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January 29th, 2014

Turnovers Hurt Men’s Basketball in Loss to Brockport

NEW PALTZ – Fifteen second-half turnovers proved to be the difference in the game for the SUNY New Paltz men’s basketball team in a loss to Brockport at the Hawk Center on Saturday, as the Golden Eagles erased a 43-36 halftime deficit en route to winning, 78-69, in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game.

 Brockport had a stretch in the second half where its suffocating full-court press got the best of the Hawks, and the Golden Eagles went on a 15-0 spurt to claim a 55-50 advantage. During that span, New Paltz committed seven turnovers that turned into nine Brockport points. In the second half alone, the Golden Eagles scored 21 points off turnovers.

  Brockport hopped out to an 11-4 lead, and after a 30-second timeout by New Paltz, the Hawks constructed an 8-0 surge on the strength of five points from guard Zach Cone-Douglas and three points from guard Nick Taldi. After the two teams traded baskets, New Paltz went on a 7-0 run, and a Taldi three-pointer gave the Hawks a 38-32 edge.

The Golden Eagles scored three points before halftime, and the two squads entered the locker room with the score at 43-36 in favor of New Paltz.

The Hawks built their lead back up to 10 when Taldi knocked down a pair of free throws, but Brockport stormed ahead with its 15-0 spurt. After forward Kevin Roach broke it up with a layup, Brockport received a basket by freshman guard/forward Clifton Lyerly and a trey from Ivy to go up by 10.

 New Paltz went down fighting, whittling the deficit down to four twice, the second of which came on a made jumper by Cone-Douglas. Brockport was sent to the line repeatedly down the stretch, and iced the game thanks to 8-of-10 shooting from the charity stripe.

 Brockport fared well from the floor and the Golden Eagles forced the Hawks into 23 turnovers. New Paltz, which was a strong 7-of-14 from long range in the contest, finished with a 39-33 edge in boards.

New Paltz was led by Sowah’s 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Cone-Douglas and Donovan joined him in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Cone-Douglas scored his total, which was a career-high, in 19 minutes coming off the bench. Senior guard Andrew Joseph kept the attack moving with five assists, and he added eight points.

 For Brockport, Ivy was the difference, as he went 10-of-18 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line to finish with a game-high 27 points. Senior Brandon Caruthers netted 13 points, while Lyerly provided 11 points in 19 minutes of reserve duty. Senior Patrick Coyle caused issues for the Hawks in the frontcourt, as he tallied eight rebounds and seven blocks.

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