Men's Basketball ends season with strong finish over Greenville
St. Louis- Tonight the Fontbonne University men's basketball team meshed as a unit. The Griffins only led by 5 points (37-32) going into the lockerroom at halftime. Fontbonne's 3-point shooting gave them the edge over the Panthers in the 2nd half and Fontbonne went on to win 90-74.
Fontbonne was able to maintain their lead the entire 2nd half and led by as much as17 points.
Only winning by 2 points with 7:25 left to play (62-60), Fontbonne went on a 24-9 run to lead 86-69 with 2 minutes remaining. Those 24 points were spread across 5 different Griffins (Greg Gentry, Blake Welch, Jared Greenlee, Darius Rucker and Andrew Chism).
Fontbonne out-rebounded (42-32), out-assisted (26-11) and out-shot Greenville from the 3-point range.
Both teams had four players in double digits and Fontbonne was 1, 2, and 3 in that category. Greenlee recorded the only double-double of the game with the game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds; Rucker accumulated 19 points and brought in 8 rebounds; Welch was a close 3rd on the team with 18 points (4 treys); and Yada Demisse was the final Griffin scoring 12 points (4 3 pointers in just 17 minutes of play).
Tonight Greenlee and Rucker each connected on 9 field goals which is a career-high for both freshmen. Their total points each on the night (Greenlee-22 and Rucker-19) were also career-highs.
Other major contributers for Fontbonne was Gentry who recorded 8 assists and sunk all 6 free throw attempts despite injuring his left hand early in the game. Chism recorded 5 assists in 13 minutes of play, most notably for Rucker on the alley-oop play.
Fontbonne's young team looks to improve and gel next year as they are made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores this year.