the 1966–67 Conference Regular Season Championship after going 7–2 in conference play. Lynch ended his coaching career with a 283-237 (54.4%) record over a 21 year span. After retiring as the head coach, Lynch became the full-time Athletic Director at St. Francis College, a post he held while he was head coach for several years.

Dark years (1969–90)[edit]

From the 1969–70 season to the 1990–91 season, a span of 22 years the St. Francis Terriers men's basketball program only had 3 winning seasons. Two of those 3 winning seasons came during the tenure of Lou Rossini, who was formerly a legendary head coach for NYU and Columbia. During those 22 years the Terriers went through 6 head coaches and hit a program low in the 1983–84 season going 2–26. In particular the tenure's of Gene Roberti (1979–84) and Bob Valvano (1984–88) saw the program hit all-time low's in winning percentage, during those two tenures the Terriers went 81–166 (32.7%). After Valvano, Rich Zvosec took the reigns of the Terriers in 1988 and became the youngest Division I coach in the country at age 27. Zvosec produced a winning season 3 years into his tenure going 15–14. The winning season was only the 3rd in 22 years and the first in 11 seasons, since Rossini accomplished the feat in 1978–79. Because of this feat, Zvosec was awarded the 1991 NEC Coach of the Year award.

Also during this time St. Francis College moved its campus and in 1971 the Terriers settled into a new home at the Pope Physical Education Center.[19] Other transitions during this time included St. Francis joining a new conference in 1981, the Northeast Conference. From 1968 until 1980, the Terriers played as Division I independents eventually becoming founding members of the Northeast Conference in 1981.

Ron Ganulin era (1991–04)[edit]

Ron Ganulin's 14 seasons were one of contrasts, but Ganulin helped restore the program to its glory days somewhat. Before joining the Terriers, Ganulin was fresh off the 1990 National Championship as an assistant with the 1989–90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team.[20] Ganulin's tenure began with several losing seasons, his 1993–94 squad went 1–26 and finished last in the Northeast Conference. Yet by the 1997–98 season Ganulin's squad's began to turn it around stringing together 5 consecutive winning seasons from 1997–2001. Ganulin's 1998–99 team won 20 games, the first time in 43 years that the Terriers had accomplished the feat.

Ganulin accumulated 187 wins and was twice named the Northeast Conference's Coach of the Year.[21] Ganulin's tenure at St. Francis include finishing with a .500 or better record in the Northeast Conference eight straight years, at that time the longest active streak in the conference and making the NEC Tournament each of his 14 seasons as head coach. They also reached the NEC semi-finals five times and had two NEC tournament championship game appearances (2001 and 2003). Those Championship game appearances are the closest the Terriers have been to making the NCAA Tournament. From 1998 through 2004, St. Francis posted a 78–36 conference record, which was best in the NEC. During that span, Ganulin guided the Terriers to two Northeast Conference Regular Season Championships.[20]

Also during Ganulin's tenure St. Francis made their first appearance in a National Tournament since 1963, by being selected to participate in the 2003 NIT Season Tip-Off. The Terriers lost in the first round to Massachusetts. The 2003 NIT Tip-off invitation was a product of the Terriers success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Yet Ganulin's accomplishments did not save him from being fired at the end of the 2004–05 season, after posting a 13–15 record.[22]

Brian Nash era (2005–09)[edit]

Brian Nash was head coach for 5 seasons, during which time the Terriers lost much of the momentum gained during Ganulin's tenure. Nash's squad's never produced a winning season and missed the NEC Tournament three times in five seasons. Nash compiled a 47–99 record before resigning in 2009.[23]

Glenn Braica era (2010–present)[edit]

On April 29, 2010, Glenn Braica was announced as the 17th head coach in the history of the St. Francis Terriers men's basketball program.[24] Braica was a former assistant at St. Francis under Ron Ganulin for 15 years and was an assistant at St. John's under Norm Roberts for another 6 years.

Braica inherited a depleted team that had not had a winning season in six years and quickly added 5 signings in his first year. This led to a 15–15 record and a berth in the NEC Tournament where they lost in the first round to Central Connecticut 62–64. In his second season, Braica led the Terriers to their second NEC tournament with the 4th seed. They went 15–15 overall and 12–6 in the NEC, their most wins since the 2003-04 season and they hosted their first home tournament game since 1997, a 72–80 loss to Quinnipiac. Additionally, Braica was selected as the 2012 NEC Jim Phelan coach of the year and as the 2012 NABC District 18 Co-Coach of the Year.[25][26][27] After two 15–15 seasons, the Terriers posted their first losing record at 12–18 overall and 8–10 in conference play. St. Francis Brooklyn still qualified for the NEC tournament with the 8th seed and lost to first seed Robert Morris at the Sewall Center 57–75 in the opening round.

Prior to the 2013 season, Braica announced that he hired former head coach Ron Ganulin as an assistant. This would be their second stint together, but with Briaca at the helm this time. In 2013, the Terriers were selected to participate in the Maui Invitational Tournament as part of the Mainland Bracket for the first time in the programs history.[28] Braica was able to guide his Terriers to a 9–6 non-conference record which was one win shy of being the first NEC team to win 10 non-conference games in a season. Part of this success was the Terriers stingy defense and big road wins against Miami, Florida Atlantic and Stony Brook. The Terriers ended the 2013–14 season at 18–14, their first time winning 18 games since the 2001–02 season. The Terriers qualified for the NEC Tournament with the 4th seed and lost to Mount St. Mary's in the opening round.

The 2014–15 Terriers for the first time as members of the NEC, were selected as the preseason NEC favorites by league head coaches. The program was also selected to participate in the 3rd annual 2014 Barclays Center Classic. On January 31, 2015, the Terriers gained sole possession of 1st place in the NEC after defeating LIU Brooklyn in the annual Battle of Brooklyn. For St. Francis Brooklyn, it marks the first time they have been alone in first place after 10 games since starting 8–2 back in the 2003–04 season.[29] That year the Terriers finished 12–6 and shared the NEC regular season title with Monmouth. On February 21, 2015 the Terriers clinched the NEC Regular Season Championship and recorded their first 20+ win season since the 1998–99 season. The Terriers closed out the regular season at 21–10 overall and 15–3 in conference play. Prior to the beginning of the NEC Tournament, the NEC announced Glenn Braica as the Jim Phelan Coach of the Year, Jalen Cannon as the NEC Player of the Year and Amdy Fall as the NEC Defensive Player of the Year. In the NEC Tournament, the Terriers defeated LIU Brooklyn and Saint Francis (PA) to reach the Championship game, where they lost to Robert Morris. Because of the loss the Terriers didn't receive the NEC's automatic NCAA bid, instead they participated in the 2015 National Invitation Tournament by virtue of having won the NEC regular season championship. It is the programs first NIT postseason appearance since 1963. The Terriers traveled to Richmond, Virginia to face the Spiders and lost 74–84 in the First Round of the NIT. The Terriers ended their season at 23–12 overall, tying the programs record for wins in a season last set in 1953–54.

Current roster[edit]

2015–16 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Home town
F 15 Hooper, ChrisChris Hooper 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Odessa College Bronx, New York
F 32 Fall, AmdyAmdy Fall 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr College of Central Florida Manhattan, New York
G 0 Jewell, TyreekTyreek Jewell 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Jamestown Community College Bronx, New York
F 3 Jenifer, AntonioAntonio Jenifer 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Hagerstown Community College Hillcrest Heights, Maryland
G 12 Rockafeler, MilesMiles Rockafeler (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr St. Anthony's High School Bronx, New York
F 14 Doss, JonathanJonathan Doss 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Jr Eastern Wyoming College Chicago, Illinois
G 2 Hopkinson, YunusYunus Hopkinson 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Lee Academy Manhattan, New York
F 33 Lasic, JagosJagos Lasic 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So New Mexico Military Institute Belgrade, Serbia
G 10 Sanabria, GlennGlenn Sanabria Injured 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So St. Peter's Boys High School Staten Island, New York
G/F 4 Olafsson, GunnarGunnar Olafsson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Menntaskolinn vid Hamrahlid Reykjavik, Iceland
F 13 Williams, KeonKeon Williams 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Fr John Hardin High School Radcliff, Kentucky
F 11 Nurse, JoshuaJoshua Nurse 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Queens High School of Teaching Laurelton, New York
G 1 Jonnson, DagurDagur Jonnson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Fjolbrautaskolinn i Breidholti Reykjanesbær, Iceland
F 21 Alcindor, MarlonMarlon Alcindor 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Fr High School for Construction East Elmhurst, New York
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: November 3, 2015

Yearly record[edit]

St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers cumulative win-loss record from 1920 to 2015 season.
St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers annual win percentage from 1920 to 2015 season.
For the entire season-by-season results, see St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball seasons.

Under Glenn Braica:

St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers
Season Head coach Conference Season results Post-Season Tournament results
Overall Conference Standing Conference NIT, NCAA
2010–11 Glenn Braica NEC 15–15 10–8 5th Quarterfinal[30] (0–1)
2011–12 NEC 15–15 12–6 4th Quarterfinal (0–1)
2012–13 NEC 12–18 8–10 8th Quarterfinal (0–1)
2013–14 NEC 18–14 9–7 T-4th Quarterfinal (0–1)
2014–15 NEC 23–12 15–3 1st Final (2–1) NIT First Round (0–1)
2015–16 NEC 15–17 11–7 T-2nd Quarterfinal (0–1)
2016–17 NEC 0–0 0–0
7
Seasons
    98–91 65–41 1 NEC title
(Regular Season)
2–6 in NEC Tournament
0 tournament titles
0–1 in NIT
1 bid
Legend
     Conference regular season champion             Conference tournament champion

     Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
     Post-season tournament invitation                  Post-season tournament champion
     NCAA national champion

Tournament results[edit]

NCIT results[edit]

St. Francis participated in 4 consecutive National Catholic Invitational Tournaments from 1949 to 1952 and won 1 Championship in 1951.[13] Their overall record is 10–3 in their 4 appearances and they made the Finals in three of their four appearances.[12]

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1949 First Round
Second Round
Semi-finals
Finals
St. Norbert's
St. Thomas
St. Benedict's
Regis College
W 61–53
W 59–41
W 69–40
L 47–51
1950 First Round
Semi-finals
Finals
Creighton
Iona
Siena
W 67–66
W 62–61
L 50–57
1951 First Round
Second Round
Semi-finals
Finals
Spring Hill
Loras
Le Moyne
Seattle University
W 74–65
W 65–63
W 84–66
W 93–79
1952 Second Round
Semi-finals
Third-place game
Le Moyne
Marquette
Siena
W 75–61
L 57–79
L 50–64

NAIA results[edit]

The Terriers appeared in the 1955 NAIA Men's Basketball Championship tournament. St. Francis first participated in the NAIA District 31 playoffs to qualify for the tournament, in it they defeated St. Peter's (63–55) and Panzer College (80–70).[13] Their record in the tournament is 0–1 and have only made one appearance in their history.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1955 First Round Quincy (Ill.) L 82–84

NIT results[edit]

The Terriers have appeared in four National Invitation Tournaments and one NIT Season Tip-Off. Their combined record is 3–5 (0–1, Tip-Off) and they reached the third-place game in 1956, losing to Saint Joseph's and finishing 4th in the tournament.[31] In the 1963 National Invitation Tournament the Terriers were one of 12 teams selected for the tournament.[17] The Terriers who were coached by Daniel Lynch were the 4th best defense in the country and faced the best offense in Miami. St. Francis had the bigger Miami on the ropes with a 66–65 lead with 3:38 to play, led by Jim Raftery who scored 23 points. Yet the Terrires went on to lose 71–70 to Miami which featured future NBA all-star Rick Barry.[18]

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1954 First Round
Quarterfinals
Louisville
Holy Cross
W 60–55
L 69–93
1956 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Third-place game
Lafayette
Niagara
Dayton
Saint Joseph's
W 85–74
W 74–72
L 58–89
L 82–93
1963 First Round Miami (FL) L 70–71
2015 First Round Richmond L 74–84

Coaching history[edit]

Overall Conference
Name Years Won-Lost Pct. Won-Lost Pct. Note
Brother Phillip 1920–21 (1yr) 14–3 82.4%
Frank Brennan 1921–26 (5yr) 64–38 62.7%
Nip Lynch 1926–28 (2yr) 11–20 35.5%
Edward Keating 1928–30 (2yr) 15–20 42.9%
George Hinchcliffe 1930–32 (2yr) 26–29 47.3%
Rody Cooney 1932–41 (9yr) 116–77 60.1%
Joseph Brennan 1941–48 (7yr) 90–46 66.2% Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Terrier coach with highest winning percentage
Daniel Lynch[32] 1948–69 (21yr) 283–237 54.4% 3x Regular Season Conference Champion, 3 NIT appearances and All-Time Terrier Wins leader
Lester Yellin 1969–73 (4yr) 37–59 38.5%
Jack Prenderville 1973–75 (2yr) 18–32 36.0%
Lucio Rossini 1975–79 (4yr) 55–48 53.4%
Gene Roberti 1979–84 (5yr) 43–92 31.9% 16–29 35.6%
Bob Valvano[33] 1984–88 (4yr) 38–74 33.9% 17–45 27.4%
Rich Zvosec 1988–91 (3yr) 35–48 42.1% 17–31 35.4% 1991 NEC Coach of the Year
Ron Ganulin[34] 1991–05 (14yr) 187–207 47.5% 129–125 50.8% 2x Regular Season Conference Champion,[35][36] 1 NIT preseason bid and 2x NEC Coach of the Year[37]
Brian Nash 2005-2010 (5yr) 47–99 32.2% 33–58 36.3%
Glenn Braica 2010–Present (6yr) 98–91 51.9% 65–41 61.3% 2x NEC Coach of the Year (2012, 2015), Regular Season Conference Champion (2015) and 1 NIT bid
Totals 1920–2016 1176–1216 49.2% 277–328 45.8%

Rivalry[edit]

The Battle of Brooklyn plaque listing the past winners since 1976

The fiercest rival of the Terriers are the Long Island University Blackbirds and they have competed since 1928.[38] Beginning in the 1975–76 season the two programs formalized their rivalry with the annual Battle of Brooklyn game.[14] The name of the annual match-up is in reference to the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Brooklyn. Due to the location of the two campuses in the New York City borough of Brooklyn and their close proximity, less than 1 mile, the title of the game is apt.[38] The Battle of Brooklyn is dedicated to William Lai and Daniel Lynch, former athletic directors at Long Island University and St. Francis College, respectively.[14] At the conclusion of the game the most valuable player is presented with the Lai-Lynch Trophy.[38] As of 2016, St. Francis has a Battle record of 18–23 against LIU. The annual tournament is held at the host campus and the host alternates annually.

The Terriers also compete against Wagner College Seahawks, and it is referred to as Battle of the Verrazano due to St. Francis College in Brooklyn being separated from Wagner College in Staten Island by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The Battle of the Verrazano dates back to the 1973–1974 season, but is not as formal as the Battle of Brooklyn.[39]

Record vs. NEC Opponents[edit]

St. Francis Brooklyn
vs.
Overall Record Last 5 Meetings Current Streak Since Joining NEC
(regular season)
NEC Tournament
Bryant 8–5 3–2 W 1 7–5 0–0
Central Connecticut 27–22 4–1 W 4 18–15 1–4
Fairleigh Dickinson 41–51 4–1 W 1 31–36 2–3
LIU Brooklyn 41–64 3–2 L 1 25–41 2–2
Mount St. Mary's 31–34 2–3 L 1 26–25 0–5
Robert Morris 29–43 3–2 W 2 25–38 2–4
Sacred Heart 20–10 4–1 L 1 19–10 0–0
Saint Francis (PA) 38–38 5–0 W 7 34–30 1–2
Wagner 52–41 3–2 L 2 35–32 2–3
*As of March 7, 2016.[40]

Terrier records[edit]

St. Francis College Records
Game[14] Season[14] Career[14]
Points 45 John Conforti vs Wagner (January 10, 1970) 680 Ray Minlend (1998–99) 1,720 Jalen Cannon (2011–15)
Points Per Game 24.3 Ray Minlend (1998–99)
24.3 John Conforti (1968–69)
21.3 Dennis McDermott
Rebounds 37 Al Inniss vs Lafayette (March 17, 1956) 367 Jalen Cannon (2011–15) 1,159 Jalen Cannon (2011–15)
Assists 16 Jim Paguaga vs York College (February 7, 1986) 233 Jim Paguaga (1985–86) 616 Brent Jones (2011–15)
Steals 11 Ron Arnold vs Mount St. Mary's (February 4, 1993) 120 Jim Paguaga (1985–86) 202 Greg Nunn (1997–01)
Blocked Shots 11 Richard Lugo vs Rider (February 12, 1997) 125 Richard Lugo (1996–97) 244 Julian McKelly (1981–86)

Other notable records include Vernon Stokes leading the country in field goal percentage with 59.5% shooting during the 1952–53 season. Ray Minlends 1998–99 record for points in a season was also second in the country that year behind Alvin Young's (Niagra) 728. Greg Nunn (1997–01) was the first player in the program to record 500 points and 500 assists then Brent Jones (2011–15) joined him in 2015 and soon exceeded him by becoming the first player to record 1,000 points and 500 assists. That same year Jalen Cannon became the first Terrier to record 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. Cannon then became the St. Francis Brooklyn all-time leader in rebounds with 1,019, the Northeast Conference all-time leader in rebounds with 1,033 and the St. Francis Brooklyn all-time scorer with 1,633 points.

Accolades[edit]

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Northeast Conference (1981–present)[edit]

Season NEC Player of the Year[37] NEC Defensive Player of the Year[37] NEC Coach of the Year[37] First Team All-NEC[37] Second Team ALL-NEC[37] NEC Rookie of the Year[37]
1981–82
1982–83
1983–84 Robert Jackson Robert Jackson
1984–85 Chris Phillips
1985–86
1986–87 Darrwin Purdie
1987–88 Andre Kibbler
1988–89 Darrwin Purdie
1989–90 Steve Mickens
1990–91 Rich Zvosec Ron Arnold Ron Arnold
1991–92 Lester James
1992–93 Ron Arnold
1993–94
1994–95
1995–96 Robert Bailey
1996–97 John Thomas
1997–98 Ron Ganulin Roque Osorio, John Thomas Richy Dominguez
1998–99 Ray Minlend Ray Minlend Angel Santana
1999–00 Steven Howard, Angel Santana
2000–01 Greg Nunn Richy Dominguez, Steven Howard
2001–02 Jason Morgan
2002–03 Clifford Strong
2003–04 Ron Ganulin Mike Wilson
2004–05 Tory Cavalieri Allan Sheppard
2005–06
2006–07 Robert Hines
2007–08
2008–09 Ricky Cadell
2009–10 Akeem Bennett
2010–11 Akeem Bennett Akeem Bennett, Ricky Cadell
2011–12 Glenn Braica
2012–13 Jalen Cannon
2013–14 Jalen Cannon
2014–15 Jalen Cannon Amdy Fall Glenn Braica Brent Jones, Jalen Cannon
2015–16 Amdy Fall
2016–17

Terriers in professional leagues[edit]

NBA[edit]

There has been a total of 11 Terriers drafted by NBA teams.[41]

Terriers in the NBA Draft
Year Player Round Overall Pick Team
1949 Gallagher TomTom Gallagher 45 Baltimore Bullets
1951 Luisi JimJim Luisi 6 56 Boston Celtics
1951 Reardon RoyRoy Reardon 7 64 Syracuse Nationals
1954 Daubenschmidt HenryHenry Daubenschmidt 3 23 Boston Celtics
1956 Mannix DanDan Mannix 63 Rochester Royals
1957 Acamushko WalterWalter Acamushko 6 42 Detroit Pistons
1958 Inniss Alvin B.Alvin B. Inniss 6 40 Pistons
1967 Radday GilGil Radday 8 84 New York Knicks
1974 McDermott DennisDennis McDermott 8 140 New York Knicks
1978 Cora NestorNestor Cora 8 165 Washington Bullets

Other leagues[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Retired Numbers
Number Player Years
22 Denis McDermott 1971–74

St. Francis basketball has honored only one former player, Denis McDermott by retiring his number. When McDermott graduated he was the career leading scorer (third all-time as of 2013–14) in the programs history and was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1974. McDermott also has the program's highest scoring average at 21.3 ppg over 74 career games.

Notable games[edit]

  • On February 11, 1939, St. Francis College won the first double-overtime game in Madison Square Garden history against Manhattan College, 53–49.[14]
  • On February 2, 1952, St. Francis participated in and won New York City's first ever quadruple overtime basketball game (professional or collegiate) against Seton Hall, 82–70.[50]
  • On March 17, 1956, Al Inniss set a St. Francis single-game rebounding record with 37 against Lafayette in the First Round of the 1956 National Invitation Tournament. That season the Terriers went as far as the semifinals in the NIT, finishing 4th. The 37 rebounds are still a Madison Square Garden and National Invitational Tournament record for most rebounds in a college game.[51]
  • On January 10, 1970, John Conforti made 20 field goals and scored 45 points against Wagner, both are Terrier records.
  • On March 5, 2001, St. Francis was 14 minutes away from the school's first appearance in the NCAA tournament. They were facing Monmouth in the Championship game of the 2001 NEC Tournament and enjoying a 20-point lead, when it unraveled and they ended up losing 64–67 in a nationally televised game on ESPN.[52]
  • On February 22, 2003, the Terriers hosted the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at The Pope for the annual Battle of Brooklyn and both teams set a NEC record for points in a game. The match-up went into double overtime and featured 282 points, with St. Francis winning 142–140.[53]
  • On November 8, 2013, St. Francis Brooklyn defeated defending ACC Tournament Champions Miami (FL) 66–62 in overtime. It marks the programs first win against an ACC opponent.[54]

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