PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team did a lot of good things against the No. 3-ranked team in the country Sunday afternoon.
Taking care of the basketball, however, wasn’t one of them.
The Cougars (2-1) ended up dropping a 76-65 decision to Herkimer County Community College.
“Turnovers killed us,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “We had 26 turnovers, including 15 in the first half. And a lot of them were unforced. That ended up costing us the game.
“They’re ranked No. 3 in the nation and are very good. We knew we were going to find something out about ourselves early on in the schedule. We were competitive and can be a pretty good team.
“We played hard today. The guys, despite the turnovers, never put their heads down. We just have to take better care of the basketball.”
Five players ended up in double figures for the Generals, led by Wendall Williams with 21 points. He was followed by RaShawn Collins with 15, Enson Garcia 14 and both Julio Galay and Jonathan Feiler with 11.
Leading the way for the Cougars were Bayron Carter with 22 points and seven rebounds, and Kyree Hull with 19 points and seven boards.
Mykelle Krecko added 11 points and 16 rebounds, while Jamie Davison finished with 11 points and six assists.
Herkimer held a 42-34 lead at the half.
“With four minutes to go in the first half, we held a 31-27 lead,” Daugherty said. “But then we had a flurry of turnovers and didn’t score the rest of the half.
“In the second half, we got it down to four points with under five minutes remaining, but had a repeat of the turnovers.”
The Cougars remain home for weekend games against Finger Lakes Community College on Saturday and Corning Community College on Sunday.
Herkimer 76, Clinton 65
Galay 4-3-11, Reese 0-0-0, Collins 4-3-15, Williams 10-0-21, Hunter 0-0-0, Garcia 4-5-14, Foden 0-4-4, Feiler 5-0-11, Vouliakis 0-0-0. Totals: 27-15-72.
Davison 4-0-11, Ortiz 0-0-0, Carter 8-3-22, Hull 8-0-19, Holmes 0-0-0, Shaughnessy 0-0-0, Krecko 4-3-11, Ryan 1-0-2. Totals: 25-6-65.
3-point goals: Herkimer (7): Collins 4; Williams; Garcia; Feiler. Clinton (9): Davison 3; Carter 3; Hull 3.
Halftime: Herkimer, 42-34.