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MBB: SFU Red Flash Take Down C.C.S.

Brown picks up his 9th double-double of the year in the win.
LORETTO, CAMBRIA COUNTY - Three Saint Francis players scored in double figures, led by a 25-point performance by Earl Brown (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter), as the Red Flash downed Central Connecticut 69-63 at the Stokes Center Thursday night.

Brown, who also grabbed 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, helped the Frankies sweep the season series from the Blue Devils for the first time since the 1997-98 season and improve to 3-4 in Northeast Conference play.

"Second time around against [CCSU] Coach [Howie] Dickenman's team we knew was going to be a battle," said SFU coach Rob Krimmel.  "We challenged our guys to rebound better and that is the one statistic that sticks out after this game, 16 offensive rebounds."

The Red Flash, which won the rebounding battle 40-33, cashed in its season-high offensive board total for 18 second-chance points.

Keyed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Malik Harmon (Queens, N.Y./Christ the King), the Red Flash went into the intermission with a 35-29 edge, but CCSU was quick to respond in the second half.

Faronte Drakeford scored 14 points in a 19-to-5 Blue Devils run that spanned the first 7:27 of the second half and put Central Connecticut up 48-40.  CCSU hit on all 11 of its field goal attempts to open the new period.

The Red Flash, however, scored 19 of the game's next 26 points to take the lead for good.

"Give our guys credit for responding to the CCSU run, we held them to 63 points," said Krimmel. "That's one of our goals as a team to be the number one defensive team in the Northeast Conference. I thought our guys executed well down the stretch, making free throws when we needed to hit free throws, our next step is preparing for Saturday's game."

In fact, the Flash hit on 13 of 14 attempts from the free throw line for a season-high 92.9 percent.  Ben Millaud-Meunier (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier), who iced Saturday's win over Sacred Heart from the line, was called to reprise his 'closer' role on Thursday.

Saint Francis was 8-for-8 from the line in the game's final 30 seconds, including six makes by Millaud-Meunier and two more by Greg Brown (Odenton, Md./Archbishop Spalding).

Ronnie Drinnon (Jamestown, Ohio/Greenview) and Ben Millaud-Meunier (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier) both added 12 points for SFU (5-15).  Drakeford led CCSU with 21 points and eight boards.

Saint Francis has nine games remaining on its regular season slate, starting with a Saturday visit by Fairleigh Dickinson.

--Saint Francis Athletic Communications
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