Rochester, NY - The Rochester Yellowjackets scored the first 19 points of the game and went on to cruise to a 86-67 victory over the Merchant Marine men's basketball team in the 2012-13 opener for both teams Friday night. Reed Buck (Lawrenceville, GA) finished with a team high 15 points while freshmen Andrew Williams (Lantana, TX) and Zach Karczewski (Austin, TX) both reached double digits in their first collegiate games. John DiBartolomeo scored 37 points and added nine rebounds for the host team, which advances to tomorrow's finals of the Chuck Resler Invitational.
Nate Vernon scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Tyler Sankes scored a career high 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Reid had eight points, five rebounds, one assist, and three steals in 19 minutes. Sankes hit 6 of 7 shots from the floor, had one assist, one block, and one steal in 21 minutes.
All 15 of Buck's points came in the second half as he was 0-7 from the floor in the first half as Rochester built a 39-25 lead. Merchant Marine answered UR's early surge with a 12-2 run over 3:37 to pull within 21-12 with 8:46 left in the half. Karczewski and Williams combined for nine of the points.
Reid made two layups, Vernon drained a three-pointer and added a layup around a bucket by Kenneth Pressey (Yorktown, VA). That boosted the lead to 16, 30-14, with 6:21 left.
The Mariners were aggressive and got their running game in synch early in the second half. With Rochester up by 16 after treys from Vernon and DiBartolomeo (they had eight between them), Frankie Wiseley hit a trey, followed by a layup and free throw. Reed made back-to-back layups and the Mariners pulled within nine, 48-39, with 15:44 left. A layup and foul shot by Karczewski cut the edge down to seven, 52-45, with 12:40 remaining.
However, Rochester pulled away late as DiBartolomeo set up Sankes for a layup then scored seven points in just over two minutes on five free throws and a layup. USMMA threatened numerous times to cut the deficit back to single digits but would get no closer than 10 points.
The Mariners will take on St. Lawerence in the consolation game of the Chuck Resler Invitational tomorrow at 1:00 pm.