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January 28, 2014

Daemen men beat rival Roberts, 98-82

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Sheehan scored a game-high 23 points and had six assists, and Kadeem Johnson (23 and 13) and Gerald Beverly (15 and 12) both posted double-doubles in the win. Beverly, who leads the ECC in blocks and rebounds per game, also sent away four Redhawks shots.

North Tonawanda's Aaron Davis scored nine points off the bench on three 3-pointers. Davis has scored in double digits in four of his last six games, and Silveri said it's nice to finally see what he's capable of at nearly 100 percent health.

"He's a consummate team player. He plays both ends of the floor, and he gives 15 minutes a game of very steady basketball," Silveri said. "This is the first time he's been healthy — his achilles has been flaring up for three years. He's a tactician out there — you tell him to do something once and you don't have to tell him again. I'm really proud of him and it's nice to see him finally playing healthy."

Tuesday's game was Daemen's fifth contest in nine days. Silveri said he wants the team to rest Wednesday and prepare for a big weekend, including a pair of critical ECC games at home.

"Early on (this season) we had injuries, so when we played Roberts down there (a 77-72 overtime win by the Wildcats), Mark (Coppola) and Casey were just coming off injuries. The whole thing is getting better as the season goes along," he said. That doesn't mean we'll win Friday and Sunday, but I know we're playing better."

The Wildcats host Long Island Univeristy Post on Friday and the New York Institute of Technology on Sunday with positioning at the top of the conference at stake. Game time against the Pioneers is set for 8 p.m.

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