After a back-and-forth nail-biter at the College Center Gymnasium, the D'Youville men's basketball team found themselves in the win column for the second time this season, defeating Bryant & Stratton (Buffalo) in a non-conference matchup, 70-68, as freshman guard Trent Scott drilled a contested jumper with 30 seconds left, giving the Saints the go-ahead advantage on the night's 10th and final lead change.
Timely baskets and clutch free-throw shooting in the final seconds improved the Saints to 2-11 on the season while the Bryant & Stratton Bobcats fell to 9-4.
A sloppy opening period saw both sides combine for 29 turnovers, 16 from the Saints and 13 from the Bobcats. Junior forward Jaeger Martino got the Saints on the board first for the second-straight night with a three from the right-wing off an assist from fellow junior forward Garrian Wade.
Later in the half, Scott connected from downtown, deadlocking the game at 12 points apiece. The USCAA members stayed one step ahead of their provisional-DII counterparts, gaining a four-point advantage at the under-eight media timeout and taking a three-point advantage at halftime. The Saints picked up a big four points in the final minute of the of half after a shooting foul and a technical foul on the Bobcat bench, with senior guard Brian Sharp and Wade knocking down all four attempts at the line to pull within one point.
Scott got the Saints rolling in the second half with a put-back lay-in and Martino made Bryant & Stratton pay for applying a full-court press with an easy layup to knot the game up at 31 points. Sharp reclaimed the lead for D'Youville with a deep three from the top of the key and Martino added another tip-in to put the Saints up by five.
The Bobcats countered quickly with a 10-3 run that included back-to-back threes to grab a four-point advantage with 11:16 remaining. Freshman forward Jared Sullivan silenced the run with another D'Youville layup as the Saints continued to convert close to the basket, outscoring Bryant & Stratton 32-20 in the paint on the night.
Later in the half, Sullivan struck again for the Saints with a one-and-one conversion after being fouled on his made layup. Sullivan cashed in from the charity stripe to give the Saints a 60-58 lead with 4:17 remaining.
The Bobcats responded in the final minute, converting a pair of free throws to go ahead by one. Putting the ball in their leading scorer's hands with 30 seconds left, Scott took his defender one-on-one and nailed a 15-footer to put D'Youville ahead for good.
Notables – Three Saints posted double-figure scoring efforts in Thursday's triumph, paced by Scott (18 points, 6-17 FG), Martino (16 points, 7-11 FG), and freshman point guard Mason Putnam (10 points, 1-7 FG) ... The Saints controlled the glass, outrebounding the Bobcats 51-38 ... Thursday's matchup featured 10 lead changes and seven ties while the Saints walked away with their second win of the season despite only leading for 10 minutes.
Bryant & Stratton was led in scoring by guard RaeQuan Scott (18 points, 4-14 FG), guard Denzel Fuller (13 points, 3-7 FG), guard Davon Ware (12 points, 3-9 FG), and guard Deric Jackson (10 points, 3-6 FG).
Up Next – The Saints will travel downstate to take on Mercy for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Tip-off with the Mavericks is set for 1 p.m.