Genesee Athletics

Strong Second Half Sends Cougars Past Saints

Strong Second Half Sends Cougars Past Saints

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team shook off a slow start and a halftime deficit on Saturday afternoon to drop visiting Mercyhurst North East 95-71 to improve to 17-7 overall this season and 5-4 in Western New York Athletic Conference play.

Mercyhurst N.E. held a 40-39 lead at half but the Cougars stormed out on a 13-2 run to begin the second. Devante Carolina scored six points during the stretch and Genesee never gave back the lead. The Cougars held the Saints to just 25-percent shooting in the second half.

Ervin Mitchell put together another strong performance finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds three blocks and three assists. Carolina finished with 21 points, Naquil Jones added 20 points and eight assists, Rahsaan Williams grabbed 14 rebounds and scored eight points and Tre'Shaun Perry dished out six assists and scored five points.

Genesee will return to action on Tuesday night at home against WNYAC opponent Erie Community College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.