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Wichard Scores 1,000th Career Point; Hawks Succumb to Brockport, 80-61

Mike Epstein, Sports Information Contributing Writer

2/11/2011 11:59:25 PM

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – Junior guard Harris Wichard (Merrick, N.Y.) became the 14th player in the history of the State University of New York at New Paltz men’s basketball program to score 1,000 career points, doing so in the Hawks’ (11-10, 7-8 SUNYAC) 80-61 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) setback against The College at Brockport (12-7, 10-4 SUNYAC) Friday evening in the Hawk Center.

Wichard made the first of a pair of free throws with 3:07 to go in regulation, which gave him his 16th point on the night and his 1,000 of his career. He ended the evening with 17 points and now sits at 1,001 career points.

The Hawks struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from the field, with three of those seven coming from behind the arc. Brockport jumped out to an early lead, as a Gerald Williams jumper put the Golden Eagles ahead 23-12 with 9:43 remaining in the first half.

The Brockport advantage reached 17 (33-16) when Zach McTigue scored on a layup with 3:54 remaining in the half. The Hawks would battle back, and two free throws from freshman guard Lamard Herron (Westbury, N.Y.) would close the gap to 12 at 33-21 with 2:36 left in the period. Brockport would go into the half leading 36-21.

After dominating early in the second half and being up by as many as 14 (48-34), Brockport’s lead started to slip, as the blue and orange made their run. Junior guard Shereef Taylor (Hyde Park, N.Y.), sophomore guard Nick Taldi (Merrick, N.Y.) and Wichard helped close the deficit to seven (52-45) with 12:00 remaining. Taldi and Wichard provided long-range threes to help cut into the Golden Eagles’ cushion.

The New Paltz surge would eventually diminish the lead to four, as another Wichard three made the score 54-50 with 8:56 remaining. Brockport would eventually go on a 27-10 run to close the half and seal the outcome at 81-60.

Wichard led the Hawks in scoring with 17 points while shooting an efficient 50 percent from the field, followed by Taylor and Taldi, who scored 16 and 13 points, respectively. Taldi and Wichard each connected on three three-pointers.

Brockport received a balance scoring attack, as Gerald Williams and Zack Mc Tigue both had 14 points and five players scored at least 10 points.

The Hawks’ poor shooting (40.8 percent for the game) and 18 turnovers were a big reason for their stagnant offense, while Brockport was aided by its advantage on the glass (36-28).

At halftime of Friday evening’s SUNYAC men’s basketball clash, the New Paltz Department of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation honored the 2010 SUNYAC champion New Paltz women’s tennis team in a trophy presentation ceremony.

New Paltz looks to rebound in its last home game of the regular season tomorrow afternoon, as the Hawks face SUNY Geneseo at the Hawk Center at 4 p.m. in a conference contest. Prior to the start of the game, the team will honor its one senior, Peter Carmel.

 

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