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Men's basketball wins 13th consecutive game

by Panagiotis Argitis - Staff Writer
Wed, Feb 19th 2020 02:00 pm
Seniors Tyler Collins, Peter Farkas, Darius Townsend, Monte Stroman and Justin Summers stand with family and friends while holding the plaques they were given during their Senior Day ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 16. Brockport defeated SUNY Geneseo 88-56 during the game to push the Golden Eagles' overall record to 20—3.
Seniors Tyler Collins, Peter Farkas, Darius Townsend, Monte Stroman and Justin Summers stand with family and friends while holding the plaques they were given during their Senior Day ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 16. Brockport defeated SUNY Geneseo 88-56 during the game to push the Golden Eagles' overall record to 20—3.

After yet another victory for The College at Brockport men’s basketball team, the #1 seed in this year’s SUNYAC Tournament appears more likely than ever. With two games left to go before the postseason tip-off, Brockport remains at the top of its game and its conference. The Golden Eagles hold a 1-game advantage over SUNY Oneonta.

Following its biggest blowout win of the season against SUNY Fredonia this past weekend, the team climbed up to the #1 rank in Division III’s East region. The Golden Eagles also cracked the D3hoops.com poll, appearing as the #25 team in the country.

At this point of the season, Brockport carries a conference record of 15—1, which came after its most recent victory over SUNY Geneseo on the team’s Senior Day, marking its 13th straight win of the campaign.

In similar fashion to the majority of its outings this season, Brockport opened the game with a commanding lead behind a well-rounded display by senior forward Justin Summers, who led an early 11-0 run with eight points. The forward was placed back into the starting five following a month-long absence due to injury.

Despite Brockport’s fast start to the contest, Geneseo was able to cut its deficit to four points just before the 10 minute mark in the first period. Brockport’s offensive prowess proved to be too much to handle, as the team continued to lead, eventually building a 17-point advantage. The Golden Eagles carried that lead into halftime.

Brockport’s shots continued to fall in the second half, as the group extended its lead to as much as 34 points. Its offensive edge was the main factor behind its superiority over Geneseo, as Brockport shot 50% from the floor compared to Geneseo’s 32%. The Golden Eagles stayed consistent over the rest of the half, walking away with a 88-56 victory to stay undefeated on their home court for the first time in 12 years.

While the regular season has yet to close, Brockport’s focus is set to gradually turn to the SUNYAC Tournament, which will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The team is in position to claim the #1 seed, with a sole win needed in order to do so.

“Clinching a playoff position feels great, and being the #1 seed would also be great, too,” sophomore guard Jahidi Wallace said. “But that would not amount to anything if we do not win.”

Apart from a first-round bye, securing the top seed in its conference will help Brockport, as it would host this year’s SUNYAC Tournament if it can lock up that spot. The Golden Eagles have the opportunity to secure that in their next game against 9—6 SUNY Cortland on Friday, Feb. 21. Gaining home court advantage for the postseason tournament would greatly increase the Golden Eagles’ chances of winning, according to fifth year guard Tyler Collins.

“Brockport has always proven to be a great atmosphere and a tough place for opposing teams to play,” Collins said. “If we can get home advantage and continue to play the way we have been, we will be extremely hard to beat and will have a real strong chance to be SUNYAC champs.”

The two teams standing in the way of Brockport’s postseason tip-off are Cortland and SUNY Oswego, who are set to be opposing the Golden Eagles in a double-header this weekend.

At this time last year, Brockport held a 11—7 conference record. Despite the record, Brockport was able to reach the SUNYAC Tournament championship game, which it eventually lost at the hands of Oswego by five points. The Golden Eagles have flourished this season and this last week of the season will set the tone for how the postseason will play out.

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