Potsdam Downs Plattsburgh For 10-2 In SUNYAC
PLATTSBURGH. -The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (15-4, 10-2 SUNYAC) finished its three-game road trip with an 89-82 win against the Plattsburgh State Cardinals (7-11, 4-7 SUNYAC) on Tuesday night. Sophomore forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./Queens H.S. of Teaching) led all scorers with 37 points (a career high) to go along with eight rebounds and four assists. Travis Cox led the Cardinals with 28 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Co-Captain Aaron Armstrong, a former Madrid-Waddington standout, continued to play with strength and efficiency scoring seven points on 3-4 shooting, grabbing five rebounds, passing out four assists and committing only one turnover in 33 minutes. The Cardinals opened up the scoring on the first possession, on a turnaround jump shot from Nick DeAngelis. Brown got the Bears on the scoreboard after driving from the left lane. Senior captain Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington) followed up his teammate with an offensive putback plus the foul, followed by a layup in transition. The teams traded baskets until the midpoint, when the visitors began to pull away. After being fouled on a 3-point attempt, sophomore guard Isaiah Joseph (Harlem, N.Y./Izquierdo Health & Science Charter) sank three free throws to give Potsdam a 10-point lead (31-21) with 7:11 left. This came in the midst of a 14-5 run by the Bears, concluded by Brown's transition layup assisted by senior captain Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching). Plattsburgh eventually found life, coming within back within single-digits after Axel Rodriguez's steal and dish to Travis Cox. The 9-0 run finished with a corner jumper by Matt Bernhard, followed by free throws from Adam Jaquish. With their lead down to 37-32 at 2:35, the Bears responded with a quick 7-0 run, sparked by Delsol-Lowry's reverse layup, then his half-court pass to Brown. After a jumper on the other end, Brown made a corner three after a drive-and-kick from junior guard Colby Simpson (Queens, N.Y./Queens H.S. of Teaching) to make it 44-34. For the Cardinals, Jaquish closed the half after setting a screen which allowed him to get open for a layup.
The Bears led 44-36 after 20 minutes of play. Brown's alley-oop dunk opened the second half of the game. He stayed hot early in the quarter, completing a three-point play by making a spin-move layup, plus the foul at 16:59. Erik Salo's layup off a bounce pass at 14:27 helped Plattsburgh get momentum. This basket helped the home team use a 14-4 run to come within just three (64-61) with 9:55 left. After a 3-pointer on the other end, a jumper by senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) and offensive putback by Brown helped the Bears stay in the driver's seat. After Potsdam momentarily went up by 11, Rodriguez and Cox kept Plattsburgh alive, and the visitors called a timeout. With 3:01 left, Cox's 3-point shot got them to within five, but Brown responded with his own on the next play.
Two shots inside by freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) and Thomas forced a Plattsburgh timeout with 1:04 remaining. Coming out of the timeout, Cox quickly scored inside on the drive, and came up with a steal and scored again inside for his 28th point. With 38 seconds left, down by six, the Cardinals were forced to foul, and the Bears knocked down five of six free throws sealing the 89-82 win. Baptiste finished with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, to go with two blocks. Thomas added 15 points, while freshman forward Ahamadou Sillah (Bronx, N.Y./Kipp NYC College Prep) had his career-high of 11 points. For the Cardinals, Rodriguez added 19 points to go along with six helpers. Jaquish finished with 10, while Matt Bernhard and Erik Salo had seven points each. Potsdam shot 45-percent while Plattsburgh shot 43-percent. The Bears also controlled the boards with a 45-34 advantage. Potsdam is back home Friday as they play Buffalo State at 7:30 p.m. on Bear Pride Night.