Montgomery, Dunn key St. Francis Brooklyn to first win

Yunos Hopkinson

Yunos Hopkinson
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NICEVILLE, FLA. — Guards Glenn Sanabria and Rasheem Dunn combined for 48 points came to lead St. Francis Brooklyn to its first victory of the season with a 97-91 decision past Savannah State in the consolation round of the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic Friday at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.

Sanabria tallied a career-high 28 points, including 15 in the second half. Dunn, a freshman added a career-high 20 points, including 13 in the second half.

Dunn scored seven straight points during a two-minute stretch enabling the Terriers to turn a 51-51 tie into a 58-54 advantage which they never relinquished.

Guard Yunus Hopkinson added 18 points, hitting five three-point baskets, for St. Francis Brooklyn.

Jamel Bodrick St Francis Brooklyn

Jamel Bodrick St Francis Brooklyn
Credit: Jason Gilzene

Savannah State (2-4) entered the game leading the NCAA in three-point baskets made, while St. Francis Brooklyn was leading the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense.

The Tigers made 16 three-point baskets (35 attempts) against St. Francis Brooklyn.

Savannah State senior guard Casey Wells, who entered the game leading the NCAA in three-point shooting, was held to just three points, making one of seven shots.

Trailing 42-34, St. Francis Brooklyn closed out the first half with a 13-0 run in the final 96 seconds to grab a 45-42 lead. Consecutive layups by forward Robert Montgomery ignited the charge.

Senior guard Troyce Manassa led Savannah State with 22 points, while guard Austin Dasent added 18 points, including 10 in the first six minutes of the game.

St. Francis Brooklyn outrebounded Savannah State, 41-32, with Montgomery, Gunnar Olafsson and Jahmel Bodrick grabbing six rebounds apiece.

Forward Dexter McClanahan collected 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds for Savannah State.