Hartford, Conn. – Lamard Herron scored a game-high 29 points to lead the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons to a 72-63 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams on the second day of the Cortaca Men's Basketball Classic this afternoon at Corey Gymnasium. Trinity falls to 2-2, having won at co-host Ithaca yesterday, 74-48, while the Red Dragons improve to 3-0 with a2-0 weekend.
Trinity led, 8-0, in the first four minutes, as junior guard Jaquann Starks (Hartford, Conn.) accounted for six points on a pair from long range, but Cortland State tied it 12-12 on a jumper by Shayne Martinez and rattled off the next 11 points to take a 23-12 lead with 8:28 left in the first half. Back-to-back layups by Trinity senior captains Steve Spirou (Pelham, N.H.) and George Papadeas (Athens, Greece) made the score, 30-24, with 3:03 left before intermission, and Papadeas added a traditional three-point play for the last of 15 points in the first half to send the teams to the locker room with Cortland State ahead, 35-29.
Starks pulled Trinity to within a bucket at 42-40 with his own traditional three-point play 6:07 into the second half, but the Red Dragons used a 9-0 run to turn a 52-47 advantage into a 61-47 lead with Herron leading the charge with four free throws and a trey during the run. Trinity battled back to 69-63 after senior forward Alex Conaway (New Haven, Conn.) scored on a put-back plus a free throw with just over one minute left, but Cortland State held on despite missing three of six from the charity stripe down the stretch.
Papadeas finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, making eight of his nine attempts from the field, while Starks added 17 points, and Conaway had 11 points and eight boards off the bench. Martinez scored 11 points with five rebounds, and Blair Estafaa contributed 10 points for Cortland State. Trinity shot 2-for-19 from long range, while the Red Dragons made 10 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc. Conaway represented Trinity on the all-tournament squad. Herron was all-tournament and the MVP, and Teammate Matt McGowan also graced the all-tournament squad.