Medaille Advances to Semis; Starting Five Shine

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(Buffalo, NY) – The #3 seeded Medaille College men's basketball team hosted #6 seed Pitt-Bradford in a first round game of the AMCC Tournament this evening in the Sullivan Center.  The Mavs put together a tremendous offensive performance as they connected on (60.0%) of their field goal attempts, including knocking down (47.1%) of their shots from behind the arc en route to a (97-85) victory.

The starting five for Medaille were spectacular as they tallied (83) of the teams (97) points.  Junior point guard Angel Flores (Bronx, NY/Samuel Gompers) had a career night as he set his new high mark for scoring with (22) points.  He did so on (9 of 11) shooting from the floor, while also pulling down four boards and dishing out six assists.

The quartet of senior starters put their stamp on the final home game of their careers with Ricky Reed (Rochester, NY/Rush-Henrietta) leading all scorers by pouring in (23) points, including a breakaway dunk that ignited the Medaille crowd.  Reed also pulled down (6) boards, assisted on (5) buckets and came up with three steals on defense. Forward Ron Malicki (Machias, NY/Pioneer)  contributed with (12) points, grabbed (5) rebounds and dished out a career high (8) assists.  While Joe Mogavero (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) knocked down (9 of 12) shots from the floor, for (18) points and he secured a game high (8) caroms.  Fellow senior starter Kevin Borden (Fairport, NY/Fairport) chipped in with eight points of his own, including a pair of critical three pointers.

The Mavs never trailed in this one and their lead swelled to (24) points with (14:40) remaining in the second half.  They were impressive in transition all game long, outscoring the Panthers (20-8) on the break.  They also won the battle in the paint (48-36) and outrebounded Pitt-Bradford (34-26) in the win.

The win gives Medaille their third consecutive (20) win season as they are now (20-6) on the year.  They will face bitter AMCC rival and #2 seeded Penn State-Behrend on Friday (2/25) at 3:00pm in the conference semifinals on the campus of La Roche College.  These two teams split their regular season games, with each team winning on the road.