DANBURY, CT – Juniors Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, CT), Rashard Rodriguez (Trumbull, CT) and sophomore Evan Curtin (Portland, CT) tallied 18, 14 and 12 points, respectively as the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team fell to visiting non-league foe SUNY Potsdam, 81-72, on Thursday evening at The O'Neill Center's Feldman Arena. The visiting Bears trailed most of the contest but finished with a 15-2 surge to stun the Colonials.
Sophomore guard Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, NY) paced Potsdam with a game-high 19 points, while junior Nosa Onabor (Brooklyn, NY) added 14. Junior Dante Langley (Schuylerville, NY) and rookie Dante Viskovich (Massena, NY) each chipped in with 13.
The Bears shot 12-for-32 (37.5%) from three-point range while the Colonials went 8-for-28 (28.6%). The visitors also held an edge in the free throw column, knocking down 21 from the stripe, while WestConn sank just 10. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 5-5 overall, while Potsdam improved to 5-5.
The visitors started the game with a 14-5 spurt capped with a trifecta from Onabor less than five minutes into the first half. The hosts chipped away at the deficit to eventually capture a 23-21 lead on an offensive putback from junior forward Jordan Grant (Norwich, CT). WestConn would hold a 37-31 advantage at the break.
They would maintain a slight edge throughout much of the second half until Delsol-Lowry and Onabor combined for three straight daggers from downtown during the late surge, giving the Bears a 76-70 lead with 3:51 remaining. They would hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
"They simply outplayed us in the second half," said WestConn head coach Jason Harlow following the tough loss. "They deserved to win. It came down to getting stops and they got more than us in the end," he added.
The Colonials return to action when they meet visiting Muhlenberg on Wednesday at 7 p.m.