St. Francis (Pa) holds off Fairleigh Dickinson 70-64
LORETTO, Pa. (AP) Isaiah Blackmon scored 20 points with four 3-pointers, Jamaal King added 16 with six assists, and St. Francis (Pa) held off Fairleigh Dickinson 70-64 on Saturday to clinch a top four seed and host its first NEC tournament quarterfinals game since 1991.
Josh Nebo scored 11 with 12 rebounds and Keith Braxton had 11 boards for the Red Flash (14-15, 11-7), which entered the game fourth in conference standings.
King’s two free throws put St. Francis up 43-34 early in the second half, but Earl Potts Jr.’s layup and 3 sparked a 15-1 run and the Knights led 52-47 on Darnell Edge’s 3-pointer while St. Francis went six-plus minutes without a field goal. The Red Flash scored 15 straight and regained the lead 62-57 on Blackmon’s layup with 2:42 left.
The Knights closed to 68-64 on Darian Anderson’s 3 with eight seconds left, but Blackmon made two from the line and St. Francis held on.
Edge scored 19 and had four steals for the Knights (11-18, 9-9), who have lost five straight and entered a game behind the Red Flash.