Basketball (M)

Ben Vozzola, who is currently averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds thru two games this season for the Patriots.Ben Vozzola, who is currently averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds thru two games this season for the Patriots.

Men's Basketball off to slow start

     Head Coach Matt Taylor knew coming into this season that it would be a tough transition in his first year as head coach of the men’s basketball program. Taylor may not have expected that his team would be 0-2 to start the season, but after a 102-99 loss at Indiana University Southeast and a 102-88 loss to Bryan (Tenn.) the Patriots sit at 0-2.

Indiana University Southeast

     In their first game the Patriots would take on IU Southeast (2-1). The Patriots entered this game 0-4 over the last two years against the Grenadiers. Unfortunately for the Patriots, the trend would continue after a 102-99 loss to the Grenadiers. The Patriots were unable to take advantage of five players who notched double figures, they were led by Ben Vozzola (Las Vegas, Nev.) who tallied 29 points and 18 boards.

     The Patriots had the Grenadiers doubled up at 12-6 with 15:43 remaining, but the Grenadiers battled back with a 16-5 run to take a five point lead at 22-17 with 10:13 left in the half. The Grenadiers continued to push as they took their largest lead of the game at 39-32 with 4:55 left. The Patriots ended the half on a high note as they tied the game at 51-51 heading into intermission.

     The Patriots came out of halftime firing as they took their largest lead of the game at 83-75 with 9:18 left. The Grenadiers fought back to take the lead at 92-91, but the Patriots took the lead right back when Ben Vozzola netted a jump shot. The two teams continued to battle as the Grenadiers took the 102-99 lead. The Patriots had a chance to tie the game when Lorenzo Dewberry (Detroit, Mich.) took the three, but the shot didn’t fall.

Bryan College

     The Patriots had little time to lick their wounds as they had to travel to the “Volunteer State” to take on Bryan College. The Patriots again had five players’ notch double figures led by Ben Vozzola and Lorenzo Dewberry who recorded 21 and 20 points respectively, but the Patriots were unable to stop Brandon Cole who tallied half of the Lions’ points (51) in the 102-86 loss.

     The Patriots got behind early as they trailed the Lions 14-3 less than five minutes into the game. The Lions continued to push the gas as they pushed their lead to 29-16 with 9:37 left in the half. The Patriots would go into halftime down four after trailing by as many as 13 in the opening half.

     In the second half the Patriots were able to pull within one at 73-72 with 9:32 left. The Patriots were unable to get their offense going enough to take the lead in the second half as they fell to the Lions 102-86.

Morehead State University

     The Patriots then took on NCAA D-1 Morehead State University in an exhibition game that wouldn’t count against the Patriots record.

     The Patriots hung around with the Eagles in the opening minutes as they trailed 19-15. The Eagles then embarked on a 28-8 run over the final 9:15 to take a 24 point lead into halftime.

     The Patriots would battle back in the second half as they cut the lead to 14 at 56-42 on a Lorenzo Dewberry three. The Eagles then answered with an 11-0 run that would put the Patriots away for good as they fell to the Eagles 80-61.

     The Patriots will look to notch their first win of the season this weekend when they travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. to compete in the FWO/Orthopedic Hospital Tournament at the University of Saint Francis. The Patriots will take on Davenport University tonight at 6 PM in their first game. Depending on how that game goes the Patriots will take on either Weber International University or Saint Francis tomorrow.
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