Courtesy of Nazathletics.com
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Senior Jake Burgio (Brockport) posted game highs in points (28) and rebounds (16) for host Nazareth Friday as the Golden Flyers defeated Hiram, 88-81, in the teams’ men’s basketball season opener. The game was the nightcap of the BSG Tournament played at Nazareth’s Kidera Gymnasium. The College of New Jersey defeated Cazenovia, 85-79, in Friday’s first game.
The Golden Flyers will play TCNJ for the tournament title Saturday at 3 p.m. Hiram and Cazenovia will meet in the consolation game at 1.
Burgio made 11 of 19 shots from the field and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line to collect his 28 points. Senior Tyler Stenglein (Irondequoit) added 18 points, junior Cody Green had 14 (with four three-pointers) and senior Brendan Wind (Greece Athena) had 10 points and eight assists.
Nazareth led by as many as 11 points midway through the first half and was up by 10 points early in the second half before Hiram rallied to take a six-point lead with 7:19 left. The Golden Flyers fought back by scoring 11 straight points to turn a 70-64 deficit into a 75-70 lead with 4:23 left. Stenglein and Chris Jones each made two baskets and Burgio one during the surge. The Terriers stayed close and were within one point, 80-79, when Jalen Kirksey made a pair of free throws with 2:06 left.
Burgio scored for Nazareth on the ensuing possession and Green buried a clutch three-pointer with less than a minute to play to extend Nazareth’s lead to 85-79. Burgio sank a pair of free throws with :29 left and Wind canned another with :11 left to seal the deal.
In the first half, Nazareth surged to an early lead as Burgio scored 16 of his points by making 8 of 11 shots. It was 22-11 following a basket by Kevin Underwood with 10:23 to play in the opening half. The Terriers closed to within 36-34 with 2:21 left, but Stephen Gabel (Fairport) scored and Stenglein sank four free throws before the half ended as the Golden Flyers settled for a 42-36 advantage at the break.
The teams finished with identical shooting percentages for the night, each making 30 of 75 shots for 40 percent. Christian Crespo scored 23 points for Hiram and grabbed 10 rebounds.