Red hot shooting lifts Red Dragons over Bears men's basketball on Senior Day, 83-70
POTSDAM, N.Y.—SUNY Cortland (16-6, 10-5 SUNYAC) shot 53 percent from the floor and 48 from behind the arc as the Red Dragons defeated the SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (12-11, 8-8) 83-70 on Senior Day. Junior guard Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens H.S. of Teaching) paced the Bears with 18 points. Junior guard Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) scored 16 and senior forward Serigne Kane (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Prep) finished with a double-double on 12 points and 10 boards.
A 15-4 run opened up a 20-9 advantage for Cortland at the 11:29 mark of the first half and Potsdam was left to play catch up. A 7-3 stretch, capped by a 3-pointer from Dante Viskovich (Massena, N.Y./Massena) got the Bears within 23-16 at 9:59. However, a 10-0 burst from the Red Dragons opened up a 33-16 lead over the next three minutes. A 3-pointer from Delsol-Lowry capped a 14-7 run from Potsdam and got the Bears within 37-30 at 4:14. Cortland outscored Potsdam 10-6 over the rest of the half and led 47-36 at the break. The Red Dragons shot 63-percent in the opening 20 minutes including 6-for-10 shooting from senior guard Nicky Bonura (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane), who drained three threes.Bonura and senior guard Justin Cooper (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain) continued to hit shots to open the second half and spark a 16-4 stretch that put the game out of reach at 63-41 with 15:24 to play. A Cooper layup at 8:56 made it a 75-48 Cortland lead. The Bears controlled the play the rest of the contest, finishing on a 20-8 run, but simply ran out of time. Thomas scored half of the points in Potsdam's final flourish.
Viskovich finished with nine points on 3-of-4 four shooting from beyond the arc. Senior guards Dante Langley (Schuylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville) and Nosa Onabor (Brookly, N.Y./Northside Charter) scored eight and seven points, respectively to round out the leaders.
Bonura had a game-high 27 points, while Cooper added 26 and senior center Zach Lydon (Elizaville, N.Y./Stissing Mountain) recorded a double-double with 10 and 10.
The Bears currently sit in sixth place, a half game out of fifth place and one and half out of fourth. The top six teams make the playoffs with the top two receiving a first round bye and the third and fourth seeds hosting a first round playoff game.
Prior to the game, seniors Andrew Hoag (Hoosick Falls, N.Y./Hoosick Falls), Tanner Stone (Schroon Lake, N.Y./Schroon Lake), Onabor, Langley and Kane were honored by the Bears for their careers on Senior Day.
With four playoff spots up for grab, Potsdam closes out its playoff push next weekend as the Bears travel to New Paltz on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Oneonta on Saturday at 4 p.m. Potsdam defeated Oneonta 98-86 on Nov. 30 and New Paltz 73-71 on Dec. 1.