DELHI, N.Y. (November 18, 2018) – After coming up short in a high-scoring contest Saturday, the SUNY Delhi men's basketball team kept up the intensity on Sunday afternoon, which translated to a 76-63 win over Bryant & Stratton Syracuse. Newcomer Justin Daoud endeared himself to the Broncos fans with a game-high 24 points and 16 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Head coach Zack Thomsen's team improved to 1-1.
Payton Dean joined Daoud in the double-double category with 10 points and 12 boards, as both their efforts led Delhi to a 50-39 advantage in rebounds in what was otherwise an evenly-matched game on the stat sheet. Coach Thomsen's team made 40.3 percent from the field (27-for-67), with Daoud making five of the team's 3-pointers for a 7-for-29 showing from long range, while the Bobcats shot 39.6 percent (21-for-53) and 6-of-16, respectively. Both sides made 15 free throws, with Delhi faring 15-of-24 and B&S 15-of-27. Delhi held another significant advantage when they forced the visitors into 27 turnovers for a 36-19 lead in points off turnovers.
The first half entailed both sides' battle for the lead, consisting of three lead changes and three ties. The last tie came when B&S used a three to knot things up at 20-20 with 11:28 to go in the half. Donavyn Perrin responded for Delhi with a 3-pointer of his own to give the Broncos the lead for good with 10:50 left before halftime. The team then built its lead to as many as 15 points before the end of the half as they led, 44-30, at intermission.
Thomsen's squad continued on to stretch their lead to as much as 17 points in the second half before the Bobcats tightened their lead to within five points at 65-60 with 4:45 to go in the game. With the exception of a free throw and layup, Delhi's defense stifled B&S as the Broncos ended the game on an 11-3 run.
Jordan Fragale connected for 15 points with seven assists, while Mavenson Therneus came off the bench to net eight points and grab seven rebounds. Carlos Ithier had five points while totaling six assists and three steals, with Norman Wilson and Perrin each tallying five points. William Knight had four points to go with three steals.
The Broncos have one more test before Thanksgiving break, traveling down for a matchup with sister school SUNY New Paltz on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.