Armstrong Helps Lead Bears; Roos Streak At 8
GENESEO, N.Y.-The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (14-4, 9-2 SUNYAC) got back into the win column Saturday evening with a 68-59 victory over the SUNY Geneseo Knights (6-12, 3-8) on Saturday afternoon. The Bears never trailed in the contest. Freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) led the Bears with 16 points, 14 rebounds, three thefts and two rejections. Senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) finished with a team-high 18 points.
Another senior captain Aaron Armstrong was also very impactful in the win scoring 14 points on 6-7 shooting, grabbing seven rebounds and committing only one turnover while playing a team-high 36 minutes. The Bears got out to a lead early, with Baptiste scoring six of the Bears first 11 points. Baptiste introduced the scoring at the 18:01 mark with a putback. The teams battled back and forth with the Bears maintaining a slight lead throughout. Eventually, Potsdam's 14-1 run in the later stages of the half gave them the largest lead of the half at 15 (35-20) with 1:21 left. The run started with a pull up jumper from Thomas at the 5:23 mark and it concluded with senior captain Aaron Armstrong's (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington) putback after a missed free throw. Free throws from the Knights halted the run by the visitors. Thomas helped the Bears finish the half strong after his 3-point attempt bounced around and went in to close. Potsdam went into the locker room with a 38-24 halftime lead. Joseph Harclerode opened up the second half scoring with a reverse layup off the bounce pass from Alex Merhige. A couple of possessions later, Merhige followed it up with a drive and slam to get the Knights within 10. However, the Bears continued to find answer for a run by Geneseo. After the dunk, Delsol-Lowry dished it to Armstrong in the left corner, who drilled the 3-point shot to make it 41-28 at 17:19. At the halfway point of the second half, Thomas' floater off the glass granted Potsdam the largest lead of the game at 16. After Geneseo nearly came within single digits again with a personal 7-0 run by Michael Gannon, freshman forward Ahamadou Sillah (Bronx, N.Y./Kipp NYC College Prep) responded with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 7:24 remaining. The Bears were able to rely on their defense to keep the Knights at arm's length. The home team would eventually come within single digits with 11 seconds left, but the Bears had already secured 68-59 win. Sophomore forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./NIA Prep) added 10 points and six rebounds. For the Knights, Merhige chipped in with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. Potsdam shot 46-percent from the field and Geneseo shot 40-percent. The victory was the Bears' first at Geneseo since February 4, 2006. Today's win was Potsdam's 14th of the season, the most since the program won 16 during the same year. The Bears play the last game of their road trip on Tuesday in Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m.
Stifling Defense Leads roos Eighth Straight Win Johnson, VT – Danny Santana (17), Quran DuBois (17) and George Nehma (15) all scored in double figures as the men’s basketball team won its eighth straight contest to improve to 9-1 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play following a 65-40 win at NVU-Johnson on Saturday. The Roos limited the Badgers to just 40 points in the contest, the fewest points surrendered in five years. THE BASICS
Result: SUNY Canton 65, NVU-Johnson 40Location: Carter Gymnasium – Johnson, VTRecords: SUNY Canton (13-8, 9-1 NAC) | NVU-Johnson (4-16, 2-7 NAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Santana, DuBois and Nehma paced SUNY Canton with double digit points as the three combined to shoot 50 percent (18-for-36) from the field. Joseph Werner and Ibu Smith added six points each with Werner pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds.The 40 points given up by the Roos are a season-low and the fewest scored by an opponent v. the Roos since November 21, 2015 when SUNY Poly scored 40 in a 56-40 Roos win. That same season SUNY Canton held Albany College of Pharmacy to 36 points (12/6/15).Kiyl Mack was the lone Badgers player to reach double digits with 12 points.SUNY Canton held NVU-Johnson to 30.2 percent shooting for the game, while hitting on 41.4 percent of their own shots.The Badgers led by one point early but the Roos opened up as much as an 11-point advantage (26-15) in the first half. Canton took a 30-22 lead into intermission.The Roos opened up an 18-point lead over the first 11:44 of the second half and cruised to the victory.
WHAT'S NEXT The Roos return to action on Friday when they host Maine Farmington in a key NAC showdown at 7 p.m.