Bears Bury 16 3s Beating Plattsburgh
POTSDAM.-The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (9-3, 4-1 SUNYAC) hit 16 3-pointers, including nine in the second half, to breeze past Plattsburgh State (4-8, 1-4) 98-79 on Tuesday night. Senior captain Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) had a game-high 24 points with 21 coming on seven threes. Sophomore forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./NIA Prep) scored 21 and grabbed five boards, while senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) had 18 and sophomore guard Isaiah Joseph (Harlem, N.Y./Izquierdo Health & Science) added 13.
Madrid-Waddington graduate Aaron Armstrong continued to make efficient contributions with five points on 2-2 shooting with five rebounds and four assists. The Bears never trailed in the contest and opened the first half on a 7-2 run. Freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) put on a show out of the gate with a layup for the first basket of the night and Potsdam's first 3-pointer. He had seven of his nine points and three of his eight rebounds in first four minutes. Cardinals junior guard Travis Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y./Frederick Douglass) scored to close the gap to 9-7, but senior captain Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington), Brown and Baptiste scored in succession to make it a 15-7 lead at 14:54.
Plattsburgh would never get within eight points of the lead again. The run continued to 13-0 with a Thomas layup followed by a Brown three and jumper to give Potsdam a commanding 22-7 advantage. The lead hovered between eight and 15 the rest of the half and Joseph sank a three to with 15 seconds left to send the Bears into the break with a 48-33 advantage. Cox led the Cardinals with 21 points along with six rebounds. Freshman guard Axel Rodriguez (Brooklyn, N.Y./New Paltz) finished with 14 points and DeAngelis scored 11 and grabbed six boards. The victory ended a 14-game drought against Plattsburgh. Potsdam last defeated the Cardinals on Feb. 10, 2012. At 4-1 in the SUNYAC, the Bears find themselves in a three-way tie for second place with Oswego and Brockport, a half game behind 4-0 Oneonta. Potsdam is back in action this Friday when the Bears head to Fredonia for a 7:30 p.m. contest. Potsdam then faces Buffalo State at 4 p.m. on Saturday.