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.