BUFFALO, N.Y.— Four Buffalo State players scored in double-figures, including Kay Grant (Jamaica/Thomas Jefferson) who notched his fifth career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough as Oneonta tallied 46 second-half points en route to a 74-70 victory over the host Bengals in SUNYAC play this evening.
FINAL SCORE: Oneonta – 74, Buffalo State – 70
LOCATION: Sports Arena – Buffalo, N.Y.
RECORDS: Oneonta (7-7, 2-6 SUNYAC), Buffalo State (3-10, 1-6 SUNYAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Jordan Christopher (Bronx/Mott Haven Campus) finished with a career-high 12 points off of the bench to go along with six rebounds.
- Dom Grayer (Brooklyn/Bishop Loughlin) chipped in 12 points on 2 of 5 shooting from the 3-point line while Kareem Holmes (New York/The Knox School) added 10 points.
- Buffalo State stormed out of the gates by scoring 13 of the first 17 points but failed to maintain the lead as Oneonta responded with a 22-7 run to retake the lead with 7:14 left in the first stanza.
- The lead shifted once more as the Bengals tallied a pair of free throws from Holmes and a late jumper by Grayer to take a 32-28 lead at the halftime whistle.
- The Red Dragons opened the second half on a 37-16 run to reclaim the lead and pushed it to 65-48 with eight minutes left in the contest.
- Buffalo State chipped away at the lead for the next seven minutes until four-consecutive free throws from Ryniek Holloway (Corona/Bayside) trimmed the lead to 72-70 with 42 seconds left.
- The Bengals had one final possession for a chance to even the score but could not complete the comeback as a layup from Holloway fell short. The Red Dragons netted a pair of free throws to seal the win.
- Buffalo State held a 24-6 advantage in bench production while Oneonta forced 23 turnovers en route to a 30-17 points off of turnovers advantage.
FOR THE FOES
- Joseph Bull and Andres Rivera each finished with a double-double as Bull tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, while Rivera chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds.
- Kevin Mackin added 12 points.
Buffalo State is right back at it tomorrow as it hosts New Paltz in a SUNYAC game at 2 p.m. in the Sports Arena.