Rutland The College of St. Joseph men’s basketball team earned a win against NHTI on Jan. 26 with a final score of 78-64. The Fighting Saints have now won three games in a row and move to 12-6 overall on the season. The team is 7-1 in YSCC conference games.
Kareem Brown had his best game of the season for the Saints and led his team to victory with his dominating performance. He came out of the gate being more aggressive than usual and proved how much of a force he can be, scoring 25 points on 12 of 23 shooting and also snatched a staggering 18 rebounds. He controlled the game in the post all night and helped the Saints outscore the Lynx 52 to 26 in points in the paint.
Antonio Gordon took on the scoring load for the Saints as he has all season. He gave CSJ a huge spark off the bench, which has become par for the course. He was in the zone, scoring a game high 28 points on an efficient 12 for 16 from the field. He also went 3 of 6 from downtown.
NHTI was led by Jared Stauffeneker who ended up with 13 points and four rebounds.
The Saints were able to hold Dayvon Russell, NHTI’s leading scorer, to just nine points on 3 of 12 shooting. Russell scored 31 points in the first meeting of the season and CSJ made sure that he would not do that again. T
he Saints defense as a whole was special against the Lynx. They held them to 38.1 percent shooting and never let them feel comfortable.