Brockport Shades Potsdam For SUNY Lead
BROCKPORT, N.Y.-The College at Brockport Golden Eagles (14-3, 9-1 SUNYAC) prevailed over the SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (13-4, 8-2) 77-74 in a game that went down to the wire on Friday night. The teams came into the game tied for first place in the SUNYAC. The majority of the contest was close, as both teams traded leads for entirety of the second half. Jahidi Wallace led Brockport to the win with a game high 22 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./Nia Prep) led the Bears with 16 points and seven rebounds. Brockport started the game hot, scoring the first nine points. Wallace introduced the scoring with a reverse layup. Tyler Collins capped off the early 9-0 run with a 3-pointer from the right wing. The shot forced a timeout by the Bears. Coming out of the break, Potsdam compiled a run of its own, scoring eight unanswered. Brown's no look pass to Thomas in transition at the 15:09 mark got the Bears on the scoreboard. 3-pointers from senior captains Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) and Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) completed the burst. The Eagles took the largest lead of the game (10) with 3:14 left in the first half, after a pull-up jumper from Wallace. The Bears kept themselves within range after this, as their aggressiveness rewarded them with free throws. Delsol-Lowry closed the quarter with a reverse layup. The Eagles led 37-32 at halftime. After a couple of free throws from Brockport, Delsol-Lowry struck for the Bears in the second half with a three at 18:12. Potsdam got even with the Eagles after a steal and transition layup from Thomas. Coming out of a timeout, Brown's floater gave the Bears the lead at 45-43 with 14:35 to play. The teams traded leads for much of the second half. Tied 72-72 with 42 seconds left, Brown drew a foul and went to the line for free throws. He made both at the stripe to put Potsdam back in front. Brockport was also able to draw a foul on its next possession. Wallace hit one of his two free throws, getting the Eagles to within 74-73. On the inbound, the Bears tried to make a cross court pass, but Monte Stroman intercepted it. After the steal, Stroman scored on a give-and-go from Wallace, regaining the lead for the home team. With three seconds left, the Bears were forced to intentionally foul. Tyler Collins made both free throws for Brockport and the Bears called a timeout. With the score 77-74, the Bears drew up a play that got Brown open in the corner, but the shot fell short and the Golden Eagles held on for the win. Collins finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals for Brockport. Stroman and Ashley posted 11 each. For the Bears, Delsol-Lowry added 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. Thomas and freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) had 13 each. M-W graduate Aaron Armstrong continued his solid play for the Bears going 6-6 from the foul line in a nine-point effort which included eight rebounds and only one turnover in 34 plus minutes. Brockport shot 38-percent from the field, while the Bears shot 35-percent. The Bears are back in action tomorrow as they head to SUNY Geneseo for a matchup against the Knights at 4 p.m.