Bears cruise to win against Fredonia, 88-52
POTSDAM, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (4-2, 1-1 SUNYAC) defeated SUNY Fredonia (1-6, 0-2 SUNYAC) 88-52 Saturday afternoon for its first SUNYAC victory of the season. Junior guard Dante Langley (Schuylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville) led the Bears with a season-high 24 points, along with seven rebounds. Junior guard Nosa Onabor (Brooklyn, N.Y./Northside Charter) contributed 19 points, going 5-for-9 beyond the arc.
The Blue Devils kept it close with the Bears for the first seven minutes as the stayed within 15-13. Onabor put up eight points during the stretch. At 10:41 with a 23-18 lead, sophomore center Kristoff Saunders (Queens, N.Y./Queens H.S. of Teaching) made a contested layup to begin a 12-2 run. During the stretch Saunders scored three more points, Langley added three, and freshman guard Errol James (Queens, N.Y./John Adams) had four. Potsdam ended the final 4:29 of the first half with a 15-0 stretch. Sophomore guard Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) joined Langley and Onabor as the only scorers during the run. The Bears entered halftime with a 51-26 lead.For the first nine minutes of the second half, Fredonia outscored Potsdam 15-9. The Blue Devils had four different scorers with senior guard Dante' Williams (Buffalo, N.Y./Hutch Tech) leading with six points. Fredonia could only bring the deficit down to 19 before Potsdam finished the game outscoring Fredonia 28-11. Junior guard Andrew Hoag (Hoosick Falls, N.Y./Hoosick Falls) led with seven points and freshman guard Colby Simpson (Queens, N.Y./Queens H.S. of Teaching) contributed with a four-point play. Potsdam ended with an 88-52 victory.
The Bears shot 50-percent from the field and 42-percent from 3-point range. Potsdam also outrebounded Fredonia 42-33.
Junior guard Isaiah Ice (Bronx, N.Y./Iona Prep) led the Blue Devils with nine points, four assists and three steals. Williams and senior forward Ian Helps (Bronx, N.Y./Greater New York Academy) each contributed eight points for Fredonia.
The 36-point win was the largest margin of victory over a SUNYAC opponent since a 37-point, 92-55 home win over SUNY Oneonta on Jan. 24, 1992.
Potsdam returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 5, as the Bears travel to St. Lawrence University for an 8 p.m. tipoff.