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Men's Basketball Falls to Hot-Shooting Daemen

Jared Sullivan vs. Daemen on Feb. 15, 2021.
Jared Sullivan vs. Daemen on Feb. 15, 2021.

The D’Youville men’s basketball team returned to the College Center Gymnasium and East Coast Conference action Monday, falling to the Daemen Wildcats, 103-69, on a snowy evening in Buffalo, N.Y. The home setback saw the Saints fall to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in conference play while the guests improved to 3-3 on the season and 3-1 in the ECC. 

Contrary to last week's stalemate during the opening minutes in Amherst, both teams traded baskets in each of their four opening possessions on the night, with both teams tallying 13 points before the first media timeout. On D’Youville’s opening possession, freshman guard Trent Scott cashed in on a three to put the Saints on the board. Freshman guard Mason Putnam paced the Saints early, connecting on his first three attempts from the field, including two three-pointers.  

After the under-16 media timeout, the Wildcats rallied to a 30-18 advantage using a 17-5 run. Later in the opening period, the Saints found themselves down by 10 points at 37-27. A pair of jumpers from junior forward Garrian Wade, the second bucket coming off a steal from freshman forward Jared Sullivan, was followed by a steal from junior guard Latrell Butler leading to a layup for senior forward Grant Beyer, as the Saints clawed back to within four points of the Daemen advantage at 37-33 with 5:38 remaining in the first half. Despite the temporary swing in momentum, the Wildcats scored 12 of the final 18 points in the half to reclaim their 10-point lead heading into the intermission. 

The Saints were unable to crawl any closer in the second half as Daemen repeated their hot start to the game in the final 20 minutesgoing on a 17-4 run over the first four minutes. The Wildcats didn’t look back on the way to their third conference victory of the season, outscoring the Saints by a 54-30 margin in the half while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and converting 10 times from downtown in the final period of play. 

Notables – Sullivan recorded a career-high 19 points (8-10 FG) to pace the Saints in scoring while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds ... Putnam added 13 points (5-10 FG) and cashed in three times from beyond the arc ... junior forward Trey Boling chipped in seven points (2-6 FG) and collected five boards. 

As a team, D’Youville shot 48.3 percent (14-29 FG) from the field in the first half but cooled off in the second half, only converting on 34.3 percent (12-35 FG) of their attempts ... the Wildcats controlled the battle on the glass Monday night, outrebounding the Saints, 43-33, and turned 16 D’Youville turnovers into 19 points... the two teams finished with an even 26 points in the paint. 

Three Daemen players posted double-digit scoring efforts, led by guard Andrew Mason (25 points, 8-12 FG), guard Kyle Harris (22 points, 8-12 FG), and guard Sean Fasoyiro (19 points, 4-9 FG) long-range shooting propelled the Wildcats all night long, as their 50.0 percent clip from beyond the arc was good for 17 threes on 34 attempts. 

Up Next - The Saints are back in action tomorrow night with a non-conference tilt against No. 24 Gannon. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from the College Center Gym.  

Follow the Saints - Tune into tomorrow’s matchup on the ECC Network and follow the action through Presto SportsYou can also follow tomorrow’s game on Twitter (@DYOUVILLEMBB) and Instagram (@dycmbb).