MARCY, N.Y. – The SUNY Poly men's basketball team beat Utica College on Tuesday 81-71. The Wildcats won the first half, taking a 36-49 lead into the locker room. The game was tight in the second with the two teams trading blows. A run by the Wildcats in the last six minutes of the game was the difference.
At the six-minute mark, the game was within one point before some sharpshooting by Redell Freeman (Rochester, N.Y.) gave the Cats' some breathing room. Freeman had a big steal and hit two back-to-back three pointers to extend the lead to seven. From there, the Wildcat's closed out the game with solid defense and efficient offense.
Redell Freeman finished with a game high 29 points, a game high eight assists, a game high three steals, and a rebound. His performance culminated in a Player of the Game selection.
Josh Gregory (Whitesboro, N.Y.) played a big part in the win for the Wildcats. Gregory recorded a double-double with 16 points and a game high 18 rebounds. Gregory's aggressive offensive attack got him to the free throw line seven times. He also had a game high three blocks and a steal.
Tyler Taverne (Westmoreland, N.Y.) had a solid game for the Wildcats. The senior knocked down five of seven shots for the Wildcats, recording 12 points, a block, and four rebounds.
Pioneer big man Ivan Iton led his team with 25 hard-fought points. The center wreaked havoc in the paint. He had five rebounds and two blocks.
The Wildcats will host Cazenovia College on Wednesday, November 29th. The game will be SUNY Poly's annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Game.