BUFFALO, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (7-11, 3-8 SUNYAC) fell to Buffalo State (11-6, 6-5 SUNYAC), 83-57 late Saturday afternoon. Senior forward Curtis Pierce led the Bears with 15 points and seven rebounds. The Brooklyn native now sits in the eighth spot on the Potsdam all-time scoring list.
Potsdam charged out of the gate to open the first half. The Bears claimed the early 7-2 advantage off of a three pointer by junior forward Colin Peterson at the 15:34 mark. Buffalo State responded with two quick baskets in a span of one minute to notch the game a seven all. The Bengals continued to roll as an 8-0 run was capped off by a three from senior guard Jake Simmons with 13:52 remaining. Shortly after, senior forward Curtis Pierce was able to stop the Bears drought with a free throw. Buffalo State's offense started to catch fire as back-to-back three pointers from Simmons increased the deficit to 11 points at the 6:01 mark. Potsdam clawed at the lead but the Bengals had an answer for each shot. A late bucket from sophomore guard Roderick Epps (Uniondale, NY / Uniondale) with eight ticks on the clock gave Buffalo State the 37-28 lead at the break.
Buffalo State continued where they left off in the first half. The Bengals went on a 15-6 run just five minutes into the final stanza to increase the deficit to 18 points. Potsdam could not recover as Simmons converted on a pair of free throws to give Buffalo State its largest lead of the night at the 8:01 mark. The Bengals were able to cruise through the final minutes of the game to claim an 83-57 victory over the Bears.
Potsdam struggled from the floor, shooting 31% and 35% from beyond the arc. Buffalo State connected on 52% of their shots. The Bengals held the advantage in rebounds with 51 to the Bears' 31. Senior guard Mark Lake, Jr. added nine points, respectively.
Simmons led the Bengals with 30 points. Epps totaled 16 points and senior center Seth Runge notched 12 points and nine boards.
The Bears are back in action on Feb. 1 when they travel to SUNY New Paltz for an 8 p.m. tipoff.