BH-BL made a charge and cut the deficit to five points in the closing second of the first quarter, but Smith drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give Guilderland a 20-12 lead. That sparked another Dutchmen run early in the second quarter before the Spartans cut the deficit to five points again. This time, Kost drained a clutch three-pointer, and Marfurt hit a fast break layup off a Smith steal to give Guilderland a 37-25 halftime lead.
"I thought the last minute of the first half hurt us," said Martin. "We were down six and got a little anxious, and they ended up scoring six more (to end the half)."
Guilderland put the game away in the third quarter with one sequence. John DellaPia was called for an intentional foul on Smith, and Smith responded by making both of his free throws. On the next play, Marfurt took the inbounds pass and hit a shot in the paint to give the Dutchmen a 47-35 advantage. The sequence sparked an 8-0 Guilderland run that put the Dutchmen up by 16 points.
"We were on the move, and then we got that flagrant foul called," said Martin. "I think that was the turning point of the game."
Kost contributed 13 points, and Jonathan Terry added eight points for Guilderland, which played Shenendehowa Tuesday. Paul Layton had 14 points, and Jaret Falkowitz chipped in 11 points for BH-BL.
"As much as I hate to admit it, I think the best team won tonight," said Martin. "They played for 32 minutes, and we played good basketball for 18 to 20 minutes."
Following Tuesday's game against Shen, Guilderland concludes the regular season with games against Columbia Friday and Bethlehem next Tuesday.
"We've got Shen next, and we're going to prepare for them," said Osinski. "That's what we've done all year " prepare for the team that's next. That's all we've been worried about. We're trying to finish out the schedule and win our league.""