2nd Half Run Lifts Saints over Pioneers

Mercyhurst North East used a 24 to 5 run in the 2nd half to break open a tight contest en route to a 81-68 victory over Alfred State in the WNYAC opener for both teams.  MNE is now 7-7 (1-0 WNYAC) on the year while Alfred is 5-6 (0-1 WNYAC).

The Saints held a 33-26 lead at half but the Pioneers scored the first seven points of the half to tie it. A few moments later, MNE led 38-37 before they went on the game-deciding run.

Soutiri Sapnas led the Saints with 20 points (5 for 9 from three).  Damon Jones added 15 poings and five assists, and Deandrye Henderson chipped in 12.  MNE shot 73.1% from the field in the 2nd half and was 4 for 6 from three-point land.

Marquis Chatman (Allen, TX) led the blue & gold with 16 points while Cristian Santana (Harlem Village Academy) had a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards.  Jamar White (Laurel, MD) finished with 14 points, six assists, and six assists while Tommy Hutson (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) finished with 11.

The Pioneers shot 42.4% from the field for the day but was just 4 for 18 (22%) from three.  They also hit just 14 of 26 foul shots.

Alfred heads to the Herkimer CCC Tournament this weekend.  They take on the host team at 4 p.m. on Saturday.