The last time Good Counsel and St. John's met, Good Counsel was an upset winner on the strength of 59 points from its formidable scoring duo of Kurt Small and Nii Nelson-Richards.
Last night in the rematch, other Falcons, especially center Thomas Treadwell, relieved the tandem of some of the scoring burden as 17th-ranked Good Counsel held on to defeat eighth-ranked St. John's, 65-58, in a Metro Conference game at St. John's.
On a night when Nelson-Richards (20 points) and Small (season-low nine points) were shackled by a triangle-and-two defense, Treadwell filled the void with 14 points on seven-of-seven shooting and 11 rebounds.
"They think that Good Counsel is made up of just two players," said Treadwell, a sophomore. "But we have more than just two players that can play. While they were so busy trying to double-team them, it leaves a man open, and I just happened to be right there."
Chuck Ferrell, Brian Ligon and Steve Howes also proved to be enough of a scoring threat to make the Cadets (16-3, 0-1 in the second half) pay when they slacked off on Nelson-Richards and Small.
"We said before the game we knew they would do something special against Nii and Kurt and we told the other guys they had to pick it up," said Falcons Coach Joe McCall.
The Cadets limited Small to five points and Nelson-Richards to none but trailed 15-10 after one quarter.
At the end of the first quarter and into the second, the Falcons (15-3, 1-0) went on a 19-2 tear to take a 30-12 lead. It was 36-23 at halftime, though Small and Nelson-Richards had only nine points apiece.
Things went awry for the Falcons in the second half as St. John's climbed back into the game behind its pressure defense and the shooting of Warren Williams (15 points) and David Cox (18 points).
Good Counsel held a 50-47 lead after three quarters and St. John's took a 55-54 lead with 4:31 remaining and extended it to 57-54 before the Falcons collected themselves.
Down 58-57, Good Counsel held the Cadets scoreless for the remainder of the game as Small and Nelson-Richard served as assist men. Small finished with seven assists, Nelson-Richards had six.
Small assisted on baskets by Treadwell and Ligon, and Nelson-Richards assisted on a Treadwell score before hitting two free throws as the Falcons scored the final seven points to pull out the win.
"We really showed a lot of composure down the stretch," said McCall. "It looked like we were totally gone and totally wild, then we regained our composure."