By Ryan Atkins
The Union Men’s Basketball team traveled to Rochester last Friday to take on No. 4 RIT Tigers.
An offensive explosion in the first half propelled the Dutchmen to lead by as much as 15 points; the Dutchmen were up by 12 points at the end of the half.
Forward Ryan Whelpley ’16 led with eight first-half points, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds.
However, RIT retaliated in the second-half with an explosion of their own, dominating the boards and taking advantage of several second-chance opportunities in the paint.
Despite 15 points from guard Deshon Burgess ’17 and 14 from forward William Hython ’16, the Dutchmen were not able to counter the Tigers’ rebounding performance, falling 80-75. RIT clinched a playoff spot in the Liberty League Tournament with this win.
Senior Day was held in Viniar Athletic Center the following evening, hosting Hobart College for the final game of the Dutchmen’s season.
Kevin Bentivegna ’15 and Terrell Winney ’15 were honored for their contributions to the men’s basketball team prior to the game. During the game, Bentivegna scored five points and Winney added seven, placing Winney at No. 13 on Union’s all-time scoring list.
Hobart College spoiled Union’s Senior Day, however, outshooting and out-rebounding the Dutchmen throughout the game.
With the team only shooting 30 percent from the field, the Dutchmen lost 85-57. Hobart College finished second in the league behind Skidmore, and will also be competing in the upcoming Liberty League Tournament.
On Feb. 25, Hobart will play against Clarkson University and RIT against Skidmore College for the tournament semifinals.
The Dutchmen finished the season with a 4-12 conference record, and 10-15 record overall.
With only two seniors leaving the team, there is promise for the Union Men’s Basketball team in the seasons to come.
William Hython, Ryan Whelpley and Deshon Burgess have shown leadership with their play and conduct.
There is a core of young talent in the first-year and sophomore classes.