Second-Seeded Colts To Enjoy Home Court Advantage for Men’s Basketball Postseason Event

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Led by the stellar play of second-year standout Ben Bowman, SUNY Orange appears to be peaking at the right time as the Colts enter this weekend’s Mid Hudson Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament having won seven straight games and 11 of their last 12.

Sporting an overall mark of 20-7, SUNY Orange will be seeded second in this weekend’s event, which will be contested Friday and Saturday (Feb. 23 and 24) at the College’s Physical Education Building in Middletown.

Bowman, who ranks among the nation’s scoring leaders at 21.0 points per game, was recognized for his outstanding play on Wednesday when he shared Co-National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Division II Player of the Week accolades with Mott Community College’s Terrence Watson.

A 6-3 guard from Bronx, N.Y., Bowman led the Colts to wins over Post University, Berkeley College and Suffolk County last week, scoring 67 points in the process. Against Post on Feb. 12 he scored 28 points and added nine rebounds in a 93-83 win. On Feb. 15 against Berkely he posted a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds and scoring 21 points in a 79-45 victory. He also added eight assists against Berkely.

He concluded his week last Saturday by forging 18 points, grabbing five rebounds and handing out five assists in SUNY Orange’s 72-70 win over Suffolk County Community College. Over the three-game span, Bowman shot 70.0 percent from the field (21-30) and 69.4 percent from the free-throw line (25-36).

This weekend’s tournament schedule is as follows: top seed Sullivan County Community College (10-0 in league play) will face Rockland County Community College (2-8) at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the Colts’ (7-3) matchup with Westchester County Community College (7-3) at 8 p.m.

The losers of Friday’s games will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday with the winners battling in the championship contest at 4 p.m. At Noon, Ulster County Community College and Dutchess County Community College will meet in the day’s first consolation contest. During the tournament’s opening round this past Tuesday, Ulster dropped a 96-87 decision to Rockland while Westchester downed Dutchess 84-48.

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Mike Albright
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Middletown, NY 10940