by Dan Longtin, Kendra Syphers, Emily Catuccio
With a packed house and their fellow teammates showing up to support them in their only ABA (Athletes Backing Athletes) game of the season the men’s basketball team had one of their highest scoring games, but still fell 94-92 to Northest-10 rival Southern New Hampshire University.
Junior Jordan Lackey scored a career high 31 points and came up with 11 rebounds. “I try to keep the energy up,” said Lackey.
After Franklin Pierce took a 78-77 lead on SNHU with 6 minutes and 40 seconds to go, SNHU and Pierce went bucket for bucket as Lackey answered every SNHU basket with a layup of his own.
Like Lackey, freshman Falu Seck had a career night of his own. Seck played a total of 19 minutes, finishing with 11 points, being the only other player scoring double figures.
“I think I need to keep my confidence up,” said Seck, even after the loss. “I saw the defender was backing up a lot, I can feel I can shoot in my head, just contribute as much as possible to the team on offense and defense.”
Senior guard Donte Gittens suffered a minor ankle injury with 11 minutes to go in the second half. According to Gittens, this injury will not affect his ability to play in the rest of the season. “I’m definitely not going to leave the game, it’s my senior year the last two three games of the season, especially for this playoff push. I’ll be ready to ice and rehab it and get back out there and help my teammates out as much as possible,” said Gittens.
The Ravens finished the game with 18 personal fouls as a team, 8 turn overs and went 13-22 from the free throw line.
The Ravens next game is scheduled against Merrimack College on Saturday, February 18th, which is also their senior day.
“This Saturday is an important one… that game was already important but now it is critical, we need it,” said Lackey.
Tip off time is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Field House.