Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams returned to the hardware last week, tipping off their regular season on the road. The women’s team survived their three-game road trip, as they return to Brooklyn with a 3-0 record. The men’s basketball team, on the other hand, couldn’t pick up a victory through their first three games, as they go into Tuesday’s home game with a chance to earn their first win of the season.
The Bulldogs traveled to SUNY Buffalo State to take part in the Buffalo State Tournament, which resulted in two victories over the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Buffalo State. In Friday’s game against the Pitts-Greensburg Bobcats, the Bulldogs displayed pure dominance, walking away with an 81-36 victory. Brooklyn’s 45-point victory started with tough defense and high power offense, outscoring the Bobcats by an average of 15 points through the first three quarters. The Bulldogs allowed just four points in the third quarter, which solidified Brooklyn’s win.
Game two came a day after Brooklyn’s rout over Pitt-Greensburg. The Bulldogs faced a tougher opponent this time as they played the host, Buffalo State. Brooklyn’s hot start continued as they outscored Buffalo State 20-10 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
With their sluggish offense in the first half, the Bulldogs found themselves down seven at the half, 29-22, but the second half was a different story. Brooklyn began hitting shots and getting stops, as they found themselves down five entering the fourth. The Bulldogs outscored Buffalo State by ten in the fourth quarter, which flipped the scoreboard in favor of Brooklyn and allowed them to stay undefeated on the season.
The men’s basketball team participated in the Drew University Rose City Classic this weekend. Unlike the women’s team, the men’s club still have yet to win a game this season, losing all three of their games.
Game one came against Drew University, and it was a tight contest throughout the afternoon. At the halftime break, the Bulldogs found themselves only down six points. Brooklyn came close to tying the game up in the second half at the 6:27 mark, when the Bulldogs cut the Rangers lead to just two points. A three-pointer by Rangers forward Daniel Shulman cut Brooklyn’s rally short to extend the lead back to five points. The Bulldogs failed to make another run, which secured the Rangers the 97-87 win over Brooklyn.
Game two against Gwynedd Mercy University was a different story for the Bulldogs, who lost their third straight game, 74-90. The first half was a close one for both teams as the Bulldogs trailed by six points at the break. Brooklyn guard Henry O’Reilly (#34) was the only player in double digits at the half, with 13 points. Brooklyn’s defense in the second half told the story as the Bulldogs allowed 51 points to the Griffins. The Bulldogs were outscored by ten in the second half, which began with a couple of three-pointers in the opening seconds of the second half extending the Griffins’ lead to as many as 19 points, with 3:16 remaining. The Griffins would eventually take the victory over Brooklyn, handing them their third straight loss to start the season.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will play their first home games of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 21 as part of Brooklyn College’s hoops homecoming. The women’s game will tip off homecoming at 5:00 p.m. against the visiting Farmingdale State College. The men’s team will seek their first win of the season as they face off against the College of New Rochelle at 7:15 p.m. The first 450 fans will receive free Brooklyn College Athletics T-shirts.