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Men's Basketball Late Rally Comes Up Short to No. 21 Gannon

Men's Basketball Late Rally Comes Up Short to No. 21 Gannon

Facing another high-flying offense for the second-straight night, the D'Youville men's basketball team could not the comeback attempt against No. 21 Gannon, falling by a 91-81 score on Tuesday evening at the College Center Gymnasium in Buffalo, N.Y. The win kept the Golden Knights undefeated at 7-0, while the Saints dropped to 1-7 on the season. 

The Saints fell behind quickly, playing the later end of a home back-to-back, surrendering an 8-2 run to the Golden Knights in the opening two-and-a-half minutes. Senior forward Grant Beyer put an end to the run with a layup, D'Youville's first bucket from the field. The bucket didn't stop Gannon from taking control early, opening a 16-point lead just seven minutes into the game. At the 9:27 mark of the first half, a made three courtesy of guard Alfonso Pickens Jr. put the Golden Knights up by 22 points at 31-9, giving Gannon their largest advantage of the night.

Trailing by 15 points with just over five-and-a-half remaining in the game, a steal from junior forward Garrian Wade led to a three from Beyer, sparking a 14-1 run over the next two minutes and twelve seconds, pulling the Saints back to within five points of the Gannon advantage at 77-72Pressing out of the timeout following Beyer's three, Wade forced a steal, allowing Beyer to knock down his second consecutive three-ball. Keeping the full-court press on, junior guard Latrell Butler picked the Golden Knights' pocket once more, leading to a layup of his own. A third Gannon turnover turned into two more points on a layup from freshman guard Mason Putnam. Four free throws from sophomore forward Noah Denz and Putnam capped the scoring spurt for the Saints. Gannon held off the late rally, outscoring the Saints 14-9 over the final three minutes and thirty-five seconds. 

Notables – Four Saints posted double-figure scoring efforts, paced by Beyer (28 points, 10-21 FG), followed by junior forward Jaeger Martino (16 points, 7-13 FG), Denz (10 points, 3-5 FG), and Wade (10 points, 4-13 FG) ... Beyer's scoring performance was five points shy of his career high of 33 points, set on Jan7, 2019, in a 100-95 loss to Medaille. 

As a team, the Saints shot 42.5 percent (31-73 FG) from the field, including a 30.0 percent (9-30 3PT) clip from beyond the arc ... in the final 20 minutes, the Saints connected on six of their nine made threes and converted 46.2 percent of their attempts from the field. 

Four Golden Knights landed in double figures, including guard Chris Clancy (18 points, 6-20 FG), guard Ike Herster (16 points, 5-11 FG), guard Branden Olsen (12 points, 5-6 FG), and forward Kevin Dodds (10 points, 4-8 FG) ... the Golden Knights controlled the glass Tuesday evening, outrebounding the Saints 48-37 ... Both teams tallied 36 points in the paint while also racking up 12 second-chance points each. 

Up Next - The Saints will hit the road Thursday evening, this time traveling to Erie, Pa, for another non-conference tilt at No. 21 Gannon. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Hammermill Center. 

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