Seck Records New Career Best, Ravens Sky Over Purple Knights

Falu Seck (Photo Courtesy of Luke Tracy)
Falu Seck (Photo Courtesy of Luke Tracy)

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

RINDGE, N.H. (February 9, 2019) – Franklin Pierce University men's basketball junior guard Falu Seck (Washington, D.C.) scored a career-high 28 points as the Crimson and Grey were victorious 87-74 against Northeast-10 Conference opponent Saint Michael's College Saturday afternoon during "Rocky the Raven" birthday bash. With the win, FPU stays in fourth place in the Northeast Division at 12-11, 8-8 NE10 while the Purple Knights stumble to 6-15, 3-13 NE10.

Seck tallied 18 of his 28 markers in the first half going 6-of-8 (75%) from the floor and 5-of-7 (71.4%) from beyond the arc. He finished the game with 58.8% (10-of-17) field goal efficiency and dished out three assists. He bettered his previous career-high of 23 points set against Jefferson last season on January 3, 2018.

Teammates Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) and Doyin Fadojutimi (Temple Hills, Md.) joined Seck in double-figures. Arthur produced 18 points on efficient 5-of-7 (71.4%), 3-of-5 (60%) three-point and 5-of-5 (100%) from the charity stripe in only 22 minutes of play. All of his production came in the second half as he racked up two early fouls in three first-half minutes. Fadojutimi stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and one steal.

Graduate student Lolami Lola-Charles (Aberdeen, Md.) matched a career-best with 10 rebounds – four offensive and sophomore guard Sam van Oostrum (Sheffield, England) filled the box score with a game-high five assists, three rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and one point.

For Saint Michael's Levi Holmes III was dominant on offense leading all scorers with 30 points – 13 of them coming at the stripe. Winston Jones II had a double-double with 13 points and a contest-best 11 caroms.

FPU outshot their counterparts (50.9%-to-38.3%) and their bench outproduced Saint Michael's (17-to-0) however the Purple Knights had 32 points in the paint compared to the Ravens 26 and more second-chance points.

Pierce began the contest on a 12-2 run scoring the matchups first seven points. Freshman guard Isaiah Moore (Temple Hills, Md.) corralled a skip pass by Seck and rifled home a left corner three to begin the binge and Lola-Charles ended the spurt putting up an offensive board on the left block. Two Jones II freebies at the 14:15 mark made it a two-possession game, 16-12.

A 15-2 run for the Ravens gave them their largest lead of the first half, 29-16. The key play in the outburst was the Ravens press which led to Jordan Guzman throwing the ball away. Seck took advantage and connected on a right baseline runner to open up the double-digit edge. SMC answered with a 12-3 run of their own to bring their deficit down to four, 32-28. Holmes III kickstarted the binge with a rare four-point play by sinking a three on the left wing while being fouled. Moore and Seck grew the Raven advantage back up to nine, however, eight straight by Saint Michael's tied the contest 37-37. Seck pushed the Ravens back in front with his final three of the half.

Guzman and Derek Cheatom gave the guests a short-lived two-point, 42-40 lead. The game of runs continued for FPU as a huge 19-3 run upped their advantage to 59-45 with 13:36 to go. Arthur was the catalyst knocking home two three-balls and producing 11 of those 19 markers. Nine consecutive points for Saint Michael's made it a two-possession game following a DiGrande layup. The teams swapped points back and forth over the next few minutes until Fadojutimi pushed the Ravens ahead 72-63 late in the half after picking off a pass and going the other way for a dunk. SMC tried to mount a comeback; however, the Ravens pulled away late for the win.

FPU remains at home on Wednesday for a conference contest against Merrimack College with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m.

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