Bears Climb To 6-1 In SUNYAC Basketball
BUFFALO, N.Y.-The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (11-3, 6-1 SUNYAC) seized control early and rolled to a 99-75 victory at Buffalo State (3-7, 1-5) on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./NIA Prep) posted his second double-double in as many games with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) scored 20 points and totaled six assists and six boards. Senior captain Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) had 16 points and freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) earned his eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The contest started slow offensively, with the teams combining for just five points over the first 2:40, but the Bears took off soon after. Senior captain Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington) scored with a layup to make it 5-2 Potsdam at 17:03 and begin a 21-6 run. Armstrong scored four points on 2-2 shooting with three assists continuing his high efficiency play for the Bears.
Delsol-Lowry scored eight points and hit two threes during the run and Brown had five, including a three-point play that gave the Bears a 24-8 lead. Sophomore guard Isaiah Joseph (Harlem, N.Y./Izquierdo Health and Science Charter) doused a Bengals' 8-0 run with a three at 10:30 to reestablish a double digit lead at 27-16. Joseph's long range bomb started a 17-6 run and extended Potsdam's advantage to 41-25. Two Brown free throws with eight seconds left in the half gave the Bears a 54-31 lead heading into the break. Brown and Delsol-Lowry each had 13 points in the first half and Thomas scored 11. Buffalo State never got within 18 points in the second half as Potsdam continued cruise. Brown scored on a layup at 16:58 to give the Bears their biggest lead of the game at 59-33. The Bengals spent the rest of the contest trailing between 26 and 18 points. Brown scored 12 in the second half. Sheldon Adams led Buffalo State with 24 points and eight rebounds. Kay Grant scored 12 and grabbed eight boards. Aaron Davis contributed nine points and seven assists. Potsdam shot 49.3-percent from the floor and held Buffalo State to just 34.1-percent. The Bengals outrebounded the Bears 53-50. The win was Potsdam's first at Buffalo State in 13 years. At 6-1 in the SUNYAC, the Bears sit atop the league in a tie with Brockport. Oswego State and Oneonta are right behind at 5-1. The Bears host the Lakers in a crucial game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and take on SUNY Cortland the following afternoon at 4 p.m.