Buffalo State edges Bears, 83-76
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Buffalo State (6-6, 2-4 SUNYAC) withstood a series of late charges from the SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (6-6, 2-4) to hang on for an 83-76 victory on Saturday afternoon. Junior forward Nosa Onabor (Brooklyn, N.Y./Northside Charter) led the Bears with 20 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) recorded his fourth career double-double with 15 points, 10 boards and game-high seven assists. Juniors Dante Langley (Schuylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville) and Serigne Kane (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Prep) contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively. Kane also grabbed nine rebounds.
The Bengals built a 6-2 lead over the first three minutes of the contest, but two threes from Onabor forged an 8-8 tie at 16:42. The Bears and Buffalo State traded baskets and leads over the next 10 minutes. Another three from Onabor made cut the Bengals lead to 26-25 at 6:17, but Buffalo State answered with a 13-4 run to open up a 39-29 advantage. Fortunately, the Bears finished with a flourish on a three from Delsol-Lowry, a dunk from Kane and a fastbreak layup from Delsol-Lowry off a steal. Potsdam was down just 39-36 at the break.A 6-0 burst to open the second half reestablished a 10-point, 46-36 advantage for the Bengals. It was their largest lead of the final period as they couldn't shake the Bears. A 19-9 run, capped by a fastbreak layup from Langley tied the game at 55-55 with 11:38 to go. The Bengals were able to stay just ahead of Potsdam for the next five minutes, but sophomore guard Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) made a layup to tie the game at 65-65 at the 6:59 mark. Despite getting even, the Bears couldn't capture the lead. Buffalo State outscored Potsdam 18-11 the rest of the way to close out the 83-76 win.
Thomas finished with nine points, three assists and four boards. Sophomore guard Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington) had seven points and four assists.
Malik Turner paced the Bengals with 23 points and six assists. Sheldon Adams scored 19 points and Mike Henry posted 18 points and 14 boards. Bryan Harrell totaled 11 points and four rebounds.
The Bears return home for a 7 p.m. showdown with North Country rival SUNY Canton on Tuesday night.