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Brockport Lose in Triple OT, Bow Out of NCAAs

Golden Eagles drop 20-point lead to Morrisville
March Madness came way too early for Brockport's liking.

The Golden Eagles failed to hold on to a 20-point lead in the second half before losing to Morrisville in triple OT 83-80 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament. 

The loss ends an impressive season by the Golden Eagles who won the SUNYAC Tournament championship last Saturday. Their final record is 24-4.

Brockport led 36-18 at halftime and were up by 20 points when Clifton Lyerly converted a layup 27 seconds into the second half.

The Golden Eagles also led by 15 points with 7:06 left in the game. However, Morrisville ended regulation on a 23-8 run to tie it at 62 before the first overtime.

The Mustangs shot 62.5% (15-24) in the second half while Brockport shot 25% (8-32).

Both teams led in the first overtime session before Kucjok Ater drilled a 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining that tied the game at 69. Neither team scored after that, which led to a second OT.

In the second extra session, Morrisville led 75-74 with 1:40 to play, but Brandon Caruthers converted one of two free-throws, evening the game at 75.

Morrisville led the entire third overtime. Tom Wilk scored the game-clinching layup with 45 seconds remaining. The Golden Eagles had three chances at 3-pointers that would have tied or won the game in the 3rd OT, but could not convert any of them.

The Mustangs finished the night with five players in double figures. Jailaan Kinsey had a team-high 20 points. He also played 50 of a possible 55 minutes. Brockport's leading scorer was Clifton Lyerly who had 23 points. Brandon Caruthers of Rochester had 13 points.
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