UTICA — The North Country Community College Saints should have a good appetite for the Thanksgiving Day meal.
The Saints, rebounding from their first loss of the season, defeated Mohawk Valley Community College 86-79 to wrap up the pre-holiday men’s basketball schedule.
“We wanted to leave the weekend with a split and go home for Thanksgiving 6-1. This way the turkey should taste pretty good,” joked NCCC Coach Chad LaDue.
“It would have been nice to go unbeaten, but any time you can go on the road to Herkimer and Mohawk and come away with a split you have to be pretty happy.”
The Herkimer Generals pinned an 88-70 loss on the Saints on Saturday.
A determined NCCC club led Sunday’s game from start to finish, opening a 40-29 lead by halftime and then holding Mohawk Valley safe the second half.
“We shared the ball extremely well today,” LaDue pointed out. “Steve Carder (28 points, 12 rebounds) played very well and Jared Heden hit five 3’s for us.
“We had guys step up. Steven Poulter (8 of his 13 points) in the first half and Brody Douglass (10 of 12 in the second half) who dealt with a little foul trouble, but helped to take over the game down the stretch.”
Heden finished with 23 points, giving the Saints two with 20 or more on the day. He joined Michael Boyea with five assists.
Alexshay Pearce tallied 21 points to lead Mohawk Valley (4-3).
North Country returns to action a week from Tuesday against Jefferson Community College in Watertown.
North Country 86, Mohawk Valley 79
North Country CC (86)
Boyea 1-2-4, Douglass 5-2-12, Poulter 3-4-13, Heden 7-4-23, Carder 10-8-28, Henderson 2-0-6, Mills 0-0-0, Grcic 0-0-0, Patraw 0-0-0. Totals 28-20-86.
Mohawk Valley (79)
Brown 2-1-5, Pierre-Louis 3-2-8, Pinnock 3-5-11, Martinez 1-2-4, Pearce 7-1-21, Harley 3-2-10, Quarles 1-0-2, Williams 0-0-0, Campbell 2-2-6, Barlow 1-0-2, Burton 1-0-2, Lewis 2-4-8. Totals 26-19-79.
Halftime: NCCC, 40-29
3-point goals: NCCC (10) Poulter 3, Heden 5, Henderson 2. MVCC (8) Pearce 6, Harley 2.
Maine, Augusta 88
Paul Smith’s 76
AUGUSTA, Me. — The University of Maine, Augusta took advantage of Paul Smith’s College’s sluggish start to open an early lead and then went on to defeat the Bobcats 88-76 in men’s basketball Saturday night.
Paul Smith’s fell behind by 23 in the first half before adjusting to the UMA press. The Bobcats went on a 14-2 run to end the half and cut the margin to 49-38 at the break.
The visitors maintained that momentum early in the second half and three times closed to within two points of UMA. However, the Bobcats’ aggressive play after intermission eventually caught up to them with UMA picking up 22 points from the free-throw line. For the game, UMA was 20 of 26 from the line.
“Our early poor play put us in too deep of a hole to overcome, but the team played hard the entire time after the slow start,” Paul Smith’s Coach Joe Akey said.
“We had our chances when it was a 2-point game, but the team needs to learn how to take over at that point and right now, we are not there.”
Shiva Sentil led Paul Smith’s (2-5, 2-3 Yankee Conference) with 27 points, five assists and five steals. Devon Carr chipped in with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals while Adam Klock added 13 points, five rebounds and two steals.
Andrew Pullen, with 27 points and 11 rebounds, led UMA while Keith Chesley contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds and Walker Cooper, 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Paul Smith’s College (76)
Medina 3-0-6, Wightman 3-0-6, Hapgood 0-0-0, Carr 9-1-20, Odell 0-0-0, Senthil 10-0-27, Klock 6-0-13, Poltorak 0-0-0, McCuin 1-2-4, Total 32-3-76
Univ. of Maine, Augusta (88)
Pullen 9-7-27, Cooper 6-1-14, Chesley 7-7-21, Cochran 0-0-0, Stephen 3-0-6, Faulkner 4-0-9, Alley 1-0-2, Mitchell 0-0-0, Nguyen 2-5-9 Total 32-20-88
Halftime: UMA, 49-38.
3-Point goals: PSC (9) Senthil 7, Klock, Carr; UMA (4) Pullen 2, Cooper, Faulkner.
Mohawk Valley 84
North Country 39
UTICA — The Saints were no match Sunday for the Hawks, but they have plenty of company.
Mohawk Valley has reeled off six wins without a loss and the smallest margin of victory has been 28 points. North Country’s 45-point differential isn’t even the most onesided. The Hawks pounded Cayuga CC by 56 and won four more contests by 36 or more points.
“Mohawk Valley is a very good team — very talented and athletic,” NCCC Coach Jerrad Dumont said.
“I was a little disappointed today because I thought that our team came out scared and intimidated. However, after we got settled in, I thought that Veronica Uras played very well and really showed a lot of toughness for us.”
Uras led the Saints with 10 points.
Mohawk Valley 84, North Country 39
Mohawk Valley CC (84)
Brown 3-2-9, Brooks 5-2-14, Ray 3-3-11, Way 6-0-17, Walker 1-1-3, Jones 1-0-2, Haewood 1-1-3, Moses 0-0-0, Thomas 0-2-2, Giles 1-4-6, Suarez 0-0-0, Murphy 8-0-17, Hafeez 0-0-0. Totals 29-15-84.
North Country CC (39)
Uras 3-2-10, Keitt 1-0-2, Jock 0-0-0, Kezar 2-0-6, Demarais 0-2-2, Gary 0-2-2, Branton 1-0-2, Gausby 1-5-8, Lapage 2-1-5, Kyles 1-0-2. Totals 11-12-39.
Halftime: Mohawk Valley, 48-22.
3-point goals: NCCC (5) Uras 2, Kezar 2, Gausby. MVCC (11) Brown, Brooks 2, Ray 2, Way 5, Murphy.