Rochester Uses Strong Board Work To Top Brockport In Wendy's Classic

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The University of Rochester men's basketball team used a strong performance on the boards to overcome a less than stellar shooting performance to top the College at Brockport 59-50 in the first round of the Wendy's College Classic on Wednesday evening.
Top seeded Rochester (4-2) moves on in the local college tournament to face 4th seeded Roberts Wesleyan College at RIT while Brockport will play Hobart in the consolation games at UR on Friday.
UR pulled down a season high 52 rebounds, led by junior Dylan Peretz grabbing a career high 20 boards, 13 on the offensive glass.  The rebounds helped offset Rochester's 29.4% shooting from the floor (20-68), a season low.
It was a strong start for the Yellowjackets, especially on the offensive glass.  Five early offensive boards helped Rochester out to a 14-5 lead five minutes into the contest.  Peretz contributed with five points and nine rebounds (five offensive) in the first half.
UR built its early lead on with a 20-6 run over eight minutes until midway through the half.  The 'Jackets led by as many as 15 in the period, sitting at 28-13 with 7:23 left.
Brockport (1-4) struggled to find its shooting touch, even on its home floor, missing 14 of its first 20 shots (30%).  For the half, the Golden Eagles shot 9-28 (32%) compared to Rochester's 13-32 (40.6%).
Overall, seven different players scored for Rochester in the first 20 minutes with sophomore Sam-Borst Smith leading the way with nine points.  Mack Montague hit two treys with Jared Seltzer adding in six points.  Rochester held a big advantage on the boards as well, outrebounding the Golden Eagles 34-22.
Both teams came out cold in the second half, with UR going 1-for-10 and the Golden Eagles shooting 3-for-10 out of the break.
The Golden Eagles trimmed the lead to as little as four twice in the second half, but the Yellowjacket size inside allowed for numerous second chance points to build the lead back out to double-digits with under five minutes remaining.  For the contest, Rochester scored 28 second chance points behind 29 offensive rebounds while Brockport scored just 11 2nd chance points.
UR's leading scorer was Borst-Smith with 14 points while Peretz finished with a double-double with 10 points to go along with his 20 rebounds.  Seltzer was the only other Yellowjacket in double-figures with 10 points as well.
For Brockport, the tournament's defending champion, Pat Modzelewski led the Golden Eagles with 15 points while Clifton Lyerly added 11 points off the bench.