By Tommy Schaffer
The men’s basketball team started this season with a slate of eight nonleague opponents. The Dutchmen had a strong showing in those games, winning seven of them, with the lone loss coming to a then-undefeated Hartwick (now 12-1) by the score of 62-61. They also brought home some hardware edging out Roger Williams and then Hamilton to win the Sig Makofski tournament. Terrell Whitney ‘15 and Kevin Donohue ‘13 made the all-tournament team while Donohue was also named MVP.
Over the weekend, the Dutchmen squared off against St. Lawrence and Vassar to open up their first Liberty League games of the season. Unfortunately, it was not the result the Dutchmen were hoping for.
Union’s seven-game win streak was snapped Friday as they fell to St. Lawrence. The loss was their second of the season, but, more importantly, the first of Liberty League play. The Dutchmen were able to keep the game within reach going in at halftime, keeping the score to 33-32, but the second half was another story. St. Lawrence came out and almost instantly went on a 20-6 run to give them a 56-40 lead. They never looked back, eventually winning 69-54. The Dutchmen’s Rusmir Dzanko’12 scored a team high 18 points while Matt Petrone ‘13 led the team with six rebounds. Joe Mason ‘13 also handed out a game best seven assist.
Union took on Vassar Saturday afternoon for their second Liberty League game of the season. Union started off strong and brought an 11 point lead into the locker room at halftime. During the first half the Dutchmen shot an astounding 58 percent. In the second half the Dutchmen kept the ball rolling and extended their lead to as much as 16. Vassar pulled through to tie the game in the final three minutes of play, however, and eventually pulled off the comeback win topping Union 72-67. Union’s Rusmir Dzanko ‘12 led the team with 13 points while Joe Mason ‘13 added 11 points and a game high of eight assists.
With the two losses the Dutchmen fall to 7-3 on the season and 0-2 in Liberty League play. While the 0-2 start is not promising, the Dutchmen will have plenty of opportunities to make it up as their remaining schedule is solely against Liberty League opponents. Union’s next game is on the road as they travel to face RPI on Friday, before hosting league newcomer Bard on Saturday at 4 p.m.