Sophomore guard Keith Braxton (Glassboro, N.J./The Lawrenceville School) recorded the first-triple-double by a Saint Francis player since the NCAA began recording the stat during the 1997-98 season and freshman Mark Flagg (Fairless Hills, Pa./Pennsbury) added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Red Flash (13-9, 7-4 NEC) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson (7-15, 4-7 NEC) 74-60 in front of a national audience on CBS Sports Network.
“It was nice to redeem ourselves in a television game after last Friday’s performance,” said head coach Rob Krimmel. “I thought it was one of our more complete performances since the calender turned over in January. Congrats to Keith on the triple-double. It’s a fabulous accomplishment for a big-time player.”
Saint Francis saw its 56-43 second-half lead shrink to 61-59 with 4:32 remaining. That’s where junior guard Jamaal King (Salisbury, Md./Bishop O’Connell (Va.)) stepped in, delivering the knockout blow with a three-pointer followed by a transition layup to restore the lead to seven, 66-59, with 3:32 to play.
Inside the Box Score
Saint Francis made 28-of-56 (50.0%) shots for the game while the Knights made 26-of-71 (36.6%).
The Red Flash hit 8-of-14 (57.1%) three-pointers to just 2-of-19 (10.5%) for Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Red Flash outrebounded the Knights 40-37 for the game. It was just the third time in 11 conference games that SFU has led in rebounding.
The Red Flash recorded 20 assists for the game, its most since recording 24 in a win over Bethany on Dec. 18.
FDU led in points in the paint 46-36 and second chance points, 19-7.
SFU notched 21 points on the fastbreak.
Braxton’s triple-double was just the ninth in NEC history and the first by a Red Flash player.
It is the 18th recorded in NCAA Division I this season.
Braxton’s 10 assists were the most by a Saint Francis player since Chris Johnson recorded 10 vs. Bryant on Feb. 5, 2011.
Braxton’s 16 rebounds tied his season-high from a win over Lehigh on Dec. 21.
Flagg’s 10 rebounds were a career-high. He fell one shy of his career-high in scoring of 18, which he set at Wagner on Jan. 18.
Despite battling first-half foul trouble, King scored 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half.
Junior Andre Wolford (Willowick, Ohio/Saint Ignatius) made 3-of-6 three-pointers to score 15 points.
Sophomore Randall Gaskins Jr. added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
The Red Flash improved to 8-2 at DeGol Arena this season.
Saint Francis will try to separate itself from the four-way logjam for second place on Saturday when it plays one of the teams it is tied with in the standing, Mount St. Mary’s, at 4 p.m.