Armstrong's Solid Game Aids Bears' Win
POTSDAM, N.Y.—In his Bears debut, sophomore forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./NIA Prep) scored a game-hjgh 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (7-3, 2-1 SUNYAC) to an 86-70 victory over the College at Brockport (7-3, 2-1) on Friday evening. Senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) scored all 20 of his points in the second half and recorded five assists and fellow senior captain Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) sparked the Bears out of the gate and finished with 16 points and five assists. The Golden Eagles led 2-0 and 4-2 and though they forged several ties during the contest, never led again. Brockport senior forward Justin Summers (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bushwick Campus) opened the scoring with a layup, but Brown countered with a jumper on the very first shot of his Potsdam career to tie the score. The Bears used baskets by Delsol-Lowry, junior forward Dante Viskovich (Massena, N.Y./Massena), sophomore guard Isaiah Joseph (Harlem, N.Y./Izquierdo Health & Science) and Brown to build a 10-6 lead at the 14:23 mark. A layup from Brown at 9:52 capped a 24-10 run and gave Potsdam it's biggest advantage of the half at 26-14, but the Bears couldn't shake the Golden Eagles. Brockport outscored Potsdam 20-8 over the next seven minutes to tie the game at 34 apiece with 2:49 left in the half. The Bears used a 7-3 spurt, including a Delsol-Lowry three, heading into the half for a 41-37 lead at the break. Thomas opened the second half with a 3-pointer, but Brockport used a 13-9 stretch to even the score at 50 at 16:26. Potsdam quickly pulled away again with six straight points from Brown and Thomas, but the back-and-forth scoring pattern continued. Golden Eagles graduate student guard Tyler Collins (Newark, N.Y./Newark) hit one of his four second half threes to close the gap to 58-55 at 13:47. The Bears scored the next eight for a 66-55 lead, but Summers and Collins answered to get it back to within six. However, Brockport struggled to stay within six for the remainder of the contest. Brown hit a three to make it 77-68 at 4:52 and Thomas nailed one of his own just a minute later. Brown put the exclamation point on the win with a thundering dunk that made it 82-68 with 2:55 on the clock. Thomas then scored the final four points for the Bears to close out the 86-70 win. Joseph finished with eight points and senior captain Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid Waddington scored six and dished out four assists. Summers led the Eagles with 19 points, while Collins finished with 16 and sophomore guard Jahidi Wallace (Troy, N.Y./Lansingburgh) had 15 and totaled six boards. Junior forward Devante Hagins (Rochester, N.Y./Leadership Academy for Young Men) just missed a double-double with eight points and 12 boards. The Bears shot nearly 52-percent from the floor (35-68), while holding Brockport to 39-percent. The rebounding battle was even at 43. While his big three had big nights, Potsdam head coach Jim Bechtel was proud of his unsung heros who proved the depth his program has built. The Bears look to keep their momentum when they host SUNY Geneseo at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
LADY BEARS FALL IN HOME OPENER
POTSDAM, N.Y.-The College at Brockport (4-6, 1-2 SUNYAC) pulled away late to defeat the SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (4-5, 1-2) 66-52 on Friday night in its home opener. Freshman forward Jakia Howard (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) posted her third straight double-double to lead the Bears with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Freshman guard Caroline LaFountain (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) also reached double digits with 11 points. The teams battled basket-for-basket over the first seven minutes. Sophomore guard Dyamon Hunter (Bronx, N.Y./Thurgood Marshal Academy) drilled a three with 3:08 left to tie the score at 11. However, the Golden Eagles closed the half on a 7-1 run and led 18-12 after one quarter. Potsdam and Brockport battled to a 16-16 draw in the second quarter, but with surges by each team. Golden Eagles junior guard Juliana Taylor (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) opened the scoring with a layup to extend the lead to 20-12, but the Bears answered with an 8-3 to make it 23-20 at the 6:26 mark. Howard sank two free throws and Hunter, LaFountain and freshman guard Tsai Lewis (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) each contributed layups to account for the points. Brockport scored eight of the next 11 points, with Potsdam's only basket coming on Hunter three, and led 31-23 at 1:39. LaFountain converted a three-point play attempt to close the gap to five, but Golden Eagles sophomore forward Kylee Rosbrook (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown) answered with one of her own to make it 34-26. Freshman guard Bella Barner (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) hit a jumper at the buzzer on an in-bound pass from Hunter and Potsdam trailed 34-28 at the break. The third quarter was tightly contested, but the Bears were unable to gain any ground. A layup from sophomore forward Devyn Elliott (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) closed the gap to 38-35 at 7:13 and two free throws from Howard kept it 42-39 Brockport nearly three minutes later. Again the Golden Eagles closed a quarter on a 7-2 run and led 49-41 after 30 minutes. Five straight points on a three from sophomore guard Katelyn Flanagan (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) and a layup from Elliott cut Brockport's advantage to 51-46 with 7:07 to play, but a 16-6 finish to the contest sealed the win for the Golden Eagles. Howard had six points in the final 10 minutes. Hunter finished with eight points and Barner had seven. Foul trouble limited Elliott to six points and nine boards. Lewis scored five points on the night. Sophomore guard Chelsea Henry (Greece, N.Y./Greece Athena) led all scorers with 19 points along with seven boards for Brockport. Freshman guard Erin Radack (Lakewood, N.Y./Southwestern Central) scored 13 and Rosbrook finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Golden Eagles shot 36-percent from the floor while holding the Bears to 33 and edged Potsdam 43-41 on the glass. The Bears host SUNYAC powerhouse SUNY Geneseo tomorrow at 2 p.m.