The Cabrini men’s basketball team had no problems with Neumann University as they added another victory on their season with a score of 88-79. The Nerney Field House was packed Thursday, Jan. 21, to watch this heated Colonial States Athletic Conference duel go down.
The Cavaliers, who are now riding a seven-game winning streak, came out firing as they took a quick 11-2 lead in the first half. Neumann would close this gap multiple times though to keep the Cavs on their toes.
Momentum was shifting back and forth throughout the entire game until something pivotal happened. The Cavs drove down the court as the final seconds of the first half were dwindling. Neumann was now within four points of catching the Cavs. The ball was dished off to senior Kevin Misevicius.
He eyed up the basket, took a deep breath and then released. The buzzer went off as the entire game seemed to freeze. Then a second later the only noise the crowd could hear was the net. The crowd erupted as the team quickly made their way to the locker room for half-time.
“It was one of those turning points in the game. Right then and there you knew we had it won,” Nate Martin, accounting major, said.
The second half was all Cabrini, as they slowly put Neumann away with a final score of 88-79. Misevicius finished the game off with a team-high 24 points. It was also noted that he has scored in double figures in 28 straight games.
“The win against Neumann brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of hosting the playoffs. We have to take it one game at a time and not look past any opponent to achieve that goal,” Misevicius said.
Sophomore forward, Brandon Carter, scored a career high 18 points. As a sophomore, Carter has had an ample amount of playing time and has been a great asset to this team. This is Carter’s third straight game scoring in double figures.
Freshman point guard Cory Lemons was on the brink of achieving a triple-double but settled with his second double-double of the season. Lemons, as a freshman, has been receiving a great amount of playing time this season. He finished the game off with 17 points.
Junior forward, Dom Farrello, and junior guard, Lamar Fisher finished the game off with 10 points each for the Cavaliers. The Cavs offense had five players score in double figures for the first time this season.
“We played well. We need to improve our defense and we need to work harder rebounding on both ends of the floor. Other than that we need to continue what we are doing to remain successful,” Farrello said.
The Cavaliers record at home now is a perfect 7-0. They are 14-0 against CSAC opponents since the start of last season.