D1 Danes Hand Bears First Loss
ALBANY, N.Y.-The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (3-1) renewed an old rivalry with the University at Albany (2-2) and fell to the now Division I Great Danes 78-52 on Tuesday night. The stature of his opponent didn't faze reigning SUNYAC Player of the Week Brandon Segar Jr., who just missed his third straight double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Bears. Senior captain Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) finished with nine points, six rebounds and three steals.
The Bears sparred resolutely with Albany over the first nine and a half minutes, answering basket-for-basket and claiming the lead three times. Trailing 9-6 at the 16:52 mark, Potsdam rattled off seven points in-a-row on a jumper from Segar, a layup from freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, Eagle Academy II) and another jumper and free throw from Segar. Potsdam led 13-9 at 12:55. After 3-pointer from Antonio Rizzuto reclaimed a 14-13 advantage for the Great Danes, Segar hit another free throw and senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) added a layup at 11:00 to give the Bears their final lead at 16-14. Potsdam stayed in striking distance the rest of the half and Baptiste and Delsol-Lowry scored four straight to get the Bears even one final time at 26-26 with 2:06 left in the half. Albany answered with an 8-0 run and took a 34-26 lead into the break.
Segar scored on a layup six seconds into the second half, but Albany slowly pulled away after the bucket. The Bears made a final push down 66-40 with 6:05 remaining. Junior forward Dante Viskovich (Massena, N.Y./Massena) sank a three to start a 10-2 run. Sophomore guard Isaiah Joseph (Harlem, N.Y./Isquierdo Health and Science Charter) had five points during the stretch and capped the run with a 3-pointer. Junior center Kristoff Saunders (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) also scored during the 2:26 span and the Bears trailed 68-50. Albany answered with a 10-2 run of its own to close out the contest at 78-52.
While the Bears were outrebounded 49-39, they finished with a 13-10 advantage on the offensive glass.
Next, Potsdam heads across town to face Clarkson University in one week to battle the Golden Knights at 7 p.m.
Cardinals Outlast Saints on the Road
PLATTSBURGH - Brandon Arnold and Luke Hicks netted 17 points and Chris Jeffrey recorded his first career double-double, but the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team fell to Plattsburgh State 89-84 in non-conference play on Tuesday evening in Plattsburgh, New York. Hicks recorded six rebounds, while Arnold shot 3-for-7 from the arc. First-years Trent Adamson and Andrew Geschickter each finished with 14 points. Geschickter shot 5-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-8 from 3-point range, Adamson added nine rebounds, and Jeffrey recorded 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. The Saints took off to an early lead, edging the Cardinals 11-3 on a layup from Adamson. The Cardinals tied the game at 17 and both teams battled through five more ties, before the Scarlet and Brown took a five-point lead with 4:44 to play in the first half. The Saints managed a slight edge, leading 41-40 at halftime. The Cardinals pushed back and extended their lead to double figures with just under 15 minutes to play in the second half. The Saints made strides on a 10-1 run to bring the game back within one with 25 seconds to play, but the Cardinals shot 4-for-4 from the line to seal the win. "We made some strides tonight," said head coach Chris Downs. "But we need to address our turnover issue and we need to make our free throws. You can't win on the road against another college team when you shoot 3-for-12 from the line and turn the ball over 20 times." The Cardinals finished with five double-figure scorers, with Cameron Ness finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Nick DeAngelis went 4-for-9 from the arc and led Plattsburgh State with 20 points, while Travis Cox, Axel Rodriguez and Erik Salo each recorded three steals. St. Lawrence shot 50.7 percent from the floor, but only 25 percent from the line, while the Cardinals managed 42.7 percent from the floor and 61.9 percent from the line. The Cardinals improved to 2-1, while St. Lawrence fell to 0-2. The Saints will play neighboring SUNY Canton on Tuesday, November 26, before heading home on Thanksgiving break.
ROOS ROLL AT PAUL SMITH'S
PAUL SMITH's - The SUNY Canton men’s basketball team saw four players score in double figures as they earned an 88-74 win at Paul Smith’s College in non-league action on Tuesday evening.
Result: SUNY Canton 88, Paul Smith’s 74Location: Saunders Gymnasium – Paul Smith’s, NYRecords: SUNY Canton (3-2) | Paul Smith’s (3-5)
Andrew Fitch led the Roos with 14 points, while Juztin Chambers-Phillips (10), Danny Santana (10) and Joey Werner (10) all scored in double figures.With the win the Roos jump above .500 for the first time this season as Canton has won two straight contests.
Note: Full statistics will be posted when they become available.
The Roos return to action on Thursday when they host Middlebury College, who is ranked No. 13 nationally in the latest D3hoops.com poll.