Fadojutimi the Bright Spot in Raven Poor Shooting Performance at Adelphi

Doyin Fadojutimi (Photo Courtesy of Dan Forget Photography)
Doyin Fadojutimi (Photo Courtesy of Dan Forget Photography)

This Franklin Pierce University men's basketball recap is presented by Belletetes

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (January 26, 2019) – Franklin Pierce University men's basketball junior guard Doyin Fadojutimi (Temple Hills, Md.) produced a team-high 24 points during an 86-68 defeat at the hands of Northeast-10 Conference opponent Adelphi University Saturday afternoon. With the win, the host Panthers improve to 13-7, 7-5 NE10 while the Ravens drop below .500 at 9-10 and move to 5-7 in league play.

It was the second straight game in which Fadojutimi tallied 20+ points and the seventh time this season. The team captain was 8-of-13 (61.5%) from the hardwood and a perfect 6-of-6 (100%) at the free throw line. He came down with a team-high six rebounds, dished off three assists, recorded a game-best three steals and blocked two shot attempts in 31 minutes of play.

Teammate Isaiah Moore (Temple Hills, Md.) added 11 markers, a team-high four assists, and three caroms. Franklin Pierce had the fourth lowest shooting performance of their campaign converting only 37.9% (25-of-66) of their shot attempts. They were only 24.1% (7-of-29) from deep, were outrebounded (45-to-38) and outscored in the paint (50-to-34) by their counterparts. Adelphi drained 58.8% (20-of-34) of their second-half attempts compared to the Ravens 31.3% (10-of-32).

The Panthers were led by Jack Laffey's game-high 30 points as he was 6-of-12 (50%) from beyond the arc. He also chipped in eight boards. Oswald Parker III (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Conor Mcguinness (10 points, 12 assists) manufactured double-doubles.

Classmates Moore and guard Brandon Kolek (Cumberland, R.I.) connected on three-balls to move Pierce ahead 6-2 just 44 seconds into the battle. FPU kept tacking on points using a 9-2 mini-run with five points from Fadojutimi including an and1 and four off the shot of Moore to lead by a game-best 11 points, 15-4 with 16:15 left until the break. Eight consecutive points by the hosts made it a one-possession game 15-12 via a Laffey trifecta. Six straight by FPU grew their edge to seven when Lolami Lola-Charles (Aberdeen, Md.) threw down a jam.

With 10:21 left before the intermission, Adelphi used a 13-4 spurt capped off by a Laffey transition trey to give them their first advantage since it was 3-2 in the opening seconds, 29-27. Both squads swapped points until Pierce freshman forward Connor Cullen (Ankeny, Iowa) sank a three to push FPU in front 34-32. Adelphi was behind 36-35 at the intermission.

The Ravens knocked down two threes, Fadojutimi and Kolek to reopen the two possession Pierce edge, 42-37. Six in a row for the home team put them back on the plus side of the scoring column 50-48 at the 13:56 mark. Twenty seconds followed when sophomore guard Sam van Oostrum (Sheffield, England) drained a three to regain the lead for FPU, 51-50. The teams kept up the back and forth nature of the showdown until a 14-4 Adelphi binge gave them a 10 point, 69-59 lead. A Fadojutimi hoop and harm dropped the Raven deficit down to seven, but Laffey connected on another three to gain the momentum back to the hosts, 72-62. A couple of minutes passed when Fadojutimi once again brought it to a seven-point game via a deep range connection. Adelphi ended the game outscoring Pierce 14-3 to win by double-digits.

The Ravens head back home to the friendly confines of The Fieldhouse on Wednesday for a two-game home swing. They welcome the University of New Haven to campus for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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