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Salem State's Season Ends With NCAA First Round Loss to Oswego State

Salem State's Season Ends With NCAA First Round Loss to Oswego State

Couresty of the Salem State Sports Information Department.

Oswego, N.Y. – Sean Bryan paced Salem State with 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, but the Vikings  fell 72-59 to host Oswego State in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA DIII Men's Basketball Tournament. Salem State concludes their season with a record of 18-10. The Lakers move on and will meet Baldwin Wallace in the second round of the tournament tomorrow. 

The Vikings built an early 10-5 lead following a jump shot by Bryan. However, an 11-5 run by Oswego State put the Lakers on top 16-15 with 7:58 remaining in the first. Both teams struggled to get going on offense, and a bucket by Hakeem Animashaun gave Salem State a slim 21-20 advantage with 4:10 left. Two Joe Sullivan free throws put Oswego up 28-25 in the final minute as Salem State connected on just 11-30 (36.7%) of their first half shots. Bryan led all scorers with 14 first half points. The Lakers, who picked up their offense in the final 10 minutes of the half, shot 12-26 (52.2%) from the floor as the home team exited with a 28-26 halftime lead. Quinn Carey led Oswego with eight points.  

A Bryan three-pointer helped erase a six-point second half deficit, tying the game at 33-all at the 15:26 mark. Five straight points from Bryan Martinez put Salem State back on top 38-33, but the Lakers countered with a 9-3 spurt and regained the lead 42-41 following a Tyler Pierre free throw. Trailing 52-45, the Vikings fought back and after a Bryan free throw, were behind 52-48 with just over five minutes remaining. However, Salem State, which struggled from behind the arc, came up empty on three consecutive possessions as the lead ballooned to 58-48 with four minutes remaining.    

The Vikings, who converted just one field goal attempt over a two and half minute span, allowed Oswego State to take command and build a 63-50 lead with 1:49 left. Eight free throws by the Lakers iced the game in the final minute as they went on to win 72-59.    

Salem State finished the game 23-64 (25.9%) from the field and just 3-20 (15%) from behind the arc. Animashaun had 14 points and six rebounds, while Martinez contributed 13 points on 6-9 (66.6%) shooting.

Despite fouling out with 5:17 remaining in the contest, Pierre paced Oswego with a double-double scoring a team-high 19 points coupled with a game-best 11 rebounds.

Joining Pierre in double-figures were Quinn Carey (17), Joe Sullivan (11) and Liam Sanborn (10).

Carey knocked down four of his 3-point attempts for a better than 40-percent night from that distance while collecting six rebounds.  

The Lakers ended the game 23-52 (44.2%) from the field.