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Basketball struggles with possession; hands game to Baruch

by Breanna Rosen - Advertising Manager
Wed, Nov 28th 2018 10:00 am
Senior guard Tyler Collins (above, left) gives orders to his team before executing a play in the opponents defensive end.
Senior guard Tyler Collins (above, left) gives orders to his team before executing a play in the opponents defensive end.
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The College at Brockport men’s basketball team traveled to New York City last Tuesday, Nov. 20, to face the 4—1 Baruch College. Baruch defeated Brockport, 61-49, giving the team its first loss of the new season. Now, the Golden Eagles are focusing on improving their weaknesses to prepare for their opening conference game against rival, SUNY Cortland. 

Despite the 12 point loss, The Golden Eagles were able to hold down the Baruch Bearcats in the beginning of the game until Brockport started to turn the ball over. Baruch was able to score 33 points off of turnovers alone, which ended up being more than half of the Bearcats points.

Sophomore guard, Devante Hagins said “Turnovers were a big part in our loss, for three players to have more than half of the turnovers is unacceptable,” 

At the start of the second half, Brockport cut down Baruch’s lead to one after a 14-4 run making the score 46-45 with only a few minutes left in the second half. The Bearcats fought back and went on a 15-4 run, shutting down the Brockport offense and ending the game 61-49.

“We didn’t make any shots,” junior guard Darius Townsend said. “We shot poorly from the field and couldn’t get any key stops to change the game.”

Junior forward, Justin Summers and Hagins both had double double performances. Summers led in scoring with 17 points and had the second most rebounds with 11. Hagins stepped up with 13 points and led his team in rebounds with 12 against the Bearcats. 

“I thought our transition offense worked well, but we didn’t execute in the half court well at all and we lacked communication,” senior guard, Tyler Collins said. 

After this loss Brockport is still looking to experiment with position placement on the court. 

“We have shooters, we have guys who can attack and guys who want to do the dirty work,” senior forward Ryan Ingarozza said. “Once we figure out the puzzle and put the pieces together we will be a hard team to stop.” 

Last season the Golden Eagles were 1—1 against the Cortland Red Dragons. Brockport lost to Cortland at home in its first conference matchup last season, 85-84, and followed the defeat with a 65-53 victory over the Red Dragons to tie up the series. 

“We need to communicate as a team on defense since they are a very talented offensive team and we need to execute our plays on the offensive end to compete with theirs,” Collins said. 

Although it’s early in the season, the team is already putting up better numbers compared to last year’s start. After three games the record mirrors that of last season, 2—1, but the Golden Eagles are averaging 81 points per game, which is five points more than last year. Brockport is also averaging more rebounds than last season with 42 per game as opposed to the 36 per game of last year’s campaign.

The Golden Eagles have been out-rebounding their opponents by decent margins, emphasizing it as one of their greatest strengths this season. Strong rebounding will be needed for Brockport’s next game against the Red Dragons which specializes in its offensive output. 

“We have a lot of guards which can hurt us against bigger teams but also benefit us because it allows us to play quicker which is a style of play we like playing better than playing slow paced in the half court,” Ingarozza said. “Cortland is a great team and is going to come ready to play but as long as we play Brockport basketball on our home court we will be hard to beat.”

The team will play its next match Friday Nov. 30 at 7:30 in Cortland.

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