SUNY Oneonta men's basketball falls short in SUNYAC opener versus Buffalo State

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Sophomore Kevin Donohue (South Glens Falls/South High) scored a season and collegiate career high 19 points, but the SUNY Oneonta men's basketball team came up short versus Buffalo State tonight 80-76 in the SUNYAC opener for both teams.  Oneonta (1-4) had five players reach double figures tonight and they shot 49 percent from the floor including 7-of-15 from long range.

The game was close throughout with neither team being able to get close to a 10-point lead.  The largest lead by either team was in the second half by Buffalo State (4-0) at 77-71 with 3:28 remaining in the contest.

A three-point basket by Donohue cut the Bengals lead to one point at 77-76 with 29 seconds to go.  Oneonta fouled junior Anthony Hamer (Brooklyn/Bishop Loughlin), who made his two foul shots.

On the ensuing possession, freshman Frankie Kelly (Brewster/Catholic) missed a lay-up, but junior Cameron Boyden (Vestal/Vestal) grabbed the rebound and got it back out front for a reset.  As time was running down, Kelly had to take an off-balance three, which was rebounded by Buffalo.  Junior Justin Mitchell (Buffalo/Buffalo Timon-St. Jude) made one free throw for the final.

Buffalo State junior Jake Simmons (Rochester/School of the Arts) led all scorers in the game with 27 points.  Mitchell had 17 points for the Bengals, who got 10 points and 12 boards from senior Ahmed Nagaya (Bronx/Astor Collegiate Academy).

The score at halftime was 39-36 in favor of the Bengals.  Simmons scored 13 of his points in the opening half while junior Nick Sarchioto (Duanesburg/Bishop Gibbons) led Oneonta with 10 points off the bench.

The two teams traded 7-0 runs in the first five minutes of the contest.  The score was tied five times during the half with the last coming at 34-34.  The largest lead for either team was six points by Oneonta at 20-14 at the 11:51 mark.

Sarchioto finished with 17 points.  Boyden had 14 points and 12 boards.  Kelly had 10 points and six assists while sophomore Dan Lee (Ballston Lake/Shenendehowa) had 12 points.

Oneonta will take on Fredonia at home tomorrow beginning at 4pm.

Newspaper Box Score

BUFFALO STATE 80, ONEONTA STATE 76

BUFFALO STATE (4-0/1-0)

SIMMONS, Jake 9-14 4-4 27; MITCHELL, Justin 6-10 5-9 17; NAGAYA, Ahmed 5-11 0-1 10; EPPS, Roderick 3-5 1-1 8; HAMER, Anthony 2-5 3-5 7; McLEAN, Nico 3-7 1-2 7; MAJAK, Anyar 2-5 0-1 4; RUNGE, Seth 0-1 0-0 0; CASTREN, Chris 0-0 0-0 0; SIMMONS, Norman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-60 14-23 80.

ONEONTA STATE (1-4/0-1)

DONAHUE, Kevin 7-11 0-1 19; SARCHIOTO, Nick 6-9 5-7 17; BOYDEN, Cameron 6-11 2-4 14; LEE, Dan 5-12 0-2 12; KELLY, Frankie 4-11 2-2 10; MCLAREN, Dan 1-3 0-0 2; SKRELJI, Alex 1-2 0-1 2; BRINK, Larry 0-0 0-0 0; SLIVINSKY, Lukas 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-61 9-17 76.

3-point goals--Buffalo State 6-11 (SIMMONS, Jake 5-7; EPPS, Roderick 1-3; HAMER, Anthony 0-1), Oneonta State 7-15 (DONAHUE, Kevin 5-6; LEE, Dan 2-5; KELLY, Frankie 0-2; SLIVINSKY, Lukas 0-1; SARCHIOTO, Nick 0-1).

Fouled out--Buffalo State-None, Oneonta State-None.

Rebounds--Buffalo State 34 (NAGAYA, Ahmed 12), Oneonta State 39 (BOYDEN, Cameron 12). Assists—Buffalo State 8 (NAGAYA, Ahmed 2; HAMER, Anthony 2; McLEAN, Nico 2), Oneonta State

15 (KELLY, Frankie 6).

Total fouls--Buffalo State 18, Oneonta State 18.

Technical fouls--Buffalo State-None, Oneonta State-None.

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