FSU women hoopsters end season on winning note

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BROCKPORT – Fredonia State closed out its 2012-13 season with a 63-57 come-from-behind win Saturday against Brockport in SUNYAC women’s basketball.

The Blue Devils (12-12, 7-11 SUNYAC) scored the final 14 points of the game while holding the Golden Eagles scoreless over the final 3:52.

Jaimie Warren had five of her game-high 22 points during the run, including a three-point basket with 1:08 left to put Fredonia State on top, 59-57.

Marissa Cussins followed with a reverse layup and Becky Hebert added two free throws. Both players finished with 11 points.

Nikole Lindquist (Cherry Creek/Pine Valley) joined her teammates in double figures with 10 points.

Warren continued her all-around solid play with a team-high 10 rebounds and four assists. It was her fourth double-double of the season.

Cussins also was credited with four assists, while Lindquist had eight rebounds.

Aiming for her second straight SUNYAC scoring title, Hebert closed out the season with a scoring average of just under 18 points per game (17.958). She entered the night leading the conference in scoring by almost five points per game.

Saturday was the final collegiate game for three Blue Devil seniors – Jenna Austin (Cherry Creek/Pine Valley), Grace Moore (Fredonia/Fredonia) and Anna Riley. All three were honored Friday prior to the final women’s home game.

Men’s Basketball

Season ends with 103-98 win over Brockport

BROCKPORT – Fredonia State reached the century mark for the first time in 10 seasons Saturday to close out their season with a 103-98 SUNYAC men’s basketball win over the Brockport Golden Eagles.

Two seniors playing in their final games, Amir Billups and Dalton Kashmer (South Dayton/Pine Valley), led the Blue Devils with 25 points and 20 points, respectively. Kashmer also grabbed 11 rebounds.

John Ivy had 31 points for the Golden Eagles, who’ll move on to the SUNYAC Tournament starting Tuesday.

The Blue Devils close out their season with a 7-17 record, 3-15 in the SUNYAC.

The game was a see-saw struggle punctuated by numerous fouls, free throws, and a lengthy injury delay late in the first half. There were 14 lead changes and 12 ties while the teams combined for 60 fouls and 92 trips to the foul line, where the Blue Devils were 41-of-49.

The Blue Devils’ top scorer, Tyrone Clark, was limited to eight minutes early in the first half after picking up three quick fouls. He eventually fouled out in the second half with nine points.

Sophomore guard Ray Parris picked up the scoring slack, only to leave the game with 3:35 left in the first half when he was injured in a collision with a Brockport player. He left the game with 14 points, his best output of the season, and did not return.

Parris came into the game averaging 2.2 points per game.

Following a delay of nearly 30 minutes, play resumed with Brockport holding a 43-40 lead. The Blue Devils closed out the first half with an 8-0 run and trailed 49-48 at the break. Billups had six points during the run. He also made four straight free throws late in the game following a personal foul and technical foul call against Brockport.

Kashmer and Lyles also made clutch free throws down the stretch.

The 103 points were the most by the Blue Devils since they recorded a school-record 120 points vs. Hilbert during the 2002-03 season.

In addition to Billups and Kashmer, fellow seniors Devin Case and Adam LaQuier were playing in their final collegiate game. All four were recognized during a pre-game ceremony Friday at Steele Hall.


SUNYAC releases hockey tourney


CORTLAND – The State University of New York Athletic Conference announces the top six men’s ice hockey teams that will advance to the conference tournament.

Oswego and Plattsburgh clinch the No. 1 and No. 2 spots and earn a bye into the semifinals.

No. 3 Geneseo will host No. 6 Potsdam while No. 4 Buffalo State will host No. 5 Fredonia Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

Oswego will host the lowest remaining seed on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Plattsburgh will play host to the second lowest remaining seed Saturday at 7 p.m.

Indoor Track & Field

Sprint highlights at Orange & Brown Invite

ROCHESTER – Fredonia State’s Eric Williams won the men’s 200-meter dash Friday at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Orange and Brown Indoor Track & Field Invitational.

He and fellow sprinters Kow Ephirim-Donkor and Carl Caughell turned in the top performances by Blue Devils during the meet, which began Friday and ran into early Saturday morning.

Running in one of a series of 200-meter heats, Williams stopped clocks in 22.73 seconds, one-tenth of one second faster than the second-fastest finisher. There were 71 men entered in the event.

Donkor and Caughell each turned in a No. 2 time on Fredonia State’s all-time indoor sprint lists in their respective events.

Donkor’s ascent in the 60-meter dash was the more dramatic of the two. His preliminary time Friday of 7.06 seconds shaved .19 seconds off his previous-best time earlier this season. It was also the fastest time of the preliminary heats. Donkor finished third in the event with a finals time of 7.12 seconds. There were 55 men entered in the event.

Webster Thomas holds the current 60-meter school record of 7.04 seconds, set last season.

Caughell had a similar drop in time in the 60-meter high hurdles. After clocking in at 8.52 seconds in the preliminaries, he lowered his finals time to 8.36, a drop of .11 seconds from his previous fastest time. He finished second overall and first among collegians in a field of 37 hurdlers.

In addition, Caughell stayed at No. 2 on the all-time list and moved closer to the school record of 8.22 by Keith Norward, set in 1984.

Williams also ran well in the 60-meter hurdles with times of 8.57 seconds in the preliminaries and 8.50 in the finals, third overall and second among collegians, right behind Caughell.

Fredonia State men turned in one other Top 10 performance. The distance medley relay quartet of Collin Mulcahy, Ron Wasik (Fredonia), Jonmichael Knapp and Zakk Hess had a third-place time of 10:18.51, the second-fastest indoor time in school history.

Meanwhile, in the women’s events Fredonia State hurdler Hailey Griewisch (Dunkirk) was already the second-best 60-meter high hurdler in Fredonia State women’s indoor track and field history. She lowered her personal-best time Friday.

The Blue Devils’ distance medley relay team also turned in the program’s second fastest time during the RIT meet, which began Friday afternoon and ended early Saturday morning. Three other women added their names to the program record lists.

Taking part in one five heats, Griewisch was timed in 9.84 seconds during preliminaries, .02 seconds faster than her previous-best time. She ran 10.13 seconds in the finals to finish seventh in the event in a field of 28 women.

The DMR quartet turning in the program’s No. 2 time consisted of Lauren Kotas, Leslie Beaton, Kateri Walsh and Katie Tresino. They were clocked in 12:53.67.