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SUNY Cortland’s Blair Estarfaa drives to the basket against Buffalo State’s Nico McLean in the first half Friday at Corey Gym.
Dragons pull out crucial victory
After having plenty of second half success by simply driving to the basket, with the game on the line that was the simple SUNY Cortland game plan.
So senior forward JP Reagan was able to draw a foul with 4.4 seconds left to play attacking the rim and then calmly made both ensuing free throws to enable the Red Dragons to pull out a 63-62 win over Buffalo State on Friday night.
Given a reprieve when the visiting Bengals missed twice from the free throw line with 25.9 seconds left to play, the Red Dragons used a time-out six seconds later to give head coach Tom Spanbauer the chance to plot his team’s final possession trailing by a single point in this crucial SUNY Athletic Conference contest.
“That was the play we set up,” said the 6-foot-6 Reagan, who was isolated against a Buffalo State defender before driving the lane and getting hacked on his shot attempt. “We ran it before and I kind of forced a shot and missed it. Coach asked me if I was ready, I said yeah and he said we’re coming back to you. He trusted me and it paid off.”
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