Fisher men handle Sage to stay unbeaten in E8

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TROY, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to four games after the Cardinals dropped The Sage Colleges, 80-76, on Saturday inside Kahl Gymnasium.  With the win, Fisher improved to 9-6 on the season and remained atop the Empire 8 standings at 4-0 overall.  The Gators closed out the weekend at 9-7, 2-3, respectively.

Senior Sammy Robinson finished with a game-high 28 points which included an 11-for-12 effort from the free throw line.  The forward added seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocked shots in the win.  Dennis Hare chipped in with 16 points and eight boards while Asenjo netted 12 points in all.  James Leone contributed eight points, five rebounds and three dimes in 29 minutes while Dylan Harrington (Irondequoit) finished with seven points.

Both teams were evenly matched over the first 10 minutes of play until the Cardinals created some breathing room courtesy of an 8-0 run that made it 27-19 with 7:31 remaining in the half.  From there, Sage would chip away at the deficit and head into halftime trailing by four after a final possession tip-in.

As the second half got underway, Fisher used a modest 5-0 burst to take a nine-point edge, but the Gators clawed their way back into contention and scored the game’s next seven points to pull to within two points with five minutes gone by.

As the half ticked down, both teams traded baskets until the Cardinals padded their advantage after orchestrating an 11-1 run that made it a 14-point game, 70-56.  Ahead by a wide margin, Fisher’s momentum began to cool as the Gators went on a tear with 13 of the game’s next 15 points to pull to within three, 74-71, with 38 seconds still showing on the clock.

With time working against it, Sage resorted to fouling, but the Cardinals snuck in a quick press break layup and sunk each of their last four chances from the charity stripe to seal the deal.

The Cardinals bolstered their unbeaten Empire 8 conference record with an offensive statement, as they shot a remarkable 52.6 percent from the field.

Fisher will return to the hardwood at 5:30 p.m. on Friday when it takes on Elmira College inside Manning and Napier Varsity Gymnasium on Bobby Wanzer Court.

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