Western New York swept a couple of Long Island counterparts on Friday in a pair of one-sided affairs:
DAEMEN 108 LIU POST 63
Jeff Redband matched his career high with 23 points (8-14 FG, 7-12 from long distance) while reigning ECC Player of the Week Andrew Sischo compiled 16 points (7-11 FG) and eight rebounds in just 21 minutes of court time as #15 Daemen crushed LIU Post in Buffalo for its ninth straight win. The Wildcats led from start to finish, bursting out of the gate with a 16-2 lead that swelled to 52-30 by halftime. The Pioneers - who were led by lone scholarship player Alonzo Ortiz-Traylor's 31 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots in 40 minutes - never came closer than 21 in the final frame, falling behind by as much as the 45-point final spread. Trevor Book (personal-best 13 points off the bench), Jay Sarkis (11 points, five helpers) and Dmarco Barnes (11 points in reserve duty) also reached double figures for the winners, who were the superior shooters (51%-40%), rebounders (54-25 including 18-4 on the offensive glass) and assisters (27-7). Daemen relied heavily on its 3-point attack (19-39 compared to 5-19 for LIUP). Kendell Ogilvie (11 points, seven rebounds) and Nah'jel Sands (10 points) also made their presences felt for Post, which has dropped a region-worst 21 straight.
ROBERTS WESLEYAN 96 NYIT 84
Just down the Thruway at the Voller Center, Roberts Wesleyan thumped New York Institute of Technology to solidify its fourth-place standing in the ECC Hierarchy and extinguish any dwindling postseason hopes by its guests. The first half was a roller coaster ride as NYIT jumped out to an 8-0 lead. A 19-4 Redhawks run flipped a 15-9 deficit into a 28-19 advantage before the Bears instigated a 16-5 counter-run - capped by a pair of Kieran Hamilton free throws - to reach intermission on top, 35-33. The visitors were still ahead, 40-37 early in the second when Peyton McLaurin (15 points, 3-4 from 3, six rebounds, six assists) converted a lay-up that triggered a 13-0 spurt and put Roberts in the lead for keeps, 50-40 with 16:08 left. The margin crested at 91-70 after two Justin Vaughan tosses with 2:15 on the clock before the Bears closed out the contest with a 14-5 flurry to make the final score more respectable. Jean Toussaint led a balanced Redhawks attack with 19 points (7-11 FG) and 10 rebounds, followed by Fope Okuyiga (15 points, 6-9 FG, five assists), Reggie Clark (14 points, 6-8 FG, four dishes) and Vaughan (12 bench points). Marcus Saint-Furcy was high man for NYIT with 22 points (6-9 FG, 4-5 from downtown Rochester) and five assists. He was flanked by Hamilton (16 points), Collins Onyeike (16) and Zahir Porter (14) as their team was outworked on the glass (41-26, including 17-6 offensive) in falling for a seventh straight time. Both teams shot it well (RWC 51%, NYIT 48%), including from beyond the arc (RWC 10-19, NYIT 8-22).