Bears Note Milestone, 7-1 SUNYAC Record
POTSDAM. - Led by sophomore forward Isaiah Brown's (Westside Queens, N.Y./Queens H.S. of Teaching) 24 points and 10 rebounds, the SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (12-3, 7-1 SUNYAC) defeated the Oswego State Lakers (11-4) 77-67 in a game where they never trailed to remain perfect in the new year. Senior captain Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) also had a big game with 19 points, connecting on four 3-pointers, all in the second half. He recorded his 1,000th career point during the contest. The Bears came out swinging, getting a basket plus the foul in transition from senior captain Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington) on their first possession. Armstrong scored six points in the game on 2-3 shooting and went 2-2 at the foul line.
Freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) kept the momentum going with an offensive putback at 18:55 and Potsdam led 5-0. After trailing by 10 after a layup from Brown midway through the half, the Lakers responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from senior guard Brandan Gartland (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) to close within 23-19 at 9:45. The Bears had an answer as they proceeded to go on a 9-2 run, ignited by another three-point play from Armstrong. After the teams traded baskets, senior forward Joe Sullivan (Utica, N.Y./Notre Dame) closed the quarter for the Lakers with a putback. The Bears went back to the locker room with a 37-29 lead over the visitors. Delsol-Lowry began his second half outburst with his first three of the night to open the half. Sullivan quickly responded with a successful three-point play. At the 17:02 mark, Delsol-Lowry hit another shot behind the arc to put the Bears up 12, at 47-35. Back-to-back 3-pointers from sophomore guard Bo Sireika (Buffalo, N.Y./ST. Francis) kept Oswego in striking distance momentarily, before Delsol-Lowry hit two more threes. The second resulted in a four-point play at 14:20 to give the Bears a 56-45 lead. It ignited a 14-0 run to give Potsdam its biggest lead of the contest at 66-45 with 11:43 left. The Bears kept Oswego at arm's length for the remainder of the contest with their free-throw shooting and inside presence, sealing the 77-67 win. The Bears outrebounded the Lakers 46-39 and came away with 10 steals. Senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) scored 16 points with four thefts. Baptiste chipped in with eight points and nine boards. Gartland led the Lakers with 13 points and four rebounds, Sullivan added 12 points and five boards. At 7-1, the Bears remain tied for first place in the SUNYAC with Oneonta. Potsdam hosts the Cortland Red Dragons tomorrow at 4 p.m.