Came home after working late in my store to check on the Oneonta State-Roanoke score.The game was played at Daytona Beach, Florida so there was no live stats or webcast available. Pulled up the D3hoops scoreboard and saw that Oneonta had won the game by an 81-69 final score. Also discovered that the game was played at 4:00 PM and not 8:00 PM as I thought it was. I never guessed that it was an afternoon game as it was Friday and usually those are evening games. The holiday tournaments have all kinds of start times different than the usual times and I should have known that but was to busy waiting on customers buying Christmas presents.
So I predicted an Oneonta victory by an 84-80 score about 2 hours after the game was already in the books.
At least I got the victory part right. My score wasn't too bad either. Except Roanoke couldn't keep pace with the Red Dragons and lost by a bigger margin that I thought they would. Nice win by Oneonta as they have now claimed a victory over a NESCAC team and an ODAC team...2 of the top 5 conferences in the country. That'll help the YAC's SOS.
Roanoke grabbed the early lead but a 3 point play by Zach Mager gave the Red Dragons their first lead at 6-5. The teams then traded 3 pointers and Roanoke scored an inside bucket to go in front 10-9 with 6 minutes gone by in the half. Another 3 point play by Oneonta's Kareem Williams followed by a steal and layup by the Red Dragon's Jack Dignan gave the good guys a 16-10 advantage. They would stretch that lead to 7 points on 4 separate occasions, before settling for a 5 point halftime edge 32-27.
The Maroons came out of the break and outscored Oneonta by a 14-5 margin over the first 3:38 of the 2nd half to match their largest lead of the game at 41-37. Nine straight points by the Red Dragon's Dynamic Duo, Mager and Frankie Kelly reversed that short lived lead in a hurry. First Kelly had a dunk off an assist by Dignan and then 10 seconds later Dignan stole the ball and fed Kelly for an easy layup. After a miss, rebound and miss by Roanoke, Mager buried a 3 pointer and followed that up with a layup to make it a 46-41 Oneonta lead with 13:32 remaining. The Red Dragons were never headed from that point on. The Maroons did get to within a single point two more times, the last coming at 48-47, but a 5 minute, 14-4 spurt, ending with back to back 3 pointers by Dignan and Mager, opened up a 62-51 double digit lead, with 6 minutes left to play. Mikey McElroy made back to back layups, Mager buried another triple and McElroy followed with a pair of free throws and the lead had ballooned to 15 points at 73-58. The Red Dragons hit 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to maintain their double digit lead.
Zach Mager was the game's high scorer with 25 points (7x14 fg, 3x4 3's, 8x9 ft) and tied for the team lead in rebounds with 7. He did miss a free throw tonight (
) and is now only 47 of 49 from the line for the season. Mikey McElroy had 17 points (5x9 fg, 1x3 3's, 6x7 ft) and also had 7 rebounds. Frankie Kelly scored 13 points (4x11 fg, 0x3 3's, 5x7 ft) with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals. Kareem Williams (4xg fg, 2x2 ft) added 10 points and 6 boards in 17 minutes off the bench. Jack Dignan had 8 points (3x6 fg, 2x5 3's), 5 assists and 3 steals with 24 minutes of court time. Lawrence Coleman scored just 2 points but grabbed 7 rebounds in only 12 minutes of action.
The stats in this game were amazingly even. Both teams were fairly close in their shooting percentages. Oneonta was 26x67 (38.8%) from the field and 6x20 (30.0%) from 3 point land. Roanoke was 26x68 (38.2%) from the field and 5x17 (29.4%) from long range. The rebounding battle failed to produce a winner as each team had 45 boards. And the breakdown for both teams...you guessed it dead even... 29 defensive rebounds and 16 on the offensive glass. Oneonta had 15 turnovers while Roanoke had a total of 16. Oneonta had a team total of 14 assists while Roanoke had 15.
Points off turnovers and the foul line told the story as the Red Dragons had 19 points off TO's to only 12 points for Roanoke. Oneonta went 23x27 (85.2%) from the stripe while the Maroons were 12x18 (66.7%). There's the MOV right there.
Roanoke had 3 players in double figures with Daniel Eacho leading the way with 17. Andy Daniels had 15 and Julian Ramirez added 10 points with 6 assists. Cameron Smith was the leading rebounder in the contest with 9 boards.
The Red Dragons improve to 5-3 (2-0 YAC) and will be back in action Saturday afternoon at 2:00 as they complete their Florida trip with another game against an Old Dominion Athletic Conference team. This time they will match up against the Bridgewater College Eagles.
Sure would be nice to go 2-0 against the ODAC. Go Red Dragons!!