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SUNY Canton basketball teams split against Johnson State; men’s hockey falls to St. Michael’s

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CANTON - The SUNY Canton men’s and women’s basketball teams managed a split on the road against their Johnson State College counterparts on Tuesday while the men’s hockey team was shutout by St. Michael’s College as all three squads ventured into the Green Mountain State.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

In Johnson, Vermont, the Lady Roos surged ahead to a double-digit lead in the middle of the first half and kept the host Badgers at bay for the remainder of the contest to earn a 79-62 non-league decision at Carter Gym. Senior forward Kaitlin Myers (Dannemora, N.Y.) surpassed the 1,000 point mark for her career and racked up game-high’s of 28 points and 13 rebounds while doing it. Junior Alicia Uhlein (Watertown, N.Y.) chipped in with 11 points and freshman Karyss Terrance (Hogansburg, N.Y.) tossed in nine points and had six boards.

Johnson was led by sophomore guard Brittany Robertson (Burlington, Vt.) and freshman guard Mary Richardson (Vernon, Vt.) who each scored 22 points. Robertson knocked down three 3-pointers and collected three steals while Richardson grabbed a team-best six rebounds.

Canton led 14-11 just over three and half minutes into the contest but a 17-4 surge by the ‘Roos pushed the lead out to 16 at 31-15 capped by a 3-point field goal from Uhlein. Canton would take that same 16-point cushion into halftime leading 44-28.

The Canton lead would swell to 23 early in the second half but the Badgers would claw their way back into it. After Robertson knocked down a pair of free throw attempts with 7:10 to play the lead had been cut to just six points at 60-54. But Myers would score a bucket and knock down four consecutive free throws to help push the lead back to double-figures and on to the 17-point win.

For the game Canton shot 51% (27-53) from the field while Johnson finished at 31% (20-66).

The Kangaroos even their record at 2-2 on the young season while Johnson stands at 1-2, 0-0 North Atlantic Conference (NAC). SUNY Canton will face SUNY Cobleskill on the road on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Johnson will move on to play at Norwich University in their next contest on Sunday at 1 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Badgers picked up their first win of the young season defeating visiting SUNY Canton 76-71. Johnson received 21 points, six assists, five steals and five rebounds from senior point guard Andy Bousono (Philadelphia, Penn.) in the victory. Junior forward Bryan Hickey (Barre, Vt.) had his second consecutive double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Asim Khan (Torrance, Calif.) tallied nine points and freshman guard Austin Robinson (Burlington, Vt.) went for eight points, nine rebounds, and five steals.

Canton’s Michael Pulci (Staten Island, N.Y.) came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points to go with five boards while junior guard Khalid Vaughn (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Xavier Fisher (Plymouth, Penn.) each scored 16 points with Fisher snatching a team-high eight rebounds.

In a first half that featured nine ties, the last coming with 3:45 remaining in the half at 28-28, the Badgers were able to close the stanza on a 9-2 run keyed by freshman guard Kwatrelle Blocker (Philadelphia, Penn.) who scored four of his seven points the final push of the half.

Johnson would score the first two buckets of the second half and take their largest lead of the game at 41-30 but, after swapping baskets, Canton would go on a 15-4 run tying the game for the 10th time on the night.

A pair of Pulci free throws would give the Kangaroos their first and only lead of the second half with 9:55 remaining in the game making the score 52-51. But Johnson would respond pushing the lead back out to eight points after a Hickey lay up making it 68-60 JSC.

Canton had one more push in them cutting the lead to one-point with :57 left to play after two more Pulci free throws. Johnson would go on to make 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch, two from senior forward Cody Camisa (Colchester, Vt.) with :12 seconds left to play giving Johnson the important four point lead, en route to the win.

Johnson improves to 1-2, 0-0 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) while Canton dips to 1-2 overall.

Canton returns to action on Wednesday, November 28, at home against Utica College starting at 6 p.m. while Johnson will play at Norwich University on Sunday at 3 p.m.

MEN’S HOCKEY

In South Burlington, Four players scored, sophomore Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa.) posted a shutout in his college debut, and the Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak by downing SUNY Canton, 4-0 at Cairns Arena. Donzanti made 16 saves for his team’s first shutout since Nov. 20, 2010. Senior Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass.) and sophomore AJ Pieprzak (Barrie, Ontario) each had a goal and an assist, senior Tim McAuliffe (North Reading, Mass.) and first-year Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec) each added goals, and sophomore Mark Higgins (Plainville, Mass.) had a pair of assists. The hosts outshot the visitors, 33-16.

Sophomore Morgan Barr (Almonte, Ontario) made 29 stops for SUNY Canton.

The Purple Knights are now 2-5, while the Kangaroos fell to 3-5. Canton played at Wesleyan College this Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Purple Knights play next when they head to Castleton State College on Nov. 30 for a 7 p.m. contest.

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