The Friars' aggressive full court defense forced Reynolds into turnover after turnover, and by the time Terry fouled out with little over 4:00 to play, the outcome was all but officially decided. With Terry on the bench, Syracuse-bound forward Terrence Roberts and crew cruised to a 67-47 victory.
Carolina signee Terry and fellow future Tar Heel Justin Bohlander were both effective while on the court for the Demons. The trouble, though, was that neither were on the court nearly enough, as both had been saddled with two fouls by halftime.
All told, Terry scored 16 points on an efficient 5-6 from the floor (1-2 3pt, 5-7 FT), and added 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals, while committing 6 turnovers. Bohlander dropped in 9 points (3-6 FG, 3-5 FT) and directed the Demon offense for most of the second half, showing off his ball handling and passing skills.
Reynolds started slowly, falling behind 17-6 after the first quarter amidst a flurry of turnovers and fast break Friar baskets, including 2 scores from Roberts, all the product of suffocating defense by St. Anthony's superior guards. Howard West's crew woke up in the second quarter, playing their opponents evenly for the second 8 minutes. Still, Terry and company trailed 33-20 at the break.
The Demons came out strong from halftime, and went on several second half runs, cutting the lead to as few as nine. Whenever they appeared ready to take control, though, costly turnovers allowed St. Anthony's to stretch their lead back into double digits, and, with Terry on the bench, made the game look more lopsided than it actually was.
In addition to the surprising ball skills mentioned above, Bohlander showcased an effective hook shot, twice dropping the shot softly over the reach of Roberts and into the hoop. Meanwhile, this was a strange performance for Terry. He played aggressively while he was on the floor, but was so limited by foul trouble that he never really got into the flow of the game. Otherwise, the 6-8 wing might have put up some monster numbers.
For St. Anthony's, the 6-9 Roberts led the way, garnering Player of the Game honors for his performance. The key to the game, though, was the gritty play of 6-1 sophomore point guard Sean McCurdy, who orchestrated both ends of the Friar floor game with surprising precision and deadly accuracy.
Terry and Reynolds must rebound from this tiring loss quickly. They face Tar Heel target J.R. Smith and talented Newark (NJ) St. Benedict's tomorrow night.