The Cabrini men’s basketball team won in the first CSAC game of the season, beating Centenary College by a score of 65-58 on Monday, Dec. 3.
The team made the trip to Centenary College where they have won 10 of the last 12 games they have played against them. Last season’s win against the Cyclones ended with an incredible 108-92 final score. That score of 108 points was the highest since 2006.
Senior Jeremy Knowles led the team with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Aaron Goodman added a double-double, his fifth in six games, 13 points and 10 rebounds. Seniors Goran Dulac and A.J. Williams also added 13 points each.
The beginning of the game proved to be a good matchup between both teams. In the first 12 minutes of play, neither the Cavaliers or the Cyclones could keep control of the ball. But five three-pointers by Centenary point guard Max Hughes and 21 first-half point led the Cyclones to a 40-29 lead at the half over the Cavaliers.
In the first half of the game, Cabrini shot only 35.5 percent from the floor, including 5-for-14 from three-point range.
Back from the break, Cabrini sprung back into the game and tied the score at 42 just five minutes into the half. Back and forth between the Cavaliers and Cyclones with Cabrini bringing the lead to seven points.
Cabrini bested the Cyclones by shooting 2-for-9 from three-point range and forcing three turnovers in the last four minutes of the game. The Cavaliers didn’t back down to Centenary defensively either. The Cyclones shot just 28.6 percent in the second half, and went 0-for-5 from three-point range. The Cyclones were only 2-for-11 from the free-throw line in the second half of the game. Cabrini out-rebounded Centenary for the game, 56-29.
Cabrini fought hard for what they wanted, a win and success of the first CSAC game this season. The win improves them to 4-2 on the season and gives them a good start to conference play.
Cabrini will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when they host Immaculata in the first conference game at the Nerney Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.