Casey Sheehan poured in a season-high 34 points as the Daemen College men’s basketball team continued to put up impressive numbers in a 100-92 victory Friday night over visiting Dowling College.
Sheehan was 9 of 20 shooting and 14 of 20 from the free throw line. Gerald Beverly added a double-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds and he had six blocks.
A packed Lumsden Gymnasium watched the Wildcats surpass 100 points for the third time this season while extending their home winning streak to 34 games.
The Wildcats improved to 19-6 overall and 16-3 in the East Coast Conference while Dowling fell to 21-5 and 15-3. Daemen’s home winning streak ranks as the longest among all men’s Division II teams and the second-longest in the nation among NCAA men’s basketball programs – behind Division III Albertus Magnus (37).
The Wildcats are 35-1 at home since the start of the 2011-12 season and have won 81 percent (91-21) of their home games over the past eight seasons. Daemen has also won a school-record 12 straight games overall and 15 straight league games.
Uchechi Ogbonna added 16 points and seven rebounds while senior point guard Mark Coppola (Williamsville South) chipped in 11 points and a team-high seven assists. Daemen led by as many as 19 points in the second half.
Five players scored in double figures for the Golden Lions. Senior Corwin Austin scored a team-high 24 points and eight rebounds, while junior Darien Davis added 21 points.
Daemen women lose
Dowling snapped a three-game losing streak at the expense of Daemen, 73-51, in an East Coast Conference women’s game.
Senior Lindsay Stoddard (Allegany-Limestone) paced the Wildcats (7-18) with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. She has 471 career assists and stands just three shy of moving into fourth place in career assists at Daemen.
Sophomore Raeann Stilwell (St. Mary’s) drilled four three-pointers to finish with 14 points for the Wildcats. Stilwell’s four three-pointers gives her 73 for the season and leaves her three shy of setting a school-record for three-pointers made in a season. Freshman Natalie Galus (Frontier) added eight points, four rebounds and three blocks.
Griffs break records
The Canisius College indoor track team set four school records at the MAAC Championships on Friday night. The distance medley relay team of Michael Anvelt, Cooper Roach and Travis Jordon and A.J. Stuver placed second in a record 10:12.78, which broke the old record by more than 11 seconds. Freshman Jeff Antolos broke his own record in the 5,000 meters from two weeks ago by over 15 seconds finishing in 15:02.20. Roach finished the mile in a record 4:10.47, breaking Chris Kane’s record from 1990.
For the women, Canisius broke the school mark in the distance medley relay, with Haley Keene, Brandi Pettit, Jamie Wallace and Phillips finishing in 12:38.83.