Albany, NY—The Sage Colleges' men's basketball team hosted the Wildcats of SUNY-Polytechnic on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference matchup in Kahl Gym. Sage survived a late-game rally by SUNY-Poly to collect the 89-87 win. With the win Sage is now 4-4, while SUNY-Polytechnic drops to 4-3.
Sage led 45-37 at the half, but SUNY-Poly poured in 50 second half points and nearly came back to beat the Gators at the buzzer. Sage's sophomore Isaiah Scurry (Albany, NY/Albany) poured in a personal-best 31 points with eight three pointers. He hit 8 of 12 three-pointers in the game breaking Sage's single-game three-point mark held by both Andre Robinson and Brett Ullman with 7. Scurry added 18 points in the first half and was 5-7 from three-point range in the first half as Sage shot 50.0% from beyond the arch in the first half as well.
Joining Scurry in double-digits was senior forward Barceem Dukes (Gloversville, NY/Gloversville) with a season-best 21 points and nine rebounds, while senior Jordan Devaughn (Jacksonville, FL/Flora McDonald Academy) finished with 12 points. Sophomore Anthony Mitchell (Bronx, NY/Salesian) collected 10 points as well with a block and a pair of steals.
Junior guard Redell Freeman (Rochester, NY/Bishop Kearney) led the Wildcats with his 23 points adding 12 in the first half. Senior forward Kevin Williams (Brooklyn, NY/Benjamin Banneker) added 16 points for the game after adding 12 in the first half. Rookie Frank Reali (Staten Island, NY/Susan E. Wagner) had a big second half as he added 14 second half points and finished with 19 points.
Neither team shot well from the line as Sage was 17-for-28 (60.7%) and SUNY-Poly was 13-for-23 (56.5%). The Gators had a big edge on the boards with a 41-28 edge and had 28 defensive boards in the action.
Sage will return to action in January as the Gators host Nazareth College on January 2 at 6 p.m. in the first league game for the team as a member of the Empire 8 conference. SUNY-Polytechnic is back in action on December 17 hosting Hobart College at 2 p.m.