Mens Basketball Downs RIT in Annual Mark’s Crosstown Shootout

St. John Fisher and RIT shake hands after the final buzzer; the final score of 80-70 reflected on the scoreboard. (Photo Provided by Patrick Kravitz)

Posted on 11/28/19

By, Patrick Kravitz – Staff Writer

The St. John Fisher men’s basketball team topped the Rochester Institute of Technology 80-70 in the annual charity Mark’s Pizzeria Crosstown Shootout at the Louis Alexander Palestraon Saturday Nov. 23. 

The Cardinals bounced back after losing 78-75 to the University of Rochester on Thursday Nov. 21. 

Fisher senior forward James Leone attempts a free throw against RIT. Leone led the Cardinals with a game-high 20 points. (Photo Provided by Patrick Kravitz)

Senior forward James Leone led the way for the Cardinals with a game-high 20 points while also collecting nine rebounds and three assists. Sam Robinson and Brendan Trapper also contributed 17 points each as Fisher ran away with the score in the last few minutes of the game. 

The Cardinals extended the lead with two minutes to go in the second half. As Fisher was down 68-67 with under three minutes remaining in regulation, RIT got into foul trouble, leading the Cardinals to ignite a 13-2 run. 

“It’s just a really good time of the season, we get to be apart of this great charitable event while playing some of the other schools in the Rochester area,” Robinson said. “It’s also that much better when you can add a win in the mix as well.”

The Mark’s Pizzeria Crosstown Shootout organizes a toy drive that goes to Mary’s Place, a non-profit refugee center in Rochester. The fans are asked to bring a new toy to the gymnasium in exchange for free admittance to the games. 

The event involves a number of games held at the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology consisting of men and women’s teams from UR, Fisher, RIT and Nazareth College. 

“It’s sort of like a fight for the crown of Rochester; whoever takes over that year, claims the throne until the next year,” Sam Robinson added.

The Cardinals will resume action on Tuesday as they travel to Buffalo State as they take on the Bengals in a non-conference match-up at 6 p.m. 


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