Lyles nets overtime winner in final seconds

Down one point and coming out of a time out with six seconds to go in overtime, freshman Robert Lyles drove the length of the court and converted a layup to lead the Fredonia State men’s basketball team to an 87-86 victory over Potsdam on Friday.

Potsdam sent the game into overtime on a Joe Estramonte 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation, making it 79-all.

The Devils were led by senior Amir Billups with 22 points and six rebounds. Junior Tyrone Clark added 19 points and a team-high eight assists. Senior Dalton Kashmer (South Dayton/Pine Valley) had 15 points and freshman Eric Zwierleinhad 13.

The Devils improved to 6-10 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

Potsdam (7-10, 3-7) was led by Curtis Pierce with 21 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Pierce collected five points in the overtime period. Josh Lambert added 18.

The Devils took a 37-30 lead into halftime. Potsdam opened the second half with an 8-0 run to take one-point lead.

The Devils began to pull away midway through the second period. Up 51-50, the Devils ran off 12 straight points, 10 coming from Billups, to go up 63-50. Up until that point, there had been 11 lead changes and three ties.

Potsdam slowly clawed back into the game. They pulled within one point, 69-68, following a pair of Colin Peterson free throws with 3:31 left to play.

The Devils would maintain the lead until the final seconds of regulation when Estramonte nailed his clutch 3-pointer.

The Devils tied a season high with 11 3-pointers. They had converted 11 earlier in the week at Geneseo. Billups accounted for five of the long-range buckets.

Fredonia State held the rebounding advantage, 35-32. They shot 14 of 19 from the free throw line (74 percent) compared to Potsdam’s 20 of 32 (63 percent)

The Devils are back in action today vs. Plattsburgh. The men tip off at 4 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

Strong finish powers Blue Devil victory

Fredonia State defeated Potsdam 74-57 on Friday evening in SUNYAC women’s basketball.

Three juniors, Jaimie Warren, Becky Hebert and Nikole Lindquist, all scored in double figures to lead the Blue Devils, who improved to 4-6 in the conference and 9-7 overall.

Warren finished with a season-high 27 points, shooting 9 of 11 from the field and 9 of 11 from the free throw line. Hebert added 18 points. Lindquist chipped in 13 points and added 11 rebounds for her first double-double as a Blue Devil.

Potsdam was led by Katy Briedis with 16 points.

The first half featured seven lead changes and four ties. The biggest lead was seven points by Fredonia State, 17-10, following a Grace Moore (Fredonia) free throw.

The Devils carried a 32-26 lead into the locker room. Warren led all scorers with 12 points at the break. Briedis had eight for Potsdam.

Fredonia State increased its lead to eight points early in the second half. They led 40-32 before the Bears ran off six straight points to pull within two, 40-38. That’s the closest the Bears would come.

The Devils’ first double-digit lead came with 3:46 left to play, 61-51, on a long jumper by Lindquist. On the ensuing possession, Lindquist made a steal in the open court and made an easy breakaway layup to push it to a 12-point lead.

The Devils finished the game on a 14-6 run.

Hebert is closing in on 1,000 points for Fredonia State. She finished the night with 954 career points. The Devils’ next three games are at home. They are back in action today, taking on Plattsburgh at 2 p.m.