The Wells College men's basketball team rallied from a big second-half deficit to pull within a point in the final minute of play, but eventually fell 78-75 to SUNY Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
SUNY Poly held its largest lead of 16 points with 6:46 left in the second half before going on a 14-2 run to make the score 70-66 with 1:12 left in the game. Poly led 73-66 in the final minute but Wells got a 3-pointer from Jordyn Tyler and a layup from Tyree Fisher to pull within two.
A foul shot by Poly's Redell Freeman made it a three-point lead, and Fisher drove and scored another layup with 14 seconds left to make it 74-73. Poly went 4-for-4 at the line in the final 11 seconds of the game on either side of a layup by Mohamed Hassan of Wells. The Express got the ball back with five second left but couldn't get a shot off.
Wells held a 39-37 lead at halftime, but SUNY Poly scored the first 13 points of the second half and never trailed again.
SUNY Poly is 17-7 and 13-2 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Wells is 7-17 overall and 5-10 in the conference. It was the final home game of the season for the Express, which concludes its season Saturday, Feb. 17 with a 1 p.m. game at SUNY Cobleskill.