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VIDEO: Red Flash Suffer Tough-Luck Home Loss to Mt. St. Mary's

Earl Brown scored a game-high 30 points for Saint Francis in the loss.
LORETTO, CAMBRIA COUNTY - Thursday night at DeGol Arena the Saint Francis U men's basketball, once again, showed it could compete with the Northeast Conference's best teams.  But, once again, the Red Flash fell frustratingly short.

Led by a 30-point, eight-rebound effort by junior Earl Brown (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter), Saint Francis did nearly everything right in its, 83-77, setback to Mount St. Mary's (7-11; 3-2).

"One of the things we talked about coming into the game was, offensively, getting things to click," said SFU coach Rob Krimmel.  "I thought we did a pretty good job handling their pressure over the course of the game."

The Red Flash shot 54.1 percent from the field, it scored a staggering 60 points in the paint and played the 2013 NEC finalist Mountaineers evenly in nearly every statistical category.

However, SFU hit on just 3 of 14 from 3-point range and allowed two pivotal Mount St. Mary's runs.  The Flash led by as many as eight points in the first half before allowing a 12-0 Mount run that transformed a 21-16 edge into a five-point deficit.

The score was 33-28, Mountaineers, at the half.

Up, 56-51, midway through the second period, the Mount struck again, reeling off a 10-0 run keyed by four apiece from Sam Prescott and Gregory Graves.

Prescott, who scored a season-high 25 points, punctuated his night with a key 3-pointer in the final minute.  The Mountaineers were leading 74-71 when the senior guard nailed a 3 as the shot clock expired to extend their lead to six with 40 seconds left.

The Red Flash cut the deficit to four on three separate occasions down the stretch, but the Mount answered each time by making both of its free throws.

Greg Brown (Odenton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) chipped in a season-high 10 points for the Frankies, while Ronnie Drinnon (Jamestown, Ohio/Greenview) pulled down a career best 12 rebounds.  The Mount ended up with a slim 34-33 edge on the boards, although its 13 offensive boards led to 16 points.

"We have to learn from this game and continue to grow as a team offensively and do a better job on the glass," said Krimmel.

--Saint Francis Athletic Communications
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