Alfred outlasts Devils, 100-90

The Fredonia State men’s basketball team’s late comeback attempt fell short as it dropped a 100-90 decision in its home opener versus Alfred University on Tuesday.

Down by as many as 22 with just under eight minutes to play, the Devils pulled within eight points, 98-90, in the final minute before bowing out to the Saxons.

The Devils were led by Tyrone Clark with 35 points, six rebounds and four steals. Clark shot 14 of 17 from the field including a flurry of high-percentage dunks and three of five from beyond the arc.

Alexander Grace added 14 points and four assists while Robert Lyles had 12 points and seven helpers. John Kovach added 10 points and five rebounds.

Matt Deboy controlled the boards with a game-high 14 rebounds.

Alfred had four players with double digit scoring, paced by Mike Snyder with 18.

The high score was accumulated largely because Alfred opted for line changes over substitutions and 3-pointers over layups. A total of 12 players played at least 10 minutes, and the Saxons fired up 43 3-point attempts. They connected 14 times (32 percent).

The Devils were seven of 19 from beyond the arc.

The game was slowed by 52 combined fouls. The Devils were 23 of 38 from the line while Alfred shot 18 of 32 from the charity stripe. Alfred outrebounded the Devils, 52-44.

To start the game, the Devils scored first and led 15-13 at the 12:33 mark following a 3-pointer by Ray Parris. From there, the Saxons went on a 20-4 run to build a 14-point lead. They finished the half with a 47-36 lead.

The Devils battled to within nine points midway through the second half following a 3-pointer by Clark to make it a 67-58 game with 12:10 to go. The Saxons built up their largest lead of 22 points, 83-61, before the Devils made their late run.

The Devils open up the conference portion of their schedule this weekend with a women’s/men’s doubleheader in Steele Hall. Friday brings New Paltz to the Fieldhouse, and Saturday’s opponent is Oneonta.