New Paltz Men’s Basketball Falls to Vassar, 77-72

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The SUNY New Paltz men’s basketball took on the Vassar Brewers Tuesday night in the Hudson Valley Shootout and fell to the hosts 77-72. New Paltz held a 60-51 with 7:14 to play, before Vassar’s men’s basketball team connected on three consecutive three-pointers to stay in the game and pull away with the win.
New Paltz was led by senior guard John Hauser (East Williston, NY/Chaminade East) with 17 points and junior guard Tony Cannon (Millbrook, NY/Millbrook) with 13 points along with freshman guard Phil Oliver (Poughkeepsie/Peekskill)with 13 points.
The Hawks (1-1)gave Vassar everything it could handle, and then some. New Paltz fought back from a 37-30 second half deficit to tie the game 44-44 with 10:37 remaining.
A 3-point basket by junior guard Jimmy Sugrue(Hastings-On-Hudson/Hastings) gave New Paltz its largest lead of the game,
57-51 with 7:58 to play before the Hawks extended that margin to 60-51 with their inside game. Vassar kept in the
game hitting the consecutive 3-pointers, stemming the tide that had clearly swung in New Paltz’ favor.
The Hawks will play Bard College at 6 p.m. Wednesday night in the consolation game before returning home to host SUNYAC rival Fredonia State on Friday Dec. 1st at 8 p.m.