Smith nets 42 in loss to Oneonta


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The Bengals nearly blew a 21 point lead in the second half, but pulled it out to defeat Cortland.

Jahvon Graham, Staff Writer

It wasn’t the start to the final stretch of the season the Buffalo State Bengals wanted. A horrible shooting performance compiled with lackadaisical defense just handed Oneonta the game in the second half.

Not many teams win games when it allows the opposition to shoot 70 percent from the field. That is unheard of in basketball. Oneonta scored 66 points in the paint; there was no interior presence for the Bengals.

Up by as many as six points in the first half, the Bengals went into halftime tied at 44 and led by a 29-point half by guard Lovell Smith. Primed to try to steal a game on the road, the Bengals quickly folded in the second half. Oneonta went up by as 20 points before ultimately winning 103-85.

Smith ended the games with 42 points, shooting 69 percent from the field. He didn’t get much help with only two other players in double figures. Nico McLean added 14 points point on 33 percent shooting and Mike Henry had 10 points.

Now at 13-7 (7-7 SUNYAC) these last four games will decide the playoff bracket. The Bengals aim to host their first game of the playoffs, which requires them to be in the top three seeds.

The Bengals are on a back to back and play at New Paltz Saturday at 2 p.m.