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Men's Basketball Falls in First Meeting with Daemen

Grant Beyer at Daemen on Feb. 10, 2021.
Grant Beyer at Daemen on Feb. 10, 2021.

The D’Youville men’s basketball team continued East Coast Conference action with a midweek contest at Daemen, as the Saints stayed within striking distance for most of the night before the Wildcats pulled away in the final ten minutes to grab a 102-77 victory at Lumsden Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

Junior forward Jaeger Martino got the Saints (1-3, 0-3 ECC) on the board Wednesday night, banking a fadeaway jumper from about 10-feet out to knot the game up at two. After a 7-0 run from the Wildcats (2-2, 2-0 ECC), junior forward Garrian Wade got on the score sheet a couple of minutes later, cashing in on a three from the left-wing. Later in the half, senior forward Grant Beyer took over the D’Youville offense, drilling a three from the right-wing, later hitting a step-back two from the right corner and adding two free throws on the next possession to give the Saints their only lead of the night at 23-22 with 8:04 in the first half.

Daemen responded to the D’Youville rally with a 6-0 run of their own to take back a 28-23 advantage. Freshman guard Mason Putnam added to the Saints total with a three from the right-wing to cut Daemen’s lead to four, but the Wildcats would go on another 10-4 run to stretch their lead to 10 points at 43-33 with just under two minutes remaining. When it seemed like Daemen was gaining momentum and pulling away going into the halftime break, Beyer struck once more from downtown at the halftime buzzer to cut the Saints’ deficit to seven points.

With the shot clock running low early in the second half, sophomore forward Noah Denz drove under the basket and converted a reverse lay-in to bring the Saints back to within three points at 47-44. Three-time ECC First Team center Andrew Sischo, who collected 18 of his 31 points during the final 20 minutes, grabbed an offensive rebound and put back the ensuing layup to complete a 9-2 run for the Wildcats. Beyer cut into the Daemen lead once more with another fadeaway jumper followed by a three from the left-wing, slicing Daemen’s lead to eight points at 59-51 with 13 minutes remaining. That was as close as D’Youville would get for the rest of the night as the Wildcats blew the game open with a 12-3 run spanning just over two minutes past the 10-minute mark in the second half. The scoring spurt, consisting of a pair of old-fashioned three-point plays from Sischo, another Sischo layup, the and-one conversion from Sean Fasoyiro, and a three from the left corner from Da’Shawn Hines opened a 21-point advantage in Daemen’s favor that sealed D'Youville's fate.

Notables – The Saints shot 44.1 percent (15-34 FG) from the field in the opening 20 minutes compared to 42.1% percent (16-38 FG) from Daemen ... D’Youville used the three-ball six times in 14 attempts (42.9%) to keep within arm's length of Daemen in the first half ... Daemen also cashed in on six of their 19 attempts (31.6%) from beyond the arc.

On the night, Daemen was 44.3 percent (35-79 FG) from the field, outshooting D’Youville’s 41.2 percent (28-68 FG) clip ... The Saints cooled off to 36.0 percent (9-25 3PT) from downtown when the final buzzer sounded while the Wildcats only hit 28.9 percent (11-38 3PT) of their three-point tries.

Three Saints posted double-digit scoring efforts in Wednesday's setback: Beyer (21 points, 7-17 FG), Putnam (18 points, 7-12 FG), and Denz (11 points, 3-7 FG) … Beyer also paced the Saints in three-pointers made with five of the team’s nine conversions ... Beyer and Denz each collected a team-high six boards, but it was the Wildcats that controlled the glass, outrebounding the Saints 57-33, including a 17-4 advantage on the offensive glass.

Daemen used big nights from Sischo (31 points, 11-17 FG), guard Kyle Harris (22 points, 7-15 FG), and Fasoyiro (18 points, 6-14 FG) on their way to a second win in as many games this week... Sischo collected a game-high 21 rebounds and picked up two blocks... Daemen dominated the paint, outscoring the Saints 46-24, and collected 22 second-chance points while the Saints only picked up two... D’Youville was shut out in fast-break points while giving up 21 to the Wildcats.

Up Next – The Saints will hit the road once more for a pair of weekend matchups with No. 7 Mercyhurst on Friday (Feb. 12) and Saturday (Feb. 13). Friday’s tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Erie, Pa.