LORETTO, CAMBRIA COUNTY – Saint Francis U closed out its season-long five game home stand Saturday with a coast-to-coast, 83-75, win over Fairleigh Dickinson at the Stokes Athletics Center.
Ben Millaud-Meunier (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier) scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, in the victory, which raised the Red Flash to 4-4 in Northeast Conference play, and surpassed last season's win total with eight games remaining.
"Our confidence is pretty high right now… but we've still got level heads," said Millaud-Meunier of SFU's first three-game win streak since the 2010-11 season. "We've got a good leader – one of the first things [coach Rob Krimmel] said after the game was 'enjoy it, but we've got to get another one on Thursday'."
Saint Francis (6-15), which registered its highest scoring output of the season, took a 47-31 advantage into the break, but had to hold off a Fairleigh Dickinson rally late in the second half that shaved the gap to as few as six points in the final minutes.
"We knew FDU was going to make a run," said Krimmel. "I thought our guys did a great job staying the course. There are some things we have to learn from in game situations, but I'm proud of the way our guys battled and stuck together."
Stephon Whyatt (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) contributed 15 points, including a 3-pointer midway through the second half that gave the Red Flash its largest lead of the game at 59-37. Ronnie Drinnon (Jamestown, Ohio/Greenview) had 11 rebounds for SFU, which shot 49 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from long range.
Fairleigh Dickinson (8-14, 4-4) outscored SFU 44-36 in the second half.
Sidney Sanders Jr. led the Knights with 30 points and eight assists, while Xavier Harris had 13 points, Matt MacDonald 11 and Mustafaa Jones 10.
The Red Flash will now take its show on the road for a two-game set in New York. The Frankies visit St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday, followed by a Saturday game at LIU Brooklyn.
"We just have to maintain this level of concentration," said Whyatt. "We've just got to stay hungry. No one is nervous about [playing on the road]; we don't think it's a curse or anything. We've just got to go get it."
--St. Francis Athletic Communications