Men’s and Women’s Basketball Triumph

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UPDATE, MARCH 10, 2020:

The men’s and women’s basketball teams–surrounded by students, faculty, family, friends, and other community members–watched live in Seelig Theater today as the NJCAA announced the bracket for the DII National Championships.

“For those who weren’t aware,” announced SUNY Sullivan Athletic Director Chris Depew, “SUNY Sullivan is the only DII college in the nation sending both its men’s and women’s teams to National Championships!”

Both teams will be departing campus on Sunday, with the women heading to Port Huron, Michigan, and the men to Danville, Illinois.

The women, seeded 8th of 16 in their bracket, will face CCBC Essex in Game 6 of the Championship on Tuesday, March 17th, at 8pm ET.

The men, seeded 4th of 16 in their bracket, will face Lakeland in Game 1 of the Championship on Tuesday, March 17th, at 10am ET.

In a historic weekend for SUNY Sullivan’s basketball program, both teams emerged unscathed from the 2019-20 NJCAA Region XV DII Basketball Tournament. The wins mean play returns to the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse this weekend, as both teams set their sights on a national tournament bid.

The women’s team beat Orange CC, 90-37 to win the 2020 NJCAA DII Region XV Championship. The Lady Generals move to 27-2 on the year and improve their win streak to 22 straight. Sullivan came out on a mission to win the game, with the Lady Generals shooting 42% from the floor and 31% from three, hitting 11 total. On defense Sullivan had 30 team steals and pressured the Lady Colts into 48 turnovers; Sullivan held Orange to 23% from the field and 0% from beyond the arc. The Lady Generals had three go for 20+ points, one have 20+ rebounds, and one have 10+ steals.

Adrienne Graves (Tournament MVP) had a dominate double-double with 21 points, 21 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks. Infinity Hammonds led all scoring with 27 points, hitting 6 threes to go along with 6 assists, and 4 steals. Heather Caroccia added another 20 points to the mix and had 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Kanayah Britt (All-Tournament Team) was a defensive nightmare grabbing 5 steals; Britt added 1 assists, 3 points, and 3 rebounds on the offensive side. Other Lady General scoring came from A.Buchanan (6); J.Curry; K.Britt (4); B.Avery (2); and J.Kelly (2).

[Women’s recap by Simon Clement, via SullivanGenerals.com]

For the men, the weekend ended with their second consecutive NJCAA DII Region XV Championship, when they downed the #2 Orange CC Colts, 77-66. The Sullivan Generals are ranked #2 in the country with an overall record of 26-2 after the weekend.

I’m very happy for our team,” said head coach Brent Wilson. “They have stayed the course all year and bought in. Everyone has put the team first and embraced their individual roles. This has helped us to a 26-2 record as well as winning the Mid-Hudson Conference & Region XV Championships.”

Sullivan was in for a battle from the jump with Orange delivering the first blow and remaining on top throughout the first half, though they went into halftime down, 38-37. The second half would be an uphill fight for the Generals but their adjustments ultimately proved effective in the long run, getting the win 77-66. The Generals shot 55% from the field and 33% from three. Three separate Generals finished with 15+ points for the game.

Darius Lee (Tournament MVP) made 11 of his 14 shots (79%) to finish with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Kendall Robinson (All-Tournament Team) had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. Jasiah Lewis (All-Tournament Team) ended with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Khayri Dawson chipped in with 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 point. Other scoring came from J.Drain (7); J.Reneau (6); and J.Galloway (2).

[Men’s recap by Simon Clement, via SullivanGenerals.com]

As the team moves closer to a shot at the national championship, Wilson expressed his hope that “the local community and student body can help us this weekend like they did this past weekend and all season!”