Men’s Hoops Falls to Nationally-Ranked Buffalo State
December 16, 2011
BUFFALO, NY — Freshmen Anthony Ordonez (Port Chester, NY/Port Chester) and Tyler Hixson (Shortsville, NY/Red Jacket) each scored a career-high 15 points, but the Keuka College men’s basketball team fell at nationally-ranked Buffalo State 108-78 Friday night in the first round of the Coles Classic at the Sports Arena.
Freshman Roderick Epps and Maurice Miles combined to score 35 points to lead No. 21 Buffalo State (7-1). In the earlier game, Capital (Ohio) University (5-4) dropped Morrisville State (3-6), 77-70.
Epps scored a game-high 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting, while Miles shot 6 of 9 for 15 points. Jake Simmons added 16 of his 17 points before intermission for the Bengals, who advanced into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament last year.
Freshman Coty Paige (Rochester, NY/Greece Arcadia) added 14 points and nine rebounds, and junior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) had 10 points and eight boards for Keuka, which trailed 55-37 at the half.
Ordonez shot 7-for-11, Hixson was 6-for-10 and Paige was 5-for-10 for the Storm, which shot 41-percent from the floor and hit 23-of-27 from the free-throw line. The Bengals were 15-of-25 from the line.
In the first game, Tim Congrove netted a game-high 21 points off the bench to lift Capital to the victory. Michael Sommer added 18 points and five assists, and Kelly Winter had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Crusaders. Mickey Davis and Brandon Hanks each tallied 18 points to lead Morrisville.
Buffalo State will face Capital at 4 p.m. today in the championship game. Keuka and Morrisville State will meet in the consolation game at 2 p.m. Morrisville State handed the Storm a 66-59 road setback on Dec. 7.