Bengals defeat Cortland after squandering 21-point lead


Dave DeLuca/The Record

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

Jahvon Graham, Staff Writer

It took all hands on deck to hold off Cortland for the win on Friday. In a key SUNYAC game, five Bengals found themselves in double figures as the Bengals defeated Cortland, 78-70.

Jordan Glover was the team’s leading scorer with 19 points, all six of his field goals coming from behind the arc. Mike Henry was right behind him adding 15 points and 11 rebounds as well. It was an off shooting game for Nico McLean shooting only 4 for 14 from the field for 12 points. Dom Grayer came off the bench in his normal role and made 3 for 5 of his 3-pointers to add 10 points. Lovell Smith, the Bengals’ overall scoring leader of the season had an off night with just 11 points.

In a game that Buffalo State never trailed, this contest looked like it was going in end in blowout fashion when the Bengals found themselves up by 17 at halftime, 50-33. The lead quickly ballooned to 21 points early in the second half.

An inept shooting performance by the Bengals in the second half (29 percent) combined with a battle tested Cortland team made for an interesting finale. The comfortable 21 points lead the Bengals once had dwindled down to a mere 69-66 lead with well over five minutes to play in the ballgame. Luckily for the Bengals, that was as close as the score got.

Now sitting at 15-7 (9-7 SUNYAC) the Bengals are in position to make the playoffs. Their next game will be Saturday as they host Oswego in another SUNYAC showdown.

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