ALBANY — With Guilderland High School graduate Andrew Sischo leading the way, second-seeded Daemen claimed the NCAA Division II men’s basketball East Regional Tuesday at Albany Capital Center with a 71-70 win against top-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas.
Sischo scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory, which sends Daemen into the national quarterfinals next week in Evansville, Indiana.
Kyle Harris scored 21 points for Daemen, which had lost two of its previous three matchups with St. Thomas Aquinas. Osbel Caraballo led St. Thomas Aquinas with 21 points.
A Sischo layup with less than two minutes to play put Daemen ahead for good in Tuesday’s matchup. With more than 2,000 career points, Sischo is Daemen’s all-time leading scorer.
Daemen led 37-34 at halftime. After a 6-2 start to the second half for St. Thomas Aquinas, Daemen answered with an 11-0 run that
St. Thomas Aquinas followed with a 10-0 surge. From there, neither team led by more than five points.
Daemen defeated Bloomfield in the regional semifinal, while St. Thomas Aquinas topped Caldwell.
The College of Saint Rose was the event’s host school.