ST. LAWRENCE, N.Y. - The SUNYIT men's basketball team made its first NCAA Tournament game in program history a memorable one, as the underdog Wildcats stunned heavily-favored Elms College 85-77 to advance to the second round at the Burkman Gymnasium on the campus of St. Lawrence University.
SUNYIT was led by Diloo Brown and David Golembiowski, who combined for 41 points to help the Wildcats improve to 23-7 overall. Ajani Edwards chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds at point guard for SUNYIT as well.
"What a way to make our program's first NCAA Tournament appearance," said a relieved SUNYIT head coach Kevin Grimmer, whose team used clutch free throw shooting and stifling defense down the stretch to sow up the victory. "We played tremendous defense against a great team and I thought we handled their aggressive pressure well to earn the biggest win in SUNYIT history."
The Blazers of Elms trailed by only one point at the half, 43-42, but held several leads throughout the second half. Juan Galdon turned in a 21-point effort on 8-for-14 shooting, while both Juan Alverio (10) and Dan Gonzalez (11) scored in double-digits for Elms as well. The season-ending loss snaps the Blazers' 16-game winning streak and moves their record to 26-2.
SUNYIT will take on St. Lawrence University in the Second Round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament tomorrow, Saturday, March 7 at 7:00pm in Canton, NY.