Brockport outlasts Buff State in physical game

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The College at Brockport men’s basketball team fended off a feisty Buffalo State unit to earn their sixth win in seven games. The continued success places head coach Greg Dunne in sole possession of first place in the all-time wins list with 181, passing Curtis Gaylord.

The victory brings the Golden Eagles season record to 10-3 and 5-1 in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play. With the loss, the Bengals drop to 6-7 on the year and 2-5 in SUNYAC competition.

The first half was a battle of free throws as both teams combined for 33 personal fouls and 44 free-throw attempts. The Green and Gold fell behind 16-8 at the 14:58 mark, but after a timely timeout by Dunne, the team scored eight straight points thanks to two made free throws by Hamed Shamseldin and made layups by Justin SummersDwayne Daniel, and Tyler Collins to tie the game up at 16. The Bengals traded leads with Brockport for the next couple of minutes before a basket by junior forward Michael O’Hara brought the score to 25-24. The lead did not waiver the rest of the evening, as Brockport held a 47-37 lead heading into the break.

O’Hara led the team with ten points in the first half and grabbed five rebounds. Josh Nelson shot three-for-three from behind the arc and knocked in nine points.

Heading into the second half the Green and Gold erupted for a 16-2 run to grab a game 24-point lead at the 13:51 mark. Summers helped start the run by scoring ten of the first 12 points of the half thanks to three made baskets and four made free throws.

Summers led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds as fellow big-man O’Hara knocked in 15 points and snagged seven boards of his own. Jon Carnegie contributed ten points while helping on the boards be grabbing seven balls.

The Golden Eagles are back in action on Friday Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. when they host SUNY Fredonia for a SUNYAC Conference matchup.

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