NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (7-12, 3-9 SUNYAC) fell to SUNY New Paltz (7-12, 5-7 SUNYAC), 83-65 late Friday evening. Junior forward Brandon Williams led the Bears with 16 points and six rebounds.
New Paltz set the pace early as the Hawks claimed an 8-2 advantage within the first five minutes of the contest. Senior guard Josh Lambert would pause the New Paltz momentum at the 14:45 mark. However, the Hawks would continue to soar as back-to-back threes sparked a 12-4 spurt with 11:36 remaining. The Bears would answer behind senior guard Curtis Pierce and Williams. A layup by Williams at the 9:58 mark would ignite a 14-0 Potsdam run. The spurt would put the Bears within one point of the lead with 6:33 left in the half. Senior forward Matt Devine stopped the bleeding for the Hawks 29 seconds later. Junior forward Colin Peterson followed with a big three point shot to notch the game at 25 a piece. New Paltz responded to the Potsdam push with a 12-4 burst in the remaining minutes to claim a 37-29 lead at the break.
The Hawks used their momentum from the first half to open the final stanza. New Paltz would hit three consecutive three pointers to extend their lead to 49-36 with 16:10 remaining. The Bears could not recover as the Hawks mounted a 9-0 offensive at the 13:55 mark to extend the lead to 20 points. A good jumper by senior guard Shalik Jenkins with 6:48 remaining gave New Paltz a 23-point advantage. The Hawks would pace the Bears in the final minutes of the contest to earn the 83-65 victory.
Potsdam shot 39% from the floor and only 15% from beyond the arc. New Paltz edged the Bears in rebounds, 41 to 34. Pierce finished with 14 points and Lambert totaled 11.
Devine led the Hawks with 15 points. Senior guard Shereef Taylor tallied 13 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Keegan Donovan notched 12 points. Junior forward Taylor Sowah and freshman forward Kevin Roach each added 11 points, respectively.
The Bears return to action tomorrow as they travel to Oneonta State. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.