Men's Basketball

Hudson Valley Downs Schenectady, 76-68

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Troy, N.Y., February 12, 2002 – For the second time this season, Hudson Valley Community College's men's basketball team defeated Schenectady County Community College. Playing at Troy's McDonough Complex this evening, the Vikings rode Markael Brace (Albany H.S.)'s 24-point, nine-rebound effort to a 76-68 victory.

Hudson Valley, which has won 10 of its last 12 games, is now 16-8 overall. Schenectady is 15-10.

The Vikings led by five points, 33-28, early in the second half before going on a 7-0 run to make it 40-28. After that, Schenectady could not cut Hudson Valley's advantage to less than eight points.

While Brace led all scorers, Joseph Bell (Albany H.S.) kicked in 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Paolo Walker (Columbia H.S.) had seven points and eight rebounds.

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.