POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam mens basketball team used a second half surge to claim a 71-51 decision over Algonquin College in an exhibition matchup Tuesday evening. Senior guard Mark Lake Jr. (Harlem, N.Y.) led the Bears in scoring with 13 points. The Bears struck first in the game behind a three-pointer from Lake. Both teams battled back-and-forth as Potsdam tried to find a rhythm and settle in for its first of the season. The Bears were able to generate an eight-point lead late in the first half. However, the Thunder responded and closed the gap going into halftime, 34-32.
The second half went the Potsdams as the Bears went on a five-minute,17-2 run sparked by junior forward Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.) and senior forward Corey Ellis (Beacon, N.Y.). Potsdam found their groove as they converted on several key opportunities and locked down the Thunders offensive threats. The Bears defense held Algonquin to 20 percent shooting in the second half and caused 23 turnovers on the night.
Potsdam junior forward Colin Peterson (Hilton, N.Y.) totaled 12 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Josh Lambert (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Duquette both added 11 points to round out the top scorers for the Bears.
Potsdam opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 16, against Ithaca College at 8 p.m. in the first round of the North Country Invitational at Clarkson University.
WOMENS HOCKEY FALLS
After falling behind early, the host SUNY Plattsburgh womens hockey team rallied with two, four-goal periods and routed SUNY Potsdam 8-1 in an ECAC West game Tuesday night.
Emma Rutherford and Teal Gove each scored two goals for the Cardinals (4-0-1 overall, 3-0 conference). Jordan Caldwell, Caitlin Gilligan, Breanne Bennett and Melissa McIver also scored for the Cardinals.
Kakia Ashley scored for SUNY Potsdam (0-3, 0-1).