Khari Demos, Sports Editor
In one of the most anticipated games in recent memory, St. John Fisher men’s basketball team won a back and forth battle with Nazareth thanks to an epic performance by junior guard Tyler English.
The 103-93 senior day victory took two overtimes, giving the sellout crowd at Bobby Wanzer Court all they could handle. The Cardinals sit alone atop the Empire 8 conference at 12-1, 17-5 overall. With the loss, the Golden Flyers drop to 9-5 in conference play and 15-8 on the season.
*photo courtesy of St. John Fisher athletics.
After avoiding a let-down in their 68-64 win against Alfred, Fisher was seeking to avenge their only conference loss of the season, a 75-67 decision to Nazareth on Jan. 26. The story of the day was the matchup between the Cardinals’ English and the Golden Flyers’ Brendan Wind. Both players had career high totals on the day, with 33 and 48 points respectively.
“Unbelievable experience. I have never been involved in a game like that.” English said.
The junior wing-man scored the final 10 for Fisher in the first overtime period, including a game tying three with time expiring to send it into double overtime. English would go on to score 18 of his 33 in both overtimes.
English’s miraculous shot was not the only last second game-tying play, as Wind also hit a jumper in the final five seconds to send the game into overtime in the first place.
“That’s what college basketball is all about” insisted English.
Key performances gave the Cardinals the chance to celebrate Senior Day on a winning note. All-American Keegan Ryan had a 24 point and 14 rebound effort, while Tyler Farrell added 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Jake Haight and Alex Sausville got into the scoring mix as well, with their 11 and 10 points a piece.
Fisher will play its last home regular season game on Tuesday against Elmira College. Following, the Cardinals will play their last two games against Empire 8 opponents with the hope of solidifying the one seed in the conference tournament and the right to host the tournament.