Houghton, NY- The D'Youville men's basketball team got to within two points of the lead but the late second-half rally ran out of time and the Spartans were stopped in today's non-conference game at Houghton 88-83.
A pair of second-year players provided plenty of offense. Jon Gemerek (Depew, NY/Depew) poured in a career-high 27 points and Marcus Clarke (Olean, NY/Archbishop Walsh) scored 24 points and tied a team single-game record with 7 made three-point field goals.
The duo sparked the Spartan comeback by combining for 39 of the team's 57 second-half points.
The Spartans chipped away at the second-half deficit and trailed by two with twelve seconds left left to play. Houghton sealed the game with three free-throws. Trips to the charity stripe were the difference in the game.
Houghton barged their way to the free-throw line 45 times and made 35 (77.8%). In comparison, D'Youville was just 12 of 20 from the line (60%).
From the D'Youville viewpoint there were a number of positives from the game. The Spartans made 15 three-point baskets, the most any Spartan squad has done in a game since 2001. D'Youville scored 57 second-half points, the most in any frame this season, and outscored the hosts by four points in last twenty minutes of play. Run DYC pressured Houghton into committing 31 turnovers.
The Spartans return to AMCC play with a road game at La Roche College December 14.