Fredonia, NY - The D'Youville men's basketball season tipped off their 2019-20 season on Tuesday evening as they fell to the Fredonia Blue Devils on the road in overtime by the final score of 91-88.
Fredonia was out in front early in the first half, but the Spartans pulled to within two at 8-6 following a Grant Beyer (Williamsville, NY/St. Joe's) three. Back-to-back threes from Darrius Hartzong (Rochester, NY/Wilson Magnet) and Brian Sharp (Newark, NY/Newark) to draw the game to two at 18-16 with 10:44 to go in the half.
Continuing the trend of firing from long distance, Simeon Heard (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) drilled a three following a Fredonia free throw to give D'Youville their first lead of the game at 20-19. Despite taking the lead away from the Blue Devils, Fredonia would regain it yet again and go ahead by five with 5:26 to play in the first. With 1:46 to go, Devon Darrell (Lockport, NY/Lockport) would tie the game at 35 with his fourth and fifth consecutive points for the men and then give the team the lead with a layup. Freshmen Ryan Davis (Darian Center, NY/Alexander) and Noah Denz (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) would cap off the scoring for the Spartans in the first with a pair of free throws and a three to send D'Youville into the half leading 42-37.
Nearly two minutes into the second half, Fredonia tied the game up at 43 but Juan Miguel Rosales (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Village School) would give the team the lead right back on their next possession. From that point on, the teams would go back-and-forth with neither team holding more than a possession lead until the 11:30 mark when Davis sent D'Youville up by two with a pair of three throws as the Spartans led 61-56.
With under eight minutes to go in regulation, Beyer would score five consecutive points to extend their lead to eight, followed by a Rosales layup that gave D'Youville their largest lead of the game at 10 with 4:51 remaining on the clock. As the half went on, Fredonia began to chip away at the Spartan's lead and trailed by one with 1:54 to go. On their next possession, the Blue Devils would take the lead and hold their lead at 78-76 with a pair of free throws. Beyer would then hit two free throws to tie the game at 0:49 left in regulation and neither team would score again as the game went to overtime.
Much like they did during regulation, the two teams traded the lead with a very close score throughout the extra period. With 0:50 to go in the game, Fredonia went up by four at 87-83 and then extended their lead to 89-84 with 0:28. Jagdeep Drumgoole (Rochester, NY/Early College) came up huge for the men with 0:09 remaining as he hit a big three and a free throw to make it a two-point game, but the Spartans ran out of time as they fell in their season opener 91-88 to Fredonia.
Beyer led the team with 23 points in the agme while adding three rebounds and two steals. Darrell added 18 points with a team high four assists to go with four rebounds. Rosales led the team with eight rebounds and scored 16 points.
Heard, Drumgoole, and Davis each added six points off the bench while Denz scored five. Sharp also added five with Hartzog tallying three with two assists and Wanya Bruce (Rochester, NY/Fairport) played five minutes.
The next game for the men will be their home opener this Friday, November 15 as they host Wells at 7:00pm.