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VanDuluitgaarden Eclipses 1,000 Points in West Coast Finale

VanDuluitgaarden Eclipses 1,000 Points in West Coast Finale

Portland, OR - Senior guard Jeremy VanDuluitgaarden (Verona, NY/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) was the big story from the Spartan's 94-81 loss to the Lewis & Clark Pioneers Wednesday evening as the senior became the fifth player in program history to score 1,000 points.

VanDuluitgaarden scored his 1,000th point in the first half on a made layup and converted and-one at the 12-minute mark if the first half on his way to a 21-point performance. In addition to his team high in points, Jeremy was the leading rebounder for the men with nine, adding two assists and a steal.

Lewis & Clark was out front early with a 19-11 lead just over five minutes into the game. D'Youville was able to keep their deficit within single digits over the next several minutes before the Pioneers started to pull away. 

Down by 12, Devon Camel (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) made a layup and drilled a three on back-to-back possessions to put the Lewis & Clark lead to single digits. With 8:08 to go in the first, the Pioneers would go on a 18-8 run to end the half as they started to create some distance from the Spartans, leading 55-33.

Through just north of seven minutes into the second, Lewis & Clark extended their lead to 30 before D'Youville would begin to play themselves back into the game. With eight minutes to go, the Spartans trimmed 10 points off the Pioneer lead to trail by 20. Two minutes later, the Spartans would then bring that deficit down to 16.

As regulation came closer to an end, D'Youville continued to battle. A Brian Nwaekeke (Corona, CA/John F. Kennedy) layup put the Spartans down by 11 at 86-75 with 2:21 to go and then a Grant Beyer (Williamsville, NY/St. Joe's) brought D'Youville within single digits at 86-77 with 1:28 remaining. With their lead down to eight with under a minute to go, the Pioneers were able to hold off the late D'Youville run to defeat the Spartans 94-81.

"We played by far our worst first half of the year, both defending and on offense," said head coach Earl Schunk. "In the second half we turned a 30-point deficit into a seven-point deficit with two minutes to go. We ran out of time unfortunately."

With their first semester schedule completed and their West Coast trip done, the men and coach Schunk will head into the bulk of their conference schedule with a great deal of experience against several tough opponents.

"This trip was a very good learning experience for us," said Schunk. "We saw how well we could play and also how poorly we can play when we aren't focused. We need to take these lessons into the second semester."

Camel scored a career high 20 points in the game, adding four rebounds. Nwaekeke scored 10 points with seven rebounds while Beyer tallied 12 points. Jake Socha (Tonawanda, NY/Niagara Catholic) scored eight with five rebounds in his second consecutive start with Will VanAuken (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford) scoring seven with four boards. Simeon Heard (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) grabbed four rebounds and scored a pair of points.

Brian Sharp (Newark, NY/Newark), Kyle Ebert (Lake View, NY/Frontier), and Jagdeep Drumgoole (Rochester, NY/Early College) all saw valuable playing time in the game. While being outscored in the first half, the Spartans came back to outscore the Pioneers 48-39 in the second half. D'Youville outrebounded Lewis & Clark, scored more points off of turnovers, and scored more points in the paint.

The next game for the Spartans will come after the winter break as they host RIT on Wednesday, January 2 at 3:00pm.