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Shooting Clinic Propels Men’s Basketball over Roberts Wesleyan

By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sports Editor

#15, junior point guard Dillon Burns. Photo credit: Kimberly Toledo
#15, junior point guard Dillon Burns.
Photo credit: Kimberly Toledo

The men’s basketball team (9-9) clicked on all cylinders as they shot an impressive 54 percent from the field and 56 percent from beyond the arc in Saturday’s 82-69-victory over the Redhawks from Roberts Wesleyan College (7-9) in the East Coast Conference battle at the Voller Athletic Center in Rochester, N.Y.

Senior forward Tyuan Williams recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double in six contests. Junior guard Dillon Burns also had a 16-point outing along with five boards, three assists and two steals. Junior guard Akosa Maduegbunam chipped in with 14 points.

After holding a 14-12 edge midway through the opening stanza, the Pioneers went on an 11-1 run in a three-minute juncture to expand their lead to double digits at the 8:18 mark. Maduegbunam nailed three straight three-pointers to pave the way. However, the Redhawks responded with a run of their own. The hosts closed out the half on a 25-6 run to carry a 38-31 advantage into the locker room.

As the Redhawks built their lead up to 11, the Post squad found itself reeling. With the momentum hanging in the balance, the Green and Gold were able to find a way to climb back into the contest with a 17-2 outburst in a five-minute span to re-gain the lead, 62-60. Burns led the assault with a fast break lay-up, and back-to-back three-pointers.

With the score deadlocked at 62, the visitors pulled away with a 17-4 run. The streak was capped off with a trifecta by senior guard Isiah Stokley that sealed the victory for the Pioneers.

Head Coach Erik Smiles and the Pioneers return to action on Thursday, Jan. 29, when they kick off a critical four-game home stand at the Pratt Recreation Center against UDC. Tip-off is slated for 7.30 p.m.

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