Thomas completes dramatic comeback for Bears over Cortland, 65-64
POTSDAM, N.Y.- A last second layup from sophomore guard Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) lifted the SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (10-11, 5-9 SUNYAC) to a 65-64 victory over SUNY Cortland (15-5, 10-3 SUNYAC). Junior guard Dante Langley (Schuylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville) led the Bears with a game-high 17 points, while sophomore guard Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens H.S. of Teaching) finished with an eight points and a team-high eight rebounds. Senior captain James Morales (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane) finished with 15 points and seven assists for the Red Dragons.
A 3-pointer from Delsol-Lowry and a layup from Thomas got Potsdam out to an early lead. Cortland answered the quick start from the Bears with a 12-6 run that was ignited with a layup from Zach Lydon (Elizaville, N.Y./Stissing Mountain). The run was capped with a made shot from behind the arc from junior captain Justin Cooper (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain), which gave the Red Dragons their first lead of the contest at the 12:28 minute mark. The teams exchanged baskets over the next six minutes of play before a layup from freshman guard Jake DiSanto (Rochester, N.Y./Victor) followed by another five points gave Cortland an eight point cushion with 4:38 remaining. The teams went back-and-forth to close out the half with the Red Dragons holding on to a 36-29 lead.The Bears' offense started the second with a 13-5 run that was capped by a three-point play from Langley to take the 42-41 lead with 15:35 to go. Langley tied the game once more with a three just over two minutes later before Cortland's offense answered with an 18-7 run to get out to their largest lead of the contest with 6:32 remaining. Junior forward Serigne Kane (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Prep) started the turnaround for the Bears with a dunk to fire up the team. Langley followed with back-to-back 3-pointers and another three from sophomore guard Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington) gave Potsdam a one-point lead. Lydon finished a dunk for the Red Dragons, to take back the lead with 2:22 on the clock. A turnover from the Bears with 44 seconds to go, allowed Cortland to run a good chunk of time off the clock in hopes to not give Potsdam another offensive chance. At the 17 second mark, Morales shot a three that missed the mark and Langley grabbed the rebound followed by a Potsdam timeout to draw up the play. The Bears inbounded the ball and Thomas went hard to the basket and hit the layup to take a one-point lead with four seconds to go. The Red Dragons had one more shot from half court, but it bounced off the rim for a Potsdam 65-64 victory.
Thomas and Kane each finished with 12 points, while Thomas added six boards and six assists.
Senior forward Carrel Joseph (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) recorded 13 points, while Cooper fell short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds for a game-high and added three steals.
The Bears shot 48 percent from the floor, while the Red Dragons shot 42 percent. Potsdam held the 35-31 advantage in rebounds.
This victory marks the first win over Cortland since a 62-60 overtime victory in Welsh Gymnasium on Feb. 11, 2011.
Potsdam is back in action tomorrow with Oswego State at 3 p.m.