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March 2, 2011

Men's Basketball Returns to Nec Playoffs

Team Rides 4 Game Winning Streak to First Round Thursday Night

Behind St. Francis College’s new Men's Career Points Leader Ricky Cadell and Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Year Akeem Bennett, St. Francis Men's Basketball returns to the NEC Playoffs this Thursday night for a 7:00pm quarterfinal match-up against Central Connecticut State (CCSU). (SFC Athletics website / video)

St. Francis is riding a four game winning streak into the playoffs, including a 75-65 victory over CCSU last week in Brooklyn Heights. The Terriers lost at CCSU, which has lost four of its last five matches, when the two faced off earlier this year in Connecticut.

Under new Head Coach, Glenn Braica, the Terriers finished the regular season at 15-14, the teams’ first winning season for the Men’s program since Braica was an assistant coach under Ron Ganulin in the 2003-2004 campaign.

The NEC also named Cadell and Bennett to the all-NEC second team, the second time each of them were honored with that award

Cadell was previously named to the all-NEC second team as a sophomore. In his last home game, he broke the 20 year old men’s school record for points, eclipsing Darrwin Purdie’s 1613 with a three pointer in the second half of a victory over Bryant.

Bennett is the second player in St. Francis history to win the NEC Defensive Player of the Year honor. He leads the NEC and ranks eighth in the country with 2.8 steals per game. The 6’3" guard from Long Island has also blocked 17 shots to rank second on the club.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
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