POTSDAM, N.Y.—The College at Brockport (7-1, 1-0 SUNYAC) buildta large early lead en route to a 75-57 win over the SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (2-8, 0-3) on Friday night. Junior forward Rishawd Hendricks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Mount Zion Christian Academy) led the Bears with 13 points and senior guard John Ivy (Rochester, N.Y./East) had a game-high 26 points for the Golden Eagles.
Brockport jumped out to a 16-1 lead over the first seven minutes of the contest and Potsdam struggled with their opponent's physical play. Senior guard Brandon Caruthers (Rochester, N.Y./East) hit a layup with 1:04 left to give the Eagles a commanding 21-point lead. Hendricks closed the period with a three-pointer, but the Bears trailed 43-25 at the break.
Potsdam battled the Eagles evenly in the second half, but had a difficult time picking up ground. A free throw from senior center Patrick Coyle (North Chili, N.Y./Bishop Kearney) at 15:26 gave Brockport its largest lead of the night at 55-31. Senior captain Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y./Peru) answered with a jumper nine seconds later and sparked a 19-6 Bears' run. Hendricks buried a three-pointer seven minutes later to cut the gap to 61-50. Three quick Brockport layups ended the threat, as Potsdam was unable to get any closer. The Eagles built their lead back to 18 as they finished out the victory.
Bears head coach Sherry Dobbs, Jr. admitted a slow start cost his team.
"They jumped out on us and we didn't handle their physical play very well in the first half," Dobbs said. "I thought in the second half, we did a better job with that, but in this league you have to be physical and tough for two halves. You make a mistake against a good team like that and they're going to make you pay. "
Duquette finished with 12 points and junior Zac Adams contributed 12 points and seven rebounds for Potsdam. Freshman forward Josh Blagrove (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) had a game-high nine rebounds.
Freshman guard Clifton Lyerly (Inwood, N.Y./Lawrence) had 13 points for Brockport and Caruthers added another 10.
The Golden Eagles shot 44.3 percent from the floor to the Bears' 33, but the rebounding was even at 42 all.
Potsdam looks to bounce back tomorrow when the Bears host Geneseo at 4 p.m.