It was a fun day over at Monmouth University in front of a capacity crowd. Check below to re-live CBA’s resounding win over St. Anthony.
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4:08 p.m.: This is believed to be CBA’s first win over St. Anthony since 2001, according to CBA coach Geoff Billet. The sky is limit for the Colts given the fact that St. Anthony is the defending TOC champion and was at full strength. St. Anthony is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/Rise Top 50 in the nation. Imagine if CBA had been able to finish the job against St. Pat’s at the Boardwalk. The Colts would have a great case to be in the Top 25 in the nation right now and have to be considered in the mix to win a TOC title this season. Thanks for checking in, and I hope you enjoyed it. I know I did.
3:45 p.m.: Brian Neller led CBA with 19 points, junior point guard Roy Mabrey added 18 points and Pat Light had 9 points in a win over a team that is ranked nationally. CBA hit 10 3-pointers in the game, including five by Neller. Villanova recruit Dominic Cheek led St. Anthony with 15 points and Devon Collier added 14 points.
3:41 p.m.: CBA wins it (!!!), 50-42, for its first win over St. Anthony in God knows how long. Tremendous job, and a big game by Brian Neller was a huge reason.
3:59 p.m.: CBA has it in the bag, winning 50-42 with 00.2 seconds left in the game. Amazing. Tremendous job by the Colts, and the Colt Crazy stampede is on the way.
3:37 p.m.: Two free throws by Brian Neller and it’s 48-40 CBA with 31 seconds left in the game and CBA has possession.
3:36 p.m.: CBA is up 46-38 with 44.5 seconds left in the game and barring a miracle looks like it will pull off the upset.
3:32 p.m.: CBA is up 43-38 with 2:06 left in the game after two free throws by Roy Mabrey. Sophomore forward Matt McMullen has just fouled out and been replaced by Jon Rohan.
3:28 p.m.: CBA’s Brian Neller just answered a 3-pointer by Dominic Cheek with one of his own off an inbounds play to give the Colts a 41-38 lead with 2:47 left in regulation.
3:25 p.m.: Villanova recruit Dominic Cheek just drained his third 3-pointer of the game for St. Anthony to tie it at 38 with 3:25 left in regulation.
3:21 p.m.: CBA’s Roy Mabrey just buried a 3-pointer and the Colts lead 37-35 with 4:42 left in regulation. The 3-pointer has been the weapon that has put CBA in position to win a shocker as they have buried 9 threes in this game, while St. Anthony is misfiring from the perimeter against CBA’s zone.
3:18 p.m.: Pat Light just buried a 3-pointer and this place is roaring as CBA leads 34-32 with 6:11 to go in the game.
3:15 p.m.: This place is going bananas as CBA has cut it to 32-31 with 7:04 left in the fourth quarter. A putback by Roy Mabrey and a lay-up off a breakaway by Brian Neller followed by a St. Anthony turnover has the crowd roaring. This is the largest crowd in Boylan Gymnasium at Monmouth since Monmouth played Wagner for the NEC title in February of 2004, so this place is ready to explode if CBA pulls this off.
3:11 p.m.: St. Anthony leads 32-27 at the end of the third quarter after a putback in the final seconds.
3:05 p.m.: St. Anthony leads 30-26 with 1:48 left in the third quarter after Devon Collier just scored on a nice pass by point guard Elijah Carter. I’m wondering if fatigue is going to be a factor for CBA, especially inside, as Pat Light and Matt McMullen have rarely left the floor and have battled all game long with an army of Friars’ big men. They will need to fight through the fatigue for one more quarter to keep them off the offensive glass.
A quick side note, St. Anthony guard D’Marcus Owens, a Neptune resident, has not seen any minutes in the game.
3:01 p.m.: St. Anthony leads 28-26 with 3:46 left in the third quarter. This is the type of game CBA wanted – low-scoring, with St. Anthony being baited into long-range shots against its zone and CBA shooting a high percentage from behind the 3-point line.
2:56 p.m.: CBA is tied at 23 with St. Anthony with 4:52 left in the third quarter after the Colts briefly took a 22-21 lead on a 3-pointer by Travis Farrell, CBA’s sixth 3-pointer of the game.
2:53 p.m.: CBA has cut St. Anthony’s lead to 21-19 with 6:36 left in the third quarter after a pair of free throws by senior center Pat Light. Light backs down from no one, that’s for sure. He is getting offensive boards amidst a thicket of 6-7 or taller St. Anthony forwards.
2:47 p.m. (SA up 21-17 at half): Rutgers coach Fred Hill is sitting two spots to my left at the press table and there are plenty of other college coaches in the crowd as well. Obviously they are here to see St. Anthony’s arsenal of talent, but it can never hurt for somebody like Brian Neller or an up-and-coming player like Matt McMullen to have a nice game on a stage like this in front of the important sets of eyes in this crowd. CBA manager Kevin Belbey is even getting in on the act, as he is being interviewed on MSG’s broadcast right now and getting a chant from the Colt Crazies.
2:40 p.m.: St. Anthony leads 21-17 at the half. Brian Neller missed a pair of 3-point attempts that could’ve cut it to one before the break. The storyline is basically the Friars’ offensive rebounding and interior play vs. CBA’s long-range shooting. St. Anthony has missed numerous lay-ups off lobs into the paint and offensive rebounds to help keep CBA in the game. Neller has 9 points and Roy Mabrey has 8 for CBA, while Villanova-bound guard Dominic Cheek leads the Friars with 8 points. CBA is also an uncharacteristic 0-for-4 from the foul line.
2:29 p.m.: CBA has cut St. Anthony’s lead to 20-17 with 1:54 left in the first half. Brian Neller has drained two threes during an 8-3 run that helped wipe out a 17-9 deficit. St. Anthony’s is playing volleyball on the offensive glass but has missed a few chippies. Five of CBA’s six field goals in the game thus far have been 3-pointers, so it’s clear that the Colts are going to have to keep the hot shooting up and hope that St. Anthony continues to have trouble finishing on the offensive glass. St. Anthony’s Dominic Cheek also has already knocked down a pair of threes against CBA’s 2-3 zone. Neller and Mabrey have combined for all 17 of CBA’s points thus far.
2:17 p.m.: St. Anthony leads 13-9 after the first quarter. CBA is going to have to have a good shooting game from the perimeter because it’s a jungle inside the paint with the Friars’ size. They already have four blocks and have challenged everything by Pat Light and Matt McMullen. CBA is still in a 2-3 zone, while offensively it has handled St. Anthony’s full-court press pretty well. Senior guard Travis Farrell is starting in place of the injured Adam Spengler, who broke his hand in a win over Howell earlier this week. St. Anthony is on a 5-0 run to end the period after CBA had taken a 9-8 lead on a 3-pointer by Roy Mabrey.
It’s clear that CBA is hoping to turn St. Anthony into a jumpshooting team and praying that Villanova-bound guard Dominic Cheek doesn’t kill them from the perimeter.
2:11 p.m.: St. Anthony leads 10-9 with 2:46 left in the first quarter and you can see which way this game is headed. CBA is in a zone, and the Friars are hurting them inside off the lob and off the offensive glass with their size, while the Colts are hot from 3-point range. Roy Mabrey already has two 3-pointers and Brian Neller has added another for all of their points thus far.
2:03 p.m. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you can watch the replay of the game on MSG + Plus at 11 a.m. on Sunday or for our members, check out the highlights on our site whenever you want.