Pottersville, NY - The Five Towns College men's basketball team opened up the 2019-20 season on the road with a 80-77 victory over HVIAC opponent Word of Life/Davis Huskies.
Junior guard Kyree Sawyer led the scoring for the Sound with 29 points (8-22 FGA, 1-2 3PT). Sawyer went 12-14 from the free-throw line, and also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Sawyer has led Five Towns in scoring for the past two season; he averaged 24.1 ppg last season, and 19.7 ppg his Freshman season.
As a team, Five Towns shot 41.7% (30-72 FGA) compared to the Huskies 40.8%. The Sound went 17-22 from the free-throw lines. Jizeah Rivera led the Huskies with 26 points, including 6-10 shooting from three-point range.
Senior guard Lloyd Middlebrooks scored 16 points and totaled five rebounds. five assists, and one block. Newcomers Robert Williams and Damani Merritt contributed 12 points and 14 points respectively, and Eric Romero scored nine points in the effort.
Five Towns trailed 30-37 at the end of the first half, as the Huskies were led by 18 first-half points from Rivera, including four 3-pointers. The Sound held Rivera to just eight points in the second half. The Huskies held a 12 points lead with 18:20 remaining in the second half, until an 11-1 scoring run by Five Towns closed the gap to 43-45. Five Towns would score 50 points in the second-half, 20 points from Sawyer, to secure the win.
Men's basketball returns to action next weekend as the team travels to Pennsylvania for the Penn State Scranton Tip-Off Tournament.
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