Bison notch key league wins over Boston, Army

Michael Caruso, Staff Writer

The Bison men’s basketball team moved to 10-1 in the Patriot League with wins against Boston University and Army West Point. Stephen Brown ’18 delivered another stellar performance in an impressive 91-79 win over Boston University on Jan. 28. Brown contributed 21 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals in the eighth-straight win for the Orange and Blue.

Meanwhile, Zach Thomas ’18 totaled 18 points, while Nana Foulland ’18 accounted for fifteen. Thomas moved to the eleventh spot on the all-time Bison scoring list and Foulland moved to fifth.

The Orange and Blue came out strong from the opening tip, but Boston proved they were not going down easy, leading 16-10 seven minutes into the first half. However, the Bison went on a quick 10-0 run sparked by Kimbal Mackenzie ’19 to crush the Terriers’ momentum.

With good shot selection throughout the first half, the Bison went 44-32 on 53.3 percent shooting. Boston could not find an answer for the fast-paced tempo of the Bison. The Orange and Blue dominated the stat sheet with 46 points in the paint.

Foulland struggled with foul trouble, but Nate Sestina ’19 and Paul Newman ’21 provided pivotal minutes coming off the bench for the Bison. Sestina tallied eight points, four rebounds, and one block while Newman recorded his first career field goal make and two rebounds through just six minutes of play. With so much depth on the team, the “next man up” mentality is not only important but expected.

“It’s the confidence and trust my teammates have in me to go out and do what we do every day in practice and transfer it to the game,” Sestina said. “Trying to slow the game down as it’s happening has been a focal point of mine this season in order to help me play up [to] the level I am needed to.”

As usual, the Orange and Blue were dominant defensively, holding the Terriers to just 45.7 percent shooting, which helped bring the lead to 23 at one point in the second half.

On Jan. 31, the Orange and Blue took on Army’s high-powered offense and pulled out an overtime 83-71 victory, giving Head Coach Nathan Davis his 200th career win. The Bison rallied from 19 down in the first half to cut the deficit to ten at halftime and tie the game at 68 at the end of regulation. Mackenzie completed a four-point play midway through the extra period to seal the victory for the Orange and Blue. They improve to a commanding 10-1 in the Patriot League and have won 12 of their last 13.

The team returns to action on Feb. 3 when they host Lafayette at 7pm.

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