Bears On The Bumble After Falling In SUNYAC Finals
BROCKPORT, N.Y. –The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (20-7) fell to the College at Brockport Golden Eagles (24-3) in the SUNYAC Championship game. Junior forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./Nia Prep) led the Bears with 20 points and six rebounds. Freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. The Golden Eagles got out to a hot 11-2 start, with Jahidi Wallace striking first with a left corner three. For the Bears, Baptiste started strong, scoring nine points in the first 10 minutes of action. Baptiste's basket inside brought Potsdam within four points at the 10:25 mark. The Golden Eagles then used a 14-6 spurt to go up by 12. Wallace's reverse layup finished the run. Offensive rebounding and 3-point shooting from the Golden Eagles kept the Bears from cutting into the deficit, as Brockport went on another run.
Monte Stroman began a 12-4 stretch with a 3-pointer and Devante Hagins closed the half with an offensive put back at the buzzer. The home team took a 20-point lead (54-34) into the locker room. Brown launched the second half with a floater in transition. Hagins replied on the next play with another offensive put back. The Bears' offense began to pick up, but the Golden Eagles kept their foot on the pedal. Brockport's aggressiveness inside allowed them to frequently get to the free-throw line, building their lead. A fast break layup by junior forward Tyree Grimsley (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) ignited a 24-10 run by the Golden Eagles. The spurt gave Brockport their largest lead of the contest with just over a minute left, as they took the 102-75 lead. Tyler Collins led Brockport to victory with 23 points and four assists. Hagins finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Wallace added 14 points and five boards, while Danny Ashley added 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Justin Summers and Stroman finished with 10 points each. Senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) had 14 points and dished out three assists for the Bears. Madrid-Waddington graduate aaron Armstreong tallied two points with three assists and two blocks. Potsdam shot 41.8 percent from the field, while Brockport shot 41.9 percent from the floor and shot 9-of-17 from deep. The Bears Class of 2020, senior center Kristoff Saunders (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching), captains Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) and Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington) and Thomas, were 3-22 as freshman. They were 44-34 over their last three seasons, including the first 20-win campaign and SUNYAC Championship appearance since 2005. The Bears will now await their NCAA Tournament fate. The tournament field will be announced on NCAA.com at 12:30 p.m. Monday. Potsdam is currently on D3Hoops.com's "Bubble-In" list.