The Men’s basketball team split a pair of SUNYAC games on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6.
On Friday, Dec. 5, the Hawks were defeated by the SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinals 81-69.
The Hawks never led at any point throughout the game. The Cardinals largest lead was 22 points with 4:59 remaining in the second half.
Fourth-year co-Captain R.J. Rosa and second-year guard Eric Regenbogen each scored 13 points apiece, a team-high for the Hawks. It was also Regenbogen’s career-high, while coming off the bench.
The following day, the Hawks won their first SUNYAC game of the season, defeating SUNY Potsdam 63-61.
After a Hawks timeout, third-year forward/center Alex Perlman was fouled on the team’s next possession and converted both free throws to give the Hawks a two-point lead to defeat the Bears.
Rebounding was crucial to the Hawks victory as they outrebounded the Bears 39-29.
The team will have a month-long hiatus, as their next game will be on Friday, Jan. 2, where the team takes on Roanoke College in the first round of the Roanoke Tournament with an overall record of 2-5 and a 1-1 SUNYAC record.
Head Coach Mike Rejniak said the team is in better shape than the record shows and have to continue to stay positive, because they have a lot of good skill to build on.
“The progress that I’ve seen from the team has been exciting,” he said. “We still haven’t played our best basketball yet. We’ve got a lot to improve on. When we get to that 40 minutes of play, and we will get to that in the second semester it’s going to be nice to watch a good brand of basketball to see.”