SU roundup: Lehman races past Hornets in Big Apple

NEW YORK — Host Lehman College led virtually throughout a 78-63 non-league men’s basketball victory over Shenandoah on Monday afternoon.

Freshman Henry Sorsaia scored the opening bucket of the game for Shenandoah (1-8) only to see Lehman (6-5) take the lead for good by scoring 14 of the game’s next 16 points.

Sophomore Brandon Pressley finally snapped this opening string for SU with a 3-pointer at the 15:49 mark, but the damage was done.

The Hornets would get no closer than three points the rest of the way as Lehman led for 37:47 of the 40-minute contest.

The Lightning, who led 36-28 at the break, eventually pushed their lead out to 14 points by the 13:24 mark before Shenandoah attempted to get back into it with a 6-0 run that cut the SU deficit to 53-45 with 11:04 remaining.

Lehman then scored nine of the game’s next 15 points in the next 3:33 and Shenandoah never seriously threatened again.

Junior Antwan Pittman, who joined the team this week, and Jared Carithers led the Hornets with 11 points each.

Pressley and Malcolm Clark had 10 points each to give SU four players in double figures in the scoring column.

Shenandoah shot 40 percent and saw Lehman grab 44 of the game’s 77 rebounds.

SU completes its road trip on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. contest at CCNY.

Women’s basketball

NEW YORK — Host Lehman College used a big run midway through the second half on its way to a 57-49 victory over Shenandoah in the opening round of the Coaches versus Cancer women’s basketball tournament Monday afternoon.

With the score tied at 32-32 following a Sarah Dixon 3-pointer for the Hornets (5-4), Lehman (7-3) proceeded to score the game’s next 10 points over a span of 4:08 to seize control of the contest.

Shenandoah was able to cut the deficit to four points, 46-42, following an Ashley McGhee 3-pointer at 4:51, but would get no closer.

The Lightning closed out the victory by scoring 11 of the final 18 points of the game.

This second half run ended a contest that featured 11 lead changes and nine ties.

SU, which was led by senior Holly Chittenden’s 13 points and 13 rebounds, last held the lead at the 17:02 mark of the second following a pair of Breya Wallace free throws.

Those two points capped a 6-3 spurt that included a Kirstyn Arcata jumper and a Chittenden layup.

Arcata backed up Chittenden with 10 points and 11 rebounds, with Wallace posting six assists.

Arcata’s double-double is the first of her career while Chittenden now has three double-doubles this season and 19 for her career.

Lehman advances to Tuesday’s championship game versus Adrian (Mich.) beginning at 2 p.m. with SU taking on Kean (N.J.) in the noon consolation contest.