MARCY, N.Y. - The SUNY Poly men's basketball team (16-7, 12-2 NEAC) celebrated Senior Day on Sunday with a win over Penn College (3-20, 2-12 NEAC) in North Eastern Athletic Conference play. The two teams played a tight game in the first half with SUNY Poly holding a one-point lead at the halftime break. The Wildcats would pull ahead in the second half, thanks in large part to better defensive play to earn the 87-72 win.
The Wildcat defense was porous in the first half, allowing 43 points to the lowest scoring offense in the NEAC (66.2 points per game). The Wildcats would buckle down in the second half, holding Penn College to just 23 points. Penn College shot 51.4 percent in the first half and 37.9 percent in the second half. SUNY Poly's three point game was solid in the game. The Wildcats knocked down eight threes in the game, shooting 40% from behind the arc.
Kevin Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a fantastic game for the Wildcats. The senior had a season high 31 points and 10 rebounds to record his 10th double-double of the season. Williams shot 65 percent from the field in the game and had a block and an assist.
Wildcat point guard Redell Freeman (Rochester, N.Y.) had 19 points and five assists in the game. "Free" was lights out from three-point range knocking down all five of his three-point shots in the game. Freeman is currently leading the NEAC with 5.9 assists per game.
Josh Rodriguez (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Blake Haga (Rome, N.Y.) each scored eight points in the game. Rodriguez threw down what could end up being the play of the season, slamming home a put-back dunk off a missed fast break shot. The eight points were a career high for Rodriguez. Haga drained two three-pointers, pulled in five rebounds, had a steal, and dished out an assist.
For Penn College, Robert Young Jr. had a team high 20 points, three steals, two assists, and two rebounds. Ryan Lockman and Spencer Bartron each had 13 points. Lockman four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block. Bartron had six rebounds, and a game high seven assists.
The Wildcats will travel to Wells College on Wednesday to take on the Express in a NEAC north division Matchup. The game is scheduled for a 5:00 PM tip-off. Last time these two teams met, the Wildcats came away with an 89-72 win at home.