Brockport battles late, beats New Paltz

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NEW PALTZ, N.Y.— The College at Brockport men’s basketball team secured a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) win against SUNY New Paltz on Friday. The Green and Gold used more last second heroics to grab the lead late and walk away with a 65-63 victory.

The Golden Eagles move to 9-4 on the season and 5-1 in SUNYAC play, while the Hawks fall to 6-6 overall and maintain a conference mark of 1-4.

The start of the game kicked off with a made three-pointer by Josh Nelson and good mid-range jumper by Devante Hagins (Leadership Academy) to start the game with a 5-2 lead. Both units began to trade points until the Hawks eventually tied the game and created a five-point window at the 9:57 mark. Brockport worked their way back thanks to layups by Jahidi Wallace and Antonio Alvarez (Brockport) before Chris Atkinson nailed a three to tie the score at 20-20. From there the Golden Eagles didn’t trail the remainder of the first frame. Montgomery Stroman converted a layup in the final seconds to give the team a 30-28 advantage at the horn.

Atkinson made a layup in the opening minutes of the second half that grew the lead to four, but New Paltz quickly erupted for a run that saw them take a 58-45 advantage with 7:28 to go in the game. However, after a layup by Hagins and Brandon Kennedy-Gay cut the deficit to single digits, it was game on for the Golden Eagles. Alvarez scored 11 of the teams next 12 points to give Brockport a 62-58 lead with 1:26 on the clock. The Hawks responded with back-to-back made jump shots to claim a one-point lead with 39 seconds left. After a scoreless 29 seconds, the Green and Gold game out of a time out with a beautifully designed play that saw Atkinson toss an alley-oop from out of bounds to Hagins who knocked down the lay-in. The Brockport defense forced a turnover that essentially iced the game and the unit walked away with a 65-63 win.

Hagins led the way in scoring with 14 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds. Alvarez continues to impress with a 13 points performance, while Wallace contributed eight points and a team high 11 rebounds.

Up next for the Golden Eagles is another road game on Saturday, Jan. 11 as they travel to SUNY Oneonta for a 4 p.m. SUNYAC matchup.

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