Written by Andrew Capitelli (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Purchase, NY| Senior Isaiah Moore scored 18 points as the St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's basketball team (0-1) fell to Manhattanville College (1-0), 74-70, in an opening-night defeat on Wednesday evening.
Moore's 18 points came off of 7-11 shooting from the field and highlighted an SJC offense that shot 41.4% in the contest.
Junior transfer Christen Brown scored 11 points in his SJC debut.
Despite never holding a lead in the contest, St. Joseph's closed in on the Valiants on several occasions. Trailing 34-29 at halftime, the Golden Eagles cut their deficit to three points (41-38) 4:16 into the second half when Brown finished off a layup.
Manhattanville parried with a run of its own and later went up 14 points (55-41) with 10:30 to play in regulation.
A late-game push, which, at its climax, produced a converted three-pointer by Moore, brought SJC back to within two points (72-70) with 16 seconds remaining, but the Valiants sank a pair of free throws and staved off the guests for a 74-70 victory.
SJC was outshot 42.6% to 41.4% from the field but was successful 41.2% of the time from three while blanking Manhattanville from beyond the arc.
The Valiants outrebounded St. Joseph's 44-37 and caused 16 turnovers.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, November 18 when they visit non-conference opponent John Jay College for a 3:00 pm contest Follow the action live here.