Pioneers upset Monroe on Buzzer Beater

Fran LantiguaFran Lantigua (Jamestown) hit a flying lay-up just before the horn rang as the Alfred State College men's basketball team upset #8 Monroe CC in a hard fought, back and forth battle, 68-67.  The win was the first for the Pioneers versus Monroe in Jusianiec's eight years at Alfred (19-games).  With the win the Pioneers improve to 16-8 (5-4 WNYAC) while the Tribunes fall to 21-6 (9-2 WNYAC).

With the game tied at 60-60 with just under two minutes remaining, Jonathan Moore hit a three-pointer to give Monroe the lead.  After Cerrone Jackson (Forrest Hills) hit one of two foul shots, Moore connected on a jumper to make it 65-61 with 1:01 remaining.  Jackson cut the lead back to two with a basket with 47 seconds remaining.  Monroe seemed to put the game away when Lionel Sullivan tipped in a missed shot with 13 seconds left to push the lead back to four.  ASC went right down the court and Dan Foley (Irondequoit) hit a three-pointer to make it to 67-66 with just over seven seconds remaining. 

After a timeout the Pioneers fouled right away and Monroe missed the first of an one-and-one opportunity.  Pat White (Warren, OH) got the rebound up to Dusty Marshall (Newfield) who got to the the three point line before spotting Lantigua running alone down the middle.  He connected with Lantigua who took the ball to the hoop where he was able to make the winning basket as he got fouled (the foul shot was not needed).

Marshall led A-State with 15 points and six assists on 7 for 9 shooting.  Lantigua added 12 points (all in the 2nd half), five boards, and three assists off the Pioneer bench.  Foley finished with 11 points (all in the 2nd half) and five assists, Travis Brannen (Elmira Free) chipped in 10 points, and White finished with nine points.

Moore, Tim Cokley, and Trevon Charles all finished with 12 points for the Tribunes while Lionel Sullivan chipped in 10.

Monroe led by eight points at halftime and 34-23 early on in the 2nd half.  At that point the Pioneers went on a 11-0 run to tie the game for the first time.  The game featured nine more ties before heading into the final two minutes.

Alfred State shot 51.9% (28 for 54) from the field including 65.4% (17 for 26) in the 2nd half.  They also shot 45.5% (5 for 11) from three and 63.6% (7 for 11) from the foul line.  Monroe shot 39.3% (24 for 61) from the field, 25% (5 for 20) from three, and 60.9% (14 for 23) from the foul line.  The Tribunes held a 39 to 30 advantage on the boards.

A-State will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to the Flickenger Center to take on Erie CC at 8 p.m.  The Kats are currently in the top spot of the WNYAC standings and #13 in the NJCAA Division II poll.