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Golden Eagles get ready for the playoffs

by Andrew Hyman-Staff Writer
Tue, Feb 21st 2017 11:00 pm
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 "What's that? Ah — Playoffs? Don't talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game! Another game."

This legendary quote spoken by former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Mora is forever immortalized in sports lore.

Why bring it up? Well, it's playoffs time  again for the Golden Eagle men's basketball squad.

Although the context surrounding Mora's rant had more to do with the Colts' inability to win,  the words "win a game! Another game" speaks to the survive and advance nature of playoff basketball that makes it so action packed.

For the Golden Eagles, they enter the State University of New York Athletic Conference tournament as the number two seed behind SUNY Oswego Lakers.

This past weekend Brockport split its games with a tough 79-74 loss to SUNY Cortland and a solid 80-75 senior day victory over the aforementioned  Lakers to lock up the second seed and a first-round bye.

Now let's break down the Golden Eagles in terms of numbers as they team heads into postseason play.

Brockport's a dangerous team when it is playing at full potential. The team boasts perhaps the deepest roster in the conference as they have seven players who average 20 minutes a game and four players who average at least 10 minutes a game.  At such a crucial time of the year, depth is key to winning close games.

The Golden Eagles also have a SUNYAC top-five scoring offense (86.1 ppg in conference games) and feature three of the top 25 scorers in the conference (Hamed Shamseldin, Clifton Lyerly and Devonn Gavin).

While the offense can win them games, perhaps it's the team's defense that is most impressive.

As we've mentioned in past stories, Brockport's defense is in the top 10 nationally for total steals (sixth), turnover margin (fifth) and their efforts have also lead to being recognized in the top 50 nationally in scoring margin (45th) and total blocks (tied 26th).

For the Golden Eagles, this will be 10 seasons in a row the team has made the tournament under Head Coach Greg Dunne since he took the helm in 2007.

Last season's team won its quarterfinal matchup against Buffalo State College before falling to eventual SUNYAC champion Cortland in the semifinal.

This will be the Golden Eagles' first time getting a bye since the 2013-2014 season when it was the number one overall seed and rode that to a SUNYAC championship.  The only two players remaining from that 2013 team: Clyff Lyerly and Mitch Cote.

Brockport will play the winner of the SUNY Geneseo Knights and SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons matchup in the semifinal round on Friday, Feb. 24, at SUNY Oswego.  Brockport's combined record against these two teams is 3-1 as they swept Oneonta and split two blowout games against the Knights.


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