(Riverdale, N.Y.)- Junior guard Khalid Vaughn (New York, N.Y.) led three players in double figures with 20 points as the SUNY Canton men’s basketball team opened their season with a 100-75 loss to Mount Saint Vincent Friday night in the Dolphins Tip-Off Tournament in Riverdale, N.Y.
The Roos (0-1) were playing their first game under first-year head coach Jim Bechtel and they'll face Penn State -Lehigh Valley, who lost to Lehman College in the other first-round game, in the consolation game on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The opening 20 minutes of Friday night’s game was a back-and-forth contest that featured four ties and eight lead changes. The Roos pulled ahead by their largest margin of seven points on a Vaughn layup with 7:23 left, but the Dolphins countered with an 11-3 run to pull back ahead by one point, 35-34.
SUNY Canton trailed 45-44 heading into the locker room at halftime after shooting a blistering 56 percent from the floor in the opening half converting 18 of 32 shots from the field. Mount Saint Vincent shot almost as well finishing just over 47 percent (18-for-38).
Senior Ryan Lamica (Constable, N.Y.) buried one of his three triples in the game early in the second half that gave the visiting team a slight lead. The Dolphins quickly answered with a jumper on the other end to tie the game for the sixth time and then gradually pulled away with a sizeable run over a nine-minute stretch that would give them the victory.
Vaughn shot 7-for-15 from the floor and sank 6 of 7 free throw attempts and he also had three assists and three steals in 30 minutes. Lamica finished with 13 points on 3 of 4 shooting from the beyond the arc and he also had five rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes of action. Sophomore Xavier Fisher (Plymouth, Pa.) also had 13 points to go with four rebounds. Freshman Michael Pulci (Staten Island, N.Y.) contributed nine points and three steals and sophomore Tyler Ellison (New York, N.Y.) and junior Scott Dixon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each had six points.
Brandon Serrano led five Dolphins in double digits with 23 points and 11 rebounds.