POTSDAM, N.Y. – Green Mountain College was upended 84-57 in the opening game of the North Country Invitational Tournament by SUNY Potsdam on Friday night at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium.
It was a game marred with turnovers, offensive fouls, and wild shots early until both teams found more consistency on the offensive end. Both teams struggled mightily from the charity stripe as well.
The host Bears streaked out to an 8-0 lead early on the strength of a pair of 3-pointers by Nosa Onabor. Green Mountain (1-1) answered right back with seven-straight points of their own capped off by a De Shaun Carr (Moreno Valley, Calif.) layup three and a half minutes into the opening period.
Potsdam (1-0) built up its first half lead to as many as 16 in the late stages on a layup by Tyreke Guthrie and took a commanding 36-22 lead into the break.
Turnovers continued to plague the Eagles early in the second half, but the team was able to keep the deficit at 17 after a pair of made free throws by Tyrell Johnson (Bronx, N.Y.) midway through the second half.
Potsdam followed that up with a 12-2 run to extend its lead to 63-36 just over two minutes later and cruised to victory.
Green Mountain was led by Duane Goodman (Charlotte, N.C.) who scored a team-high 11 points. Sean Leflore (Moreno Valley, Calif.) contributed nine points and five boards while Ashaunti Dillon (Detroit, Mich.) popped off the bench for his first collegiate points scoring eight while adding a team-high seven rebounds. Tyrone Marigney (Henderson, Nev.), Oluwadare Sowunmi (Harlem, N.Y.) and Tyrone Tonkin (Melbourne, Australia) all collected their first collegiate points in the loss as well.
Green Mountain suffered through 25 turnovers in the game, but did manage to edge the host Bears on the glass, outrebounding them by a 47-45 margin.
The Eagles will play in the consolation final of the tournament against Clarkson tomorrow at 1 p.m.