CSAC championship game rematch: men’s basketball falls short to Neumann University

The Cavaliers have a record of 8-7 overall and 6-3 in the CSAC. Keith Brown/Photo for Pub

The men’s basketball team lost the CSAC championship game rematch from last season, against the Neumann University Knights on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The game ended in a final score of 92-80 at Nerney Field House.

This was the team’s second consecutive loss against Neumann but even after falling short the team has high hopes for their next game against the Knights on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

“The next time we meet Neumann, we will be more prepared. We will prepare like we always prepare but we will fix little things that need to be fixed,” Jason Williams, men’s basketball team assistant coach, said. “Mistakes will be corrected by watching the film from the game and hopefully we come out with a win.”

“Offhand we would have to see the film but our defense is an error that we have to correct. Every game we lose, it’s the defense,” Williams said. “If we correct our defense, we’re fine. That’s something we need to correct and we know we can correct it going forward.”

Cabrini trailed 47-29 behind Neumann at the end of the first half. The loss dropped the Cavaliers to a total of 8-7 and 6-3 in the Colonial Athletic States Conference.

Even though the Cavaliers lost, senior Ace Henry’s triple did get the team ahead during the first half with a score of 13-10 for a few minutes. Looking forward to the rematch, the Cavaliers hope to improve in the first half of the game.

“Next time we meet Neumann, I hope we have a better first half,” Qwame Dokes, freshman forward, said.

Late in the second half, Jair Green was fouled by a Neumann player after making a shot. He made his free throw shot at the foul line, which ultimately gave Neumann the lead into the single digits 72-64 with 6:25 left in the game.

The players on each of the teams look forward to meeting again next game.

“I am looking forward to the environment and the crowd when we meet Cabrini again because it is always a rivalry game,” Matt O’Keefe, forward for Neumann University, said. “Last year we came in here and had a good win and they’ve been winning the past few years. Also, I am looking forward to playoff time.”

“Next game, I hope that our team is more aggressive against the Knights,” Anthony Linder, freshman center, said.

The men’s next game will be this Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. against Cairn University at the Nerney field house.