To begin the 2011-2012 regular season, the C.W. Post men’s basketball team came out with a victory, defeating the Saint Anselm College Hawks by a score of 104-99. In the Pioneers’ following game the very next day, they showed no problems with the lack of rest, beating the College of Saint Rose in convincing style, 97-83. These first two games played were hosted in Albany for the Saint Rose Tip-Off Tournament.
In the first game of the year, junior guard Tobin Carberry led the Pioneers in scoring with 22 points on an efficient 8-12 shooting from the field. Carberry wasn’t the only scorer for the Pioneers, as sophomore forward Vaughn Allen scored 21 points, and pre-season All-American senior guard Stefan Bonneau scored 20 points to go along with five rebounds and six assists.
In the game, depth off the bench was shown as sophomore forward Amir Tarif finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In addition, graduate guard Vince Rosario contributed with 10 points off the bench in 26 minutes of action. An exciting performance was displayed by freshman forward Charles McCann as he scored eight points, secured seven rebounds, and swatted five blocks to provide some toughness inside for the Pioneers.
With 3:20 left in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers seemingly had the game in hand as they led 100-86 at the time. However, the Hawks would go on a 13-1 run and close the gap to within two points with 20 seconds left. The Pioneers ended up shutting the door and winning their first game of the season in a high-scoring affair.
In the Pioneers’ subsequent game the very next day, they took on the hosts of the Saint Rose Tip-Off Tournament: the College of Saint Rose. The Pioneers would end up winning by a final score of 97-83, led by an outstanding game by Carberry. He notched a career-high 37 points on 14-23 shooting from the floor and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Bonneau dropped 22 points to space out the floor well for the Pioneers in the win.
The Pioneers will look to continue their fast start to the season in their next game on the road against Chestnut Hill College (3-1) on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7 p.m.