Buffalo, NY– The D'Youville men's basketball team lost a tough Buffalo Cup matchup to Medaille, 100-95. This is the Spartans sixth loss in a row, making their overall record 4-7 and 2-3 in the AMCC.
It was a slow start for both teams, neither scoring a point until a made free throw by Devon Camel (Cheektowaga, NY/ Cheektowaga) at 1:07 into the game. The teams would go on exchanging points and not going up by more than one point for three more minutes when Jeremy VanDuluitgaarden (Verona, NY/ Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) hit a three to extend the Spartan's lead 10-6. It wouldn't be until 11:05 left in the half for the score to be tied again when Simeon Heard (Rochester, NY/ Charles Finney) made two free throws to make it 21-21. Grant Beyer (Williamsville, NY/ St. Joe's) would then make sure D'Youville got their lead back each time the Mavericks tried to take it by scoring the team's next 11 points.
Beyer would continue to go off on Medaille with the help of VanDuluitgaarden, Brian Nwaekeke (Corona, CA/ John F. Kennedy), and Devon Darrell (Lockport, NY/ Lockport) to bring the Spartans and the Mavericks to a tied game with 1:19 left in the first half. Medaille would take the lead heading into the locker room, however, by making a jumper and a three to make it 46-51.
Heading into the second half, Camel got things going by hitting a basket, and then making an and-one to bring the Maverick's lead to only two-points. After a shot made by Will VanAuken (Caledonia. NY/ Caledonia-Mumford) and three more by Vanduluitgaarden, D'Youville would lead the game 59-55 with 16:33 left in the game.
After more back-and-forth play by the two teams, Medaille would end up leading 83-71 with under ten minutes in regulation. With 3:46 to go, Beyer, Camel, and Darrell would then go on a run to decrease the lead to just three-points at 87-90, but that's all the Spartans could get out of the Mavs.
"I'm sure it was an entertaining game for the fans," said head coach Earl Schunk. "It was back and forth all night. We lost our defensive focus a couple of times and they went on a couple of runs, the last of which gave them a double-digit lead. We made it all the way back and had them up against the shot clock when one of their players made a double-pump 30-footer that gave the just enough room to hold us off. We just have to hang in there and we can turn this around."
Five Spartans had double-digit scoring. Leading the way was Beyer who scored a career high of 33 points. Not to be out done, VanDuluitgaarden was just shy of a triple-double; scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds with a team high of eight assists. Also grabbing a double-double was Nwaekeke with 10 points and a team high 11 rebounds. Darrell had 13 points and five rebounds, while Camel 11.
VanAuken had saw solid time, playing 32 minutes and grabbing two points. Heard and Jake Socha (Tonawanda, NY/ Niagara Catholic) also each added a pair.
The Spartans next see action this Wednesday, January 9 against AMCC opponent Penn St.-Behrend at 8pm.