Photo Credit: King's College Athletics
Photo Credit: King’s College Athletics

Monarch basketball made the trip to Madison, N.J., on Saturday afternoon for a matchup with Farleigh Dickinson-Florham University. The trip came just two days after the Monarchs played their most reason game, also on the road, and fatigue certainly could have been credited as an issue as the Devils took the sweep over the Monarchs.

First up was a very tall order for the Lady Monarchs as the Lady Devils came into the game undefeated on the season and ranked seventh in the nation. The Lady Devils showed just how talented and deep they are as they cruised to a 90-44 win over King’s.

Florham improves to 21-0 and 10-0 in conference play on the season while King’s falls to 5-16 and 1-9 overall.

The game was seemingly put away early as the Lady Devils opened the first 6:48 of the game on a 22-2 run, forcing seven King’s turnovers during the run. The Lady Monarchs did not manage to get closer than 19 the rest of the first half.

Things did not get much better to begin the second half as Florham began the half on a 10-0 run and the Lady Monarchs got no closer than 33 the rest of the way.

Sophomore Tara Zdancewicz led the way for King’s with 11 points and three rebounds while fellow sophomore Jennifer Fabian contributed 10 points and six boards. Junior Marissa Manning added nine points and three rebounds while freshman Kasey Seitz added five points, four boards, and four assists.

The Lady Devils were led by 14 points each from Kara Dayon, Alyssa McDonoghue, and Leigh-Ann Livele. Shalette Brown chipped in with 12 points while Kyra Dayon added seven points and six boards.

The result was not much better for the men as the Monarchs saw their playoff hopes take an enormous hit as Farleigh Dickinson-Florham downed King’s 61-52.

King’s falls to 11-10 overall and 4-6 in Freedom Conference play on the season while Florham improves to 11-10 and 6-4 in conference action. More importantly the win for the Devils completes the season sweep over the Monarchs as they currently sit in fourth place in the conference and will have the head-to-head tiebreaker over King’s thanks to the season sweep.

Once again the story for the Monarchs in this game is what it seems it has been over the past few weeks: the second half.

The Monarchs found themselves in front 42-41 with 7:06 to play in the game but the Devils used a 20-10 run over the remainder of the game to down the Monarchs.

This was the third consecutive game in which the Monarchs allowed 43 or more points in the second half. In all King’s has allowed an average of 49.7 points in the second half of each of the last three games after allowing 44 against the Devils, 43 in a home loss to DeSales and an overwhelming 62 despite holding on for the win against Eastern. But in this game the shooting could not bail the Monarchs’ defensive woes out.

            King’s finished the game shooting just 30.9% (21-68) from the field and 23.1% (3-13) from three-point range. The Monarchs attempted just 11 free throws in the game, making seven of them while the Devils more than doubled the Monarchs in free throw attempts, getting to the line 24 times and making 15 of them. The Devils also out-rebounded the Monarchs 48-41.

            Sophomore Tom Heston led the way for King’s offensively with 18 points and nine rebounds. Senior Kyle Hammonds chipped in with 13 points and three while fellow senior Joe Caffrey added seven points and three steals. Connor Hughes and Pat O’Donnell added six points each for King’s.

            The Devils were paced by Kevin Furlong who led all scorers with 22 points and seven rebounds while John Flete added 18 points and four boards. Trevor Sykes added 13 points and five rebounds while Will Green added five points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

            This loss leaves the Monarchs’ playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. King’s now has put itself in a position where it must win its final four games to qualify for the postseason as just one loss combined with one Devils victory will eliminate the Monarchs.

            The final four game stretch begins on Wednesday as Monarch basketball returns home to Scandlon Gymnasium where it will welcome Delaware Valley College. The women’s game will tip off at 6:00 p.m. while the men’s game will tip at approximately 8:00 p.m.