Heartbreaker at the buzzer for Sage men

Heartbreaker at the buzzer for Sage men

Albany, NY—The Sage Colleges' men's basketball team hosted the Saxons of Alfred University on Saturday afternoon in an Empire 8 contest. Alfred escaped with an 80-79 victory over Sage to improve to 16-6 overall and 9-4 in the Empire 8. The loss puts Sage at 10-13 overall and 5-9 in the league.


Alfred led 44-32 at the half, but the Gators played a tough second half outscoring the Saxons, 47-36. Sage had a chance to win the game as with 1.6 seconds left, senior center Barceem Dukes (Gloversville, NY/Gloversville) went to the line to shoot two and missed them both and Alfred's sophomore guard Sam Dagon (Hornell, NY/Hornell) collected the defensive rebound to save the Alfred win as time expired.


Sage led by five points with 1:49 left to play, 78-73, but junior guard Sage Brown (Cortland, NY/Cortland) hit a three-pointer at 0:44 to cut the Gators' lead to one point, 79-78 and then at 0:15 Dagon hit a layup to give Alfred the 80-79 lead. Sage was unable to convert in the final seconds and fell at the buzzer to Alfred.


Sage's junior center Kevin Lenehan (Delanson, NY/Duanesburg) had 22 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks, while Dukes added 17 points with seven rebounds and a blocked shot.  Sophomore Isaiah Scurry (Albany, NY/Albany) picked up 16 points with six rebounds. Senior Jordan DeVaughn (Jacksonville, FL/Flora McDonald Academy) picked up 11 points for the Gators.


Alfred was paced by the play of senior forward Dalton Cousin (Sherrill, NY/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) with a double-double on 23 points with 11 rebounds including nine defensive boards.  Sophomore guard Derek Schmidt (Olean, NY/Olean) added 18 points, while Dagon finished with 11 points.