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Men's Basketball Falls in Weekend Opener to Roberts Wesleyan

Mason Putnam at Villa Maria on Jan. 30, 2021.
Mason Putnam at Villa Maria on Jan. 30, 2021.

The D'Youville men's basketball team continued East Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon in Rochester, N.Y., dropping the weekend opener to Roberts Wesleyan, 100-69, at the Voller Athletic Center. Saturday's setback saw the Saints fall to 1-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play while the Redhawks improved to 5-6 overall and 3-4 against ECC competition. 

On their opening possession, junior forward Garrian Wade's jumper put the Saints ahead early. The Redhawks answered with a 10-0 run. Freshman guard Mason Putnam got the D'Youville offense back on track with a three from the top of the key and added a layup on the next possession. Junior guard Latrell Butler found sophomore forward Noah Denz open for his first bucket of the game. Denz's jumper pulled the Saints back to within six points of the Roberts Wesleyan advantage at 21-15 with 12:16 remaining in the first half. The Redhawks countered with another seven-point swing over the next three minutes, stretching their lead to 28-15. Putnam recovered a loose ball after two Redhawks fumbled a rebound under their own basket, and found junior forward Trey Boling for the easy layup to stop the run. On D'Youvlle's next possession, Denz added his first three of the afternoon, cutting the Redhawk lead to eight points with eight minutes remaining. A pull-up jumper from senior forward Grant Beyer, beating the shot clock, and an old-fashioned three-point play from junior forward Jaeger Martino brought the Saints back to within seven points at 34-27, just after the under-four media timeout. Beyer pulled up from the top of the key for two and freshman forward Jared Sullivan added two more free throws, making it a six-point game at 39-33 with under a minute remaining. A late reach-in foul during the final seconds of the half saw the Red Hawks add two more free throws on their way to a 41-33 advantage heading into the locker room. 

Putnam put the Saints on the board in the second half with a deep three from the right wing. The point guard's bucket ended a 7-0 run from the Redhawks to open the halfPutnam cashed in twice more from downtown, the first from the right corner and the second from the top of the key, putting the Saints down by eight points at 50-42A couple minutes later, Beyer added D'Youville's fourth three of the half. This one again from the right corner, cutting the Roberts Wesleyan lead to five points and then Butler added a fifth make from beyond the arc, pulling the Saints back to four points at 54-50. It was the closest the Saints had been since the 17:03 mark of the first half when D'Youville trailed 10-6. The Redhawks countered once more with 12-4 run to extend their lead back to 12 points at 66-54 at the mid-way point of the second half. The flurry of threes continued as Butler added one more, but guard Isaiah Lewis responded right away for the Redhawks with three of his own and then added back-to-back layups. Lewis' buckets sparked a 17-3 run spanning 3:43 to give the Redhawks a 78-57 lead at the 7:37 mark of the second half. 

Notables – Three Saints posted double-digit scoring efforts in Saturday's defeat, paced by Putnam (15 points, 5-16 FG), followed by Beyer (13 points, 5-10 FG), and Wade (11 points, 4-7 FG) ... As a team in the first half, the Saints shot 36.4 percent (12-33 FG) from the field ... the Saints added nine points from the beyond arc but at a 25.0 percent (3-12 3PT) clip ... Also, D'Youville shot an efficient 85.7 percent (6-7 FT) from the charity stripe ... for the game, the Saints shot 34.8 percent (24-69 FG) from the field and 36.7 percent (11-30 3PT) from beyond the arc. 

The Redhawks were led in scoring by guard Reggie Clark (22 points, 7-15 FG), Lewis (19 points, 7-11 FG), forward Andrew Nasseri (14 points, 6-9 FG), and guard Amari Lee (11 points, 5-10 FG) ... the Redhawks controlled the glass Saturday afternoon, outrebounding D'Youville 48-36 ... as a team, Roberts Wesleyan shot an efficient 52.8 percent (38-72 FG) from the field and 50.0 percent (13-26 3PT) from the beyond the arc. 

Up Next – The Saints and Redhawks will complete their season series tomorrow afternoon at the Voller Athletic Center. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. 

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