CANANDAIGUA -- The Finger Lakes Men's Basketball team fell to visiting SUNY Delhi on Sunday by the score of 81-72. The Lakers are now 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in Region III play.
SUNY Delhi got out to a fast start against the Lakers holding an early 5-0 lead until Brandon Bullock hit a pair of free throws to get the Lakers on the board. Delhi would go on an 11-0 run over the next two minutes and thirty seconds to increase the lead to 16-2. The margin went as wide as 14 points before the Lakers started to pull closer midway through the half. Will Arberry converted a three point play to make the score 22-16 halfway through the half.
With four minutes and thirty seconds left in the half, the Broncos held a 40-26 lead before the Lakers began to fight back. Finger Lakes would go on a 12-2 run to end the half capped by a Nic Cesar three point play, started by a Dylan Verkey steal.
Verkey had 6 steals for the Lakers. Brandon Bullock led the team with 14 first half points. SUNY Delhi controlled the boards in the first half, outrebounding the Lakers 25-12.
The second half started with both teams trading baskets. The Lakers would get the margin to as low as three points, but the Broncos would keep answering and grow their lead to 10 by the 12 minute mark. Finger Lakes would then go on an 8-2 run, capped by a Verkey steal and layup, but Arif Mehmetaj would answer for Delhi with a three pointer. He had a game-high 27 points. Will Arberry would drain a three pointer from the wing with two minutes remaining to make it a seven point game for the Lakers, but that would be as close as they would get it as the Broncos would go on to win 81-72.
Brandon Bullock led the way for the Lakers shooting 9-12 from the field and 8-11 from the line, he scored a team high 26 points. The freshman from Texas also led the team in rebounding with 9. Joining Bullock in double figures was Dylan Verkey and Nic Cesar with 12 points, and Kaleem Edwards with 11. Verkey also added eight steals for Finger Lakes.
Finger Lakes will return to action on Wednesday with a home game against Medaille College's JV team. Tipoff from Putt Moore Court is scheduled for 7 p.m.