Bronxville, N.Y. – The Concordia Clippers men's basketball team battled Southern Conn. St. on Friday evening in the Meyer Athletic Center for a non-conference game. The game marked the 4th Annual Jimmy Sayegh Game for Concordia as the Owls would spoil the occasion with a 98-74 victory over the Clippers to remain undefeated on the season.
Prior to tipoff Concordia dedicated the game to Jimmy Sayegh, whose life was cut too short when he lost his battle with cancer in the spring of 2010. Donations were collected during the game as the proceeds will be donated to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Jimmy's name.
Also during the night the entire community was introduced to six-year old Eli, the newest teammate to the men's basketball team. Eli was given a #1 jersey as head coach Brian Sondey introduced him to a packed house. Eli was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of pediatric blood cancer. A bond between Eli's family and the Clippers' program was fostered by Team IMPACT, an organization which helps place children battling illness with college athletic programs.
Tip-of began with both teams neck-and-neck to start during the first few minutes of play. The Owls would score six unanswered points to take a 12-7 lead with 15:12 left in the first half. So. Conn. St. would then use an 8-0 run later in the period to take a 24-11 advantage midway through the half. The Owls would end the half of a 12-9 run as Concordia went into the locker room trailing 49-34.
In the second half So. Conn. St. would continue to open up their advantage on the scoreboard as the Clippers were unable to cut into the deficit. The Owls would go on to take a 98-74 victory to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Senior Norman Pope (Washington, D.C.) led Concordia with 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field as he also added four rebounds. Freshman Jalen Heath (Joliet, Ill.) came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points and a career-best seven rebounds. The Clippers were outrebounded 60-34 as So. Conn. St. shot 50.7% as compared to Concordia's 35.4% shooting.
The Clippers (0-4, 0-1 CACC) will be back in action tomorrow evening for another non-conference game. Concordia will visit the University of New Haven for a 7 p.m. tip as fans unable attend the game can follow the action via the live stats and live video links on ConcordiaClippers.com.