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February 1, 2014

Second half struggles sink Salem, snap win streak

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By then, Salem was out of rhythm and couldn’t find the answers.

“The shots weren’t falling. In the first half we were knocking down the shots, but not in the second half. That’s a tribute to their defense; they were all over us and they played a great game,” Doyle said. “It’s a setback and we had a chance to take a controllable lead in the (Northeastern) conference race. Now, it’s still in our hands. We have to play the games and see how it falls and just take care of our own business.”

English began finding the shots that it couldn’t in the first half, and the Bulldogs made them count. They hit five of their seven 3-pointers in the second half.

Erick Rosario hit three 3-pointers in the second half and scored a game-high 19 points. Johnny Hilaire added 15 points and Hogan and Danny Lukanda each scored 13 for English.

David Kazadi (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (15 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles for Salem. Dominguez hit four triples and scored 14 points while Rashad Keys just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.

English may have snapped Salem’s win streak, but Doyle still believes it’s something his team can build from.

“It was a pleasant surprise to win that many in a row with five new starters,” Doyle said. “To be in the position we’re in right now, I’m pleasantly surprised. The kids are working and getting better all time. We’ve won some close games and the kids have really stepped up.”

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