DELHI, N.Y. (November 23, 2019) – The SUNY Delhi men's basketball team survived a late Centenary rally Saturday evening to take a slim 96-95 home victory over the Cyclones to improve to 4-2. After an electric first half and holding double-digit leads for most of the game, Centenary provided a late scare that ultimately came down to a Jordan Fragale free throw with 16 seconds remaining.
The Broncos led by as much as 18 points in the first half to take a 53-38 halftime lead. Though Delhi continued its push in the second half, the Cyclones came storming back with just minutes to play. Delhi led, 87-76, with 6:30 to go before Centenary closed the gap to make it a one-possession game on several occasions. The visitors broke through to tie it up at 95-95 on a layup with 47 seconds remaining. On the Broncos' last possession, they gathered a pair of offensive rebounds after missed shots, leading to Jordan Fragale being sent to the foul line with 16 seconds to play. He missed his first, but made his second for the slim one-point lead. The Cyclones had several attempts, as well, on their last chance, culminating on an inbounds play with 0.4 seconds remaining, where Chris Labelle's quick release underneath the basket fell short of the mark.
Norman Wilson posted a team-high 22 points, making 5-of-7 3-pointers, which were all made in the first half for 18 first-half points. Mavenson Therneus scored 21 points off the bench, going a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc and 8-of-12 on field goals. William Knight made a perfect 5-for-5 from long range for 15 points, adding five assists, as Justin Daoud connected for ten points and making a pair of threes. Payton Dean finished with four points and a team-high seven boards.
Delhi overwhelmed Centenary from behind the arc, making 17-of-29 to the guests' 3-of-17. But the inside scoring proved to be the main battle, with the Broncos making 46.1 percent (35-for-76) to Centenary's 48.6 percent (34-for-70). The Cyclones also made 24-of-37 free throws as Delhi made 9-of-17. Centenary also led, 49-36, in rebounds, and produced a 58-28 lead in points in the paint.
Saturday's victory carried a very similar storyline to last season's matchup at Centenary, which came down to the final possession as the Cyclones won, 78-76.
Head coach Zack Thomsen's men welcome Castleton on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. pre-Thanksgiving matchup.