SUNYIT's Men's Team Advances to the Sweet 16

SUNYIT's Men's Team Advances to the Sweet 16

Men's Basketball - Game 1 SUNYIT 71 - SUNY Plattsburgh 65

The North Eastern Athletic Conference's SUNYIT pushes the NEAC to new heights as it wins two NCAA championship games and earning their first appearance in the sweet sixteen.

In Friday night's contest, senior Diloo Brown (Harlem, NY/Technical Careers Institute) celebrated his NEAC All-Conference First Team Selection by hitting six three-pointers and pouring in a game-high 31 points to help the SUNYIT men’s basketball team upset host Plattsburgh State 71-65 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Friday night.

Brown came out on fire in the first half, shooting 6-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, and scoring 19 points to help SUNYIT control the first half. The Wildcats saw themselves up one, 13-12, with 13:30 left before the break, before going on a 21-5 run to take a commanding 17-point lead, 34-17, with just under three minutes to go before the half. A small run by Plattsburgh to end the half would make it a 12-point SUNYIT lead at the break, 41-29. Junior Ricky Charles (Brooklyn, NY/Fashion Institute of Technology) scored all six of his points in nine minutes off the bench in the first half.

SUNYIT would maintain a strong lead the through the first ten minutes of the second half, but Plattsburgh would slowly fight their way back into it and would be down just two, 61-59, with 3:33 left. Five unanswered points by SUNYIT followed by four straight points from Plattsburgh would make it a three-point game with 1:10 left, but two straight turnovers by Plattsburgh would force them to foul, where junior David Golembiowski (Barneveld, NY/Holland Patent) nailed two freebies to seal the victory.

Golembiowski, who was named the NEAC Player of the Year earlier in the day, finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two assists. Senior Floyd Fitzpatrick Thorne (Brooklyn, NY/Paul Smith’s College) registered 15 points, seven rebounds, and a game-high three steals, including the final one of the game which he took coast-to-coast and slammed home the victory.

Men's Basketball - Game 2 SUNYIT defeated Medaille 64-63

The Wildcats won their second round game against Medaille 64-63. The SUNYIT men’s basketball team had four Wildcats in double figures and avoided a late rally to defeat Medaille College 64-63 and head to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history and the first NEAC team to do so as well. The Wildcats have now won eighteen straight contests and are now a program-best 26-4.

The Wildcats remained hot from last night’s victory, jumping out to a 21-8 lead in the first nine minutes of the contest. Medaille would get right back in it with a 16-2 run and take a one-point lead, 24-23, with 6:10 left before the half. SUNYIT would maintain its composure, however, closing the half with a 12-5 run to go into the break with a six-point lead, 35-29.

SUNYIT would come out on fire in the second half, extending their lead to 18 in the first four minutes of action and would maintain a double-digit lead throughout most of the half, finding themselves up 13, 64-51, with 6:13 left. That’s when Medaille would rally, scoring 12 unanswered points to be down just one with 49 seconds left. After a missed jumper by SUNYIT on its next possession, Medaille would get the ball back with seven seconds left, but senior Floyd Fitzpatrick Thorne (Brooklyn, NY/Paul Smith’s College) would force a jump ball and give possession back to the Wildcats. SUNYIT would turn the ball over on its next possession, however, giving the Mavericks one last chance, but they would squander the opportunity by once again turning the ball over and sealing the win the for the Wildcats.

Junior David Golembiowski (Barneveld, NY/Holland Patent) had game highs of 22 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks, while Fitzpatrick Thorne registered 14 points, five rebounds and a team-high five assists. Senior Diloo Brown (Harlem, NY/Technical Career Institute) had 14 points, six rebounds and three assists, while fellow classmate Aaron Swancott (Boonville, NY/Adirondack) scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds.  

SUNYIT will now take on No. 1 seed Williams College (MA) next Friday, March 12. The site has yet to be determined.

Women's Basketball

In Penn State Berks' first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Nittany Lions scored the first bucket of the game.  However, Kean came roaring back with 10 unanswered points.  Kean proved to be too tough as they lead by as many as 39 points.  Senior center Courtney Bailey (Harrisburg, Pa.) had game-highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Nittany Lions (19-10).  After Despite this tough loss, the PS Berks Lady Lions have much to be proud of this season.  They were seeded only 6th in early conference rankings but pushed their way through the tournament earning their first bid to the NCAA tournament.