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Men's basketball snap two game skid with crucial win

by Andrew Hyman-Staff Writer
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 11:00 pm
Courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr
Courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr

 With the State University of New York Athletic Conference playoffs looming, every win counts.

For the Brockport Golden Eagles men's basketball team, that means facing off against some tough company.

Brockport currently sits in the number two spot in the SUNYAC standings, trailing only conference foe Oswego. Brockport once held the top spot before the team dropped its past two games to the aforementioned Lakers and to defending SUNYAC Champion SUNY Cortland.

The Golden Eagles  needed a win to stay in the hunt as they took on the Geneseo Knights Friday night.

The first half was a barn burner as both traded buckets and fouls ... 17 to be exact. All to make it a crazy first half that included a whopping ten lead changes. But nonetheless, Brockport finished strong and went into the half leading by seven.

Head Coach Greg Dunne's squad clearly ate its wheaties at halftime as they exploded on offense in the second half.

The Golden Eagles got things going as they opened up with an 11 - 4 run for their first double-digit lead of the game.

It wasn't all sunshine and three-pointers as the Knights cut the lead to just two, but Brockport was able to put a stop to the run and come back to true form.

The game ended with another 11 - 4 run and helped the Golden Eagles stay in the heat of the race for first place as they earned redemption in their 98 - 79 victory over the Knights.

"We needed this one," Dunne said. "Huge to get the win at home and split with Geneseo."

The Golden Eagles explosive offense did the job right with steady contributions all around as from five players scored in double figures.

Junior Hamed Shamseldin (25 points, six rebounds, seven assists) and senior Devonn Gavin (20 points, six rebounds and six assists) lead the way for the Golden Eagle offensive attack.

"We just knew we had to lock up,"  Shamseldin said. "We had other games where we came out and had no energy. We tried to come out and with energy and play defense, move the ball ... we just blew the lead up."

For  Geneseo , they received a whopping 52 points from Justin Ringen and top-10 scorer in the country, John Decker but Brockport's offense was just too much to keep up with. Since beating Brockport, Geneseo now falls to 3-6 in their last nine games. Geneseo left Brockport with a overall record of 12-9 and SUNYAC record of 7-7 on the decline.

The Golden Eagles start a two-game road trip next week at SUNY Oneonta and New Paltz before they return home for their final two games of the regular season for redemption rematch against Cortland and Oswego. Brockport remains with an overall record of 16-5 and a SUNYAC record of 11-3 on the rise.

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