St. Augustine's

St. Aug Men Grab 76 Rebounds In Season Opening Basketball Win

Posted November 11, 2013

— Saint Augustine’s University opened its men’s basketball season in electrifying fashion on Monday, November 11, 2013.

Preseason All-CIAA guard-forward Joel Kindred (Sr./Raleigh, NC) had 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead four players with double-doubles and the Falcons corralled 76 rebounds in a 108-88 victory over Morris College before a capacity crowd at Emery Gymnasium. Guard Amere May (Jr./South Haven, MI) added 24 points and 12 rebounds, 6-9 center Jonathan Crawley (Sr./Richmond, VA) finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds and 6-9 forward Daniel Clark totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons.

The Falcons won by 20 points in the head coaching debut of Tony Sheals. They shot 58 percent and outrebounded the Hornets 33-17 in the second half to secure the victory.

“Well, anytime you start the season off winning the first game, it is a priority because you can’t go undefeated unless you win the first game,” said Sheals, with a laugh. “So having my first victory as a Falcon is a proud moment for me, and we hope we can continue to do the same thing over and over again.”

The Falcons will be in good shape if they continue to rebound the way they did Monday. The rebound total is the most in recent memory for the Falcons but is far off the Division II national record of 111 rebounds by Central Michigan against Alma in 1963. Both St. Aug and Morris (47 rebounds) combined for 123 rebounds which was 18 away from tying the Division II record of 141. It is uncertain if the 76 rebounds by the Falcons set a CIAA record.

When asked about the 76 rebounds, Sheals smiled and said: “We missed 56 shots though.”

Both teams attempted 189 shots combined in the fast-paced contest with the Falcons taking 101 shots and the Hornets shooting 88 times including 38 three-pointers. The Falcons rebounded most of the missed shots which led to a huge 74-40 advantage in points in the paint and a 35-21 edge in second chance points.

Coach Sheals knew the Falcons would have to keep pace with the high-scoring Hornets coming into the contest.

“This team came in averaging 85 points a game, so we knew they were a team that could put it in the basket,” Sheals said. “[Morris] also played several games this season and this was our first game. We knew we’d be tested but it was a good game for us because we needed to be tested and pushed to the limit. I have to give [Morris] credit, but our kids held their poise.”

The Falcons led 45-36 at halftime behind 13 points and 11 rebounds from Kindred and 11 points from May. They pushed the lead to 70-52 in the second half on May’s layup, but the Hornets cut the margin to seven points on three separate occasions. John Nelson (12 points) scored to pull the Hornets within 90-83, but the Falcons responded with 15 straight points capped by two Clark free throws for a 105-83 lead with 1:05 remaining.

Both teams pressured the ball which led to a wide-open contest. The Falcons were more aggressive on the boards, on defense (forcing 22 turnovers) and in breaking the press which resulted in easy baskets for a good win in front of the home fans.

The Falcons shot 45 percent for the contest and held Morris to 39 percent shooting for the game including 29 percent behind the three-point stripe. Frank Charles paced the Hornets with 19 points and Dominique Howard added 16 points.

The Falcons hit the road for their second game. They visit Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. for a 5 p.m. non-conference matchup on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

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