(Canton, N.Y.)- Five players scored in double figures as the SUNY Canton men’s basketball team beat Paul Smith’s College 83-68 Saturday afternoon at Roos House.
The Roos inched one game closer to .500 as they improved to 2-3 overall beating the Bobcats for the fifth time in the last seven meetings. Paul Smith’s dropped to 2-7 overall.
Junior Khalid Vaughn (New York, N.Y.) dropped in a game-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals to guide the Roos balanced offensive attack. Sophomore Xzavier Fisher (Plymouth, Pa.) notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Michael Pulci (Staten Island, N.Y.) also scored 14 points canning a pair of 3-pointers off the bench. Senior Ryan Lamica (Constable, N.Y.) had a terrific all-around game with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals and sophomore Tyler Ellison (New York, N.Y.) added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Both teams traded baskets during the first four minutes of the opening half when Lamica nailed one of his three 3-pointers that started an 18-6 run that stretched a one-point lead at 12-11 to 30-17 with 4:18 remaining. The Roos eventually took a 33-21 lead into the locker room shooting 41 percent from the field over the first 20 minutes.
The Bobcats scored seven straight points to start the second half trimming the Roos lead to five points. Ellison then sank one of two free throws and Vaughn scored on two straight layups that pushed the lead back into double figures where it stayed for the remainder of the game. Ellison drained two free throws with 2:32 on the clock that gave the home team their largest lead of the night at 77-59.
For the game, the Roos shot 42 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bobcats 44-36 including a 16-5 advantage on the offensive glass.
Shiva Senthil led Paul Smith’s with 16 points and three assists and Adam Klock added 13 points and eight rebounds.
SUNY Canton will play their third straight home game on Sunday facing St. Lawrence University at 2 p.m. in Roos House.