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SUNYIT drops opener

By MIKE LEVIN

CLINTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - The SUNYIT men's basketball team opened their 2011-12 season with an 86-70 loss to Clark Friday night at the Hamilton Invitational.  The Wildcats shot just 30% in the first half and trailed 45-23 at the break and just couldn't overcome the deficit, though they did outscore the Cougars 47-41 in the second half.

Proctor grad T'Andre Richardson had 12 points in his SUNYIT debut, but shot just 5-15 from the floor, while turning the ball over six times, though he did have a nice block in the second half.

Derek Rowe of SUNYIT led all scorers with 20 points, while also adding eight rebounds.  Yhashin White had 18 points and six steals.

The Wildcats will face Bridgewater State in the tournament consolation game, Saturday afternoon at two.

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