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Flash win 2 in a row for first time, will try for 3 today

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It’s been hard for Saint Francis to get on any kind of roll this season because of a tough schedule, injuries and COVID, but the Red Flash finally have their first winning streak.

And they won’t have to wait long to see if they can extend it even further.

Saint Francis beat Central Connecticut State at home Saturday, 62-59, at DeGol Arena for its second win in a row. The two teams play again today at 4 p.m., and the Red Flash badly need another win as they try to rise up the standings in the Northeast Conference.

Saint Francis is 4-6 in the NEC and in eighth place. Only the top four teams in the league will make the postseason tournament, so the Flash have their work cut out for them down the stretch.

The league’s standings are jumbled tightly, with the top seven teams having either three or four losses. With six losses, Saint Francis is going to have to string together one or two nice winning streaks in order to jump into the top four.

You can’t have a lengthy winning streak until you have a winning streak at all, so two in a row is at least a start.

“I think it does a lot, to be honest,” guard Bryce Laskey said of getting two in a row. “At least personally, I’m more concerned with going 2-0 against Central Connecticut in those bundles. For us to get any momentum this season is gonna be big because we started out with that big win against Pitt, and then had a little bit of a landslide there (with six straight losses), so it means a lot being able to walk in the locker room and know that we’re being successful every day.”

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Ramiir Dixon-Conover led Saint Francis with 14 points. Laskey had 11 and Marlon Hargis 10 off the bench.

There was discussion after the game about potentially moving up the start of today’s game because of the snowstorm in the region, but the decision was made to keep it at 4 p.m.

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