By Brian Savard
BROCKPORT – The State University of New York at New Paltz men’s basketball team (6-12, 4-7 SUNYAC) allowed The College at Brockport (12-7, 7-5 SUNYAC) to close on a 38-18 run, as the Golden Eagles won, 93-70, in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Saturday afternoon at the Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium.
Brockport hopped out to a 15-1 lead, and a three-pointer by John Ivy gave the Golden Eagles a 22-8 edge with 11:19 to go in the half. Behind four points from senior forward Matt Devine, the Hawks went on a 6-0 run to trim the deficit to single digits, and after the two squads battled back and forth, New Paltz went on an 11-0 tear to draw within one. Senior Shereef Taylor made a layup to pull the score to 27-26 in favor of Brockport with 5:31 to go in the first stanza. Neither team was able to maintain momentum down the stretch, and the Golden Eagles entered the break with a 38-34 lead.
Brockport led by as many as 10 in the early goings of the second half, but Devine drew New Paltz within two (52-50) with a pair of made free throws at 13:21 of the second half. Devine once again made two free throws to pull the Hawks within three at 11:36 of the second half, but that would be the closest New Paltz would get.
Devine shot 14-of-16 from the line to lead the Hawks with 26 points. It marks the second time in as many games that the senior forward has scored at least 25 points. Devine also paced the team on the glass with eight boards. Taylor scored 15 points.
For Brockport, Ivy netted 32 points - a game-high total - while Jordan Major (23), Mike Gallagher (12) and Osusola Adeniran (10) all reached double figures as well.
The Hawks were hampered by 30.0 percent (18-of-60) shooting from the floor, including a 5-of-22 mark (22.7 percent) from distance. Brockport, meanwhile, was 47.8 percent (32-of-67) from the floor and 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from three. New Paltz held a 48-40 edge on the glass, but Brockport forced 18 turnovers.
New Paltz looks to stop its five-game skid on Friday, February 1st, as it takes on SUNY Potsdam at 8:00 p.m. at the Hawk Center.