Team preview: St. Francis (N.Y.)

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In case any of his players forgot how they finished last season, St. Francis coach Brian Nash has done his best to remind them.

The second-year head coach taped the record up all around the athletic facility on the Brooklyn campus, including on each of the returning players' lockers, and always seems to bring it up in conversation.

"Anytime you don't make the conference tournament it's a disappointment," Nash said. "But we did it to ourselves."

The Terriers and the rookie head coach each had their share of growing pains last season, but they remained in the hunt for an NEC playoff spot until the final day of the season. A 67-64 loss to Long Island brought a bitter end to the season, but the team could easily blame losses to Sacred Heart and Monmouth
in the previous two games for missing out on a postseason berth.

The team could also blame its lack of offensive punch -- St. Francis averaged 63.7 points per game, but allowed 67.1.

"In eight games we lost the lead in the final five minutes," said Nash, who admits switching to his half-court motion offense from the team's more up-tempo style was a challenge. "All those [seniors] were great. It was tough for them to change styles and it took a long time to pick up the offense."