Roos men's basketball drop close contest at Morrisville
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 11:27 pm

(Morrisville, N.Y.)- The SUNY Canton men’s basketball team dropped a close 91-83 decision to Morrisville State College Tuesday night in Morrisville.

The Roos dropped to 4-2 overall while the Mustangs improved to 2-3.

Both teams came out cold as the game remained scoreless for the first two minutes of play. Morrisville opened up a 10-4 advantage before the Roos came back to cut the lead in half following a Ryan Lamica (Constable, N.Y.) layup with 13:44 left in the opening frame. The Mustangs went back ahead by eight points, 22-14, before the Roos reeled off a 9-1 run and tied the game on a inside layup by Woody Jules (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Jules converted another layup after the Mustangs misfired on a 3-pointer giving the visiting team their first lead of the night at 25-23. The Roos eventually took a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs regained the lead early in the second half and the game would swing back and forth from there as both teams shot extremely well over the final 20 minutes. The Roos shot 53 percent from the floor in the second half and 49 percent for the game while Morrisville shot 64 percent in the second half and 45 percent for the game. The difference in the contest was at the free throw line where the Mustangs converted 23 of 27 attempts after halftime including 8 of 11 over the final 1:49 regulation after the Roos had trimmed a 14 point lead down to eight.

Irving Cato (New York, N.Y.) posted his third double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds leading four SUNY Canton players in double figures. Scott Dixon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) canned four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Jules ended the night with 11 points. Lamica scored 10 points, dished out nine assists and made seven steals and Benioko Harris (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) also reached double digits with 10 points.

The Mustangs were led by Brandon Hanks who sank 13 of 15 free throw attempts to finish with 26 points. Andrew Lucio knocked down six 3-pointers and had 20 points and nine boards.

The Roos are next in action this Friday, Dec. 2 when they host Alfred University at 6 p.m.