January 26, 2009


Victory eludes Dragons

A chance for a comeback victory celebration was snatched away from SUNY Cortland men.
Anthony Trautman’s layup with just over six seconds remaining enabled Lebanon Valley to pull out a 69-68 victory over the host Red Dragons in this Sunday afternoon non-conference basketball matinee at Corey Gymnasium.
The Red Dragons overcame a 12-point second half deficit behind senior Carson Niehoff and freshman Brian Manning before falling a point shy. Niehoff scored 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, while, all 10 career-high points scored off the bench by rookie Manning came after intermission.
Niehoff tied the game at 65-65 with a 3-pointer with 1:58 left to play and swished another trey with 38 seconds remaining to put the Red Dragons ahead for the first time since midway through the opening half.
Lebanon Valley senior Kyle Enouch, who hit 6-of-7 shots from 3-point range while leading all scorers with 32 points, converted a layup with 17 seconds remaining to get the visitors within 68-67. Five seconds later, Red Dragon Will Coston was fouled and then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw opportunity.
Lebanon Valley raced down court and Joe Meehan fed Trautman for the go-ahead layup, Meehan’s sixth assist of the contest. Cortland had a chance for the win, but after a timeout a short bank shot taken by Juan Miolan from the right side bounced off the rim as the buzzer blared.
Cortland, coming off a SUNY Athletic Conference win over Fredonia Friday in this same Corey Gymnasium court, falls to 6-9 on the season. The visiting Dutchmen headed home with an 8-9 record.
While Niehoff and Manning provided the second half scoring spark, senior guard Miolan finished with career bests of seven assists and four steals. Junior Coston matched his career high with six assists.
Cortland opened the game with a 16-6 run, but the guests scored 22 of the next 26 points and led 28-20 with 6:50 left. Enoch scored 11 of his 15 first-half points, including three treys, during that stretch. Cortland fought back to tie the game at 30-30 on a Ron Evans 3-pointer, but baskets by Trautman and Enoch gave Lebanon Valley a 34-30 lead at the break.
The Dutchmen scored the first eight points of the second half and led 44-32 with 16:15 left. The Red Dragons slowly whittled down their deficit before finally tying the game on the Niehoff 3-pointer with under two minutes left.
Lebanon Valley shot 64 percent from the field in the second half and 53 percent for the game. The Dutchmen connected on 7-of-10 three-pointers. Cortland made 52 percent of its shots in the second half and 49 percent for the contest.
Cortland teams return to SUNYAC play on Tuesday, with Brockport visiting Corey Gymnasium. The women’s game starts off that twin bill at 6 p.m.