Fisher battles snow, Elmira in victorious weekend matchup

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ELMIRA, N.Y.  – The St. John Fisher College men’s basketball team capped off a snowy weekend with an 81-68 win at Elmira College on Sunday afternoon in an Empire 8 bout inside Speidel Gymnasium.  With the win, Fisher, which clinched a postseason berth with its win over Hartwick on Saturday, improved to 15-7 on the year and 10-1 in the Empire 8 standings while the Soaring Eagles posted their fourth straight loss to move to 2-20 overall and 1-10 against conference opposition.

Senior Sammy Robinson led the offense with 24 points to go along with five rebounds and a steal while Dennis Hare added 14 points and five boards in the win.  James Leone finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists over 29 minutes while Matt Asenjo contributed eight points and grabbed four rebounds in all.

Elmira jumped out to an early lead, but the Cardinals found their footing and reclaimed the advantage following an 8-0 run that made it 8-5 in the early going.  From there, the Cardinals’ lead would balloon to 12 points in the first half after a 3-pointer from Leone sparked a 7-0 burst to make it 35-23 with five minutes to go before the break.

Trailing by double digits, Elmira would pull to within eight, but the Cardinals continued to push the pace and scored seven of the game’s next nine points to hold a 13-point edge with under two minutes to play.  As the half ticked away, the Cardinals’ momentum would begin to fade as Elmira took advantage and outscored Fisher 7-3 in the final 90 seconds to head into halftime facing a nine-point gap.

Coming out of the break, Fisher looked primed to put the game on ice as Robinson scored five points as part of a larger 7-0 run to make it a 16-point game.  The advantage would grow to as many as 18 points in the second frame before the home team eventually pulled to within nine with just 2:15 to play in the game.  The damage has been done, however, as Fisher scored the contest’s final four points to keep pace with first-place Nazareth in the conference standings.

Fisher will close out the regular season with three straight home games beginning with a Valentine’s Day showdown with The Sage Colleges inside Manning and Napier Varsity Gymnasium on Bobby Wanzer Court.  Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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