BUFFALO, N.Y.— Kay Grant (Jamaica/Thomas Jefferson) posted a career-high 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting as Buffalo State could not overcome a late 9-4 Cortland run in the final 1:33 of the contest as it fell 90-78 to the Red Dragons in SUNYAC action this afternoon.
FINAL SCORE: Cortland – 90, Buffalo State – 87
LOCATION: Sports Arena – Buffalo, N.Y.
RECORDS: Cortland (5-2, 3-1 SUNYAC), Buffalo State (3-4, 1-2 SUNYAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Grant led the Bengals in scoring, while adding five rebounds and pair of assists.
- Ryniek Holloway (Corona/Bayside) tallied a career-high 16 points off of the bench.
- Sheldon Adams (Rochester/Bishop Kearney) and Dom Grayer (Brooklyn/Bishop Loughlin) each finished with 13 points and 12 points respectively, with Adams adding seven assists.
- Buffalo State and Cortland traded points for much of the first half, with neither team gaining an edge, until a 9-2 run near the midway point of the stanza gave Buffalo State a 34-26 lead.
- The Red Dragons responded to with a 14-6 run of their own to tie the score at 40-40, but could not keep the score level as Grayer connected on a 3-pointer to give the Bengals a 43-40 halftime lead.
- Cortland regained the lead in the opening minutes of the second half and pushed its lead to 61-53 with 13:30 left in the contest, but failed to maintain the lead as Buffalo state once again chipped into the lead until it was 63-63 on a free throw by Holloway.
- The lead shifted back-and-forth until a layup from Kareem Holmes (New York/The Knox School) gave the Bengals an 83-81 lead with 1:33 left in the contest.
- Cortland closed the game on a 9-4 run, fueled by going seven of eight from the charity stripe, to claim the victory.
- Buffalo State held a 53-34 advantage in points in the paint, but were outscored 27-15 from the free throw line.
FOR THE FOES
- Justin Cooper finished with a game-high 31 points to pace the Red Dragons, while finishing 12 of 12 from the free throw line.
- Kenny Charles added 22 points, while Nicky Bonura tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Buffalo State will next travel to Bridgewater, VA to compete in the Don Glick Classic on Dec. 15 and 16. The Bengals will open against host Bridgewater on Friday at 4 p.m.