AURORA, N.Y. – The Wells College men's basketball team rallied back from a seven point second half deficit to top the Keuka College Storm 65-60 in North Eastern Athletic Conference action Wednesday evening in Aurora. The Express, winners of two straight, improve to 6-10 (3-3 NEAC), while the Storm fall to 4-10 (4-3 NEAC).
Dave Foltz (Auburn, N.Y.) led three Express players in double-figures with 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Terry Harrison (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 14 points and five rebounds, and Andre Sawyers (Bronx, N.Y.) finished with a double-double on 11 points and 12 rebounds.
With the Express trailing 54-44 with 9:36 remaining in the second half, Jon Bonds (Chicago, Ill.) hit one of two free throws and EJ Taylor (Tampa Bay, Fla.) followed with a lay-up to trim the lead to four (54-50). The Storm pulled back ahead by six on a mid-range jumper but, Foltz followed with a 3-pointer, Harrison scored four straight points, and Darnell McDuffy (Rochester, N.Y.) hit two clutch free throws to complete a 12-5 run giving Wells a 59-56 lead.
The Storm would climb back to within one late (59-58) with less than three minutes remaining, but Wells finished a perfect 6-6 down the stretch from the foul line to earn their second straight victory.
The Express led 32-30 at the break and would hold their largest lead of the game 41-36 early in the second half until an 11-2 run by Keuka flipped the advantage in favor of the Storm 47-43 with 11:44 to play.
Coty Paige (Rochester, N.Y.) paced the Storm with a game high 23 points and eight rebounds, while Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, N.Y.) added 17 points and four boards.
The Express shot 35.8 percent from the field and finished 23-32 (71.9%) from the foul line, while controlling the glass 46-34.
Keuka shot 37.5 percent from the field, but shot just 4 of 18 from behind the arc.
The Express return to action on Sunday when they welcome NEAC opponent Penn. St. Abington to campus for a 1 p.m. tip-off in Aurora. Keuka will return home to take on Cazenovia College on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in Keuka Park, N.Y.