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Brockport basketball parts ways with seniors

By Jordan Hogan
On February 26, 2013

  • Following its 2012-13 season, the Brockport men’s basketball team will lose seniors Derek Klein and Jordan Major (15). Stepping up to fill their shoes next season, however, will be Lance Legister (23) and Brandon Caruthers (22). File photo, fall 2012

For the second year in a row, the Brockport men's basketball team's season was ended by the Oswego Lakers in the annual SUNYAC tournament. The Golden Eagles finished their season with an overall record of 15-11 and a conference record of 10-8. Moving forward, Brockport will be starting next season without the leadership of two seniors: team captain Derek Klein and Jordan Major.

"Playing for the team this year was amazing," Klein said. "It will definitely be a year I won't forget."

Before the season began, Klein said this year's team would be very fun to watch on the court. The team averaged 79 points per game, which included five games in which the team scored more than 90 points.  Brockport's opponents averaged 75 points per contest against the Eagles.

One of the many positive areas this year's team will be known for was its perimeter shooting. The team attempted 686 3-point field goals and shot 35 percent from that range and averaged nine per game. Brockport out-shot its opponents this season by more than 250 shots and 686 to 434 in 3-point field goals.

Going into the season, size was thought to be a problem for the undersized roster the Golden Eagles had. However, height didn't seem to be as much of a factor as anticipated. Brockport averaged 35 rebounds per contest on the season, while its opponents average 41. 

Over the past few years the men's basketball program has won consistently, finishing above .500 for the past four seasons. The 2008-09 season was the last season the basketball program did not finish with a .500 record or better at 14-15.

"The basketball program is definitly heading in a positive direction," Klein said. "Each year we get great talent and hard workers, which leads to success."

Many players came up big for the Eagles this year, one being junior John Ivy, who had to fill the scoring void left by Gerald Williams and Kyheen Green from the previous year. Ivy led the way for the team, averaging 20 points per contest, including four 30-point games. Ivy was also named male SUNYAC player of the week on multiple occasions.

Transfers Brandon Caruthers and Bobby Bell were both threats on the offensive ends of the floor, with Caruthers averaging 14 points per contest and Bell averaging nine.  Major was the team's most potent shooter from beyond the arc, shooting 37 percent from the perimeter. Sophomore Lance Legister was always a spark off of the bench, averaging 10 points per contest.

Not to be left out, first-year starter sophomore Matt Lee had a year to remember. After being put into the starting lineup following an injury to the starting center Osusola Adeniran, Lee averaged eight points per game along with six rebounds over the season. Transfer Mike Gallagher, who substituted for Lee during the season, also provided a physical presence for the team off the bench.

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