First time for everything

The Fredonia State men’s basketball team had four players score in double digits, led by Tyrone Clark’s 26 points, as Fredonia State beat Alfred State, 79-65, on Saturday at Steele Hall.

Robert Lyles had 18 points and five assists, John Kovach added 13 points and five boards and Alexander Grace added 10 points.

Clark also added five assists, five steals and four blocks to his line.

Alfred State (1-9) was led by Tommy Hutson with 30 points.

Tied 10-all early in the first half, Clark nailed a three pointer give the Devils a lead they would maintain throughout the game. They took a 32-25 lead into the half.

For the game, the Devils had a 31-26 edge in rebounds. The Devil’s biggest edge came in shooting percentage. They converted 28 of 50 shots from the floor (56 percent), while Alfred State was only able to shoot 19 of 54 (35 percent).

From the line, the Devils were 18 of 32, while the Pioneers knocked down 21 of 26 (81 percent) of their opportunities.

Clark shot 9 of 14 from the field and was six of six from the line. Lyles added a trio of three pointers.

The meeting was the first ever between the two teams. Alfred State is transitioning from a junior college into an NCAA Division III institution.

The Devils (3-6) are off until Jan. 10 and 11 when they travel to Oswego and Cortland for a pair of SUNYAC contests.

Women’s Basketball

Devils close semester on a high note

Senior Becky Hebert scored 35 points – one shy of her own school record – as the Fredonia State women’s basketball team rolled past Alfred State, 81-58, on Saturday. They improved to 6-2 on the year.

Last season, Hebert scored 36 points vs. D’Youville to set the mark. This was her second 30-plus point effort of the season and third of her career. She was 13 of 18 from the field (72 percent) and eight of 10 from the line.

Fellow senior Jaimie Warren also had a big night. She recorded her third double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Sophomore Sabrina Macaulay also registered a double-double, going for 10 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three blocks.

Not to be outdone, freshman Alexis Cheatham turned in a career-best 11 assists. That ranks fifth all time on the all-time Blue Devil list.

Alfred State (3-4) was led by Marcedes Caver with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Hebert piled up 20 points in the first half as the Devils built a 42-30 lead.

The Devils held a 55-54 edge in rebounds, and shot 21 of 31 (68 percent) from the line, compared to Alfred State’s 11 for 25 (44 percent).

The Devils are off until Jan. 10 when they travel to Oswego.

Swimming

Devils end semester

at Canisius

BUFFALO – Fredonia State swimmers closed out their first semester Saturday at Canisius College.

The Blue Devil men were defeated 175-116, while the women lost 173-110. The host Griffins are an NCAA Division I team.

After gaining an insurmountable lead, Canisius swimmers declared they were entering the remaining events as exhibitions. That resulted in several Blue Devils earning wins, although not by virtue of swimming the fastest time in those events.

Prior to that point, Fredonia State had four second-place individuals.

On the women’s side, senior Larissa Dobson was second in two events – the 50 breast stroke (:33.16) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12.92). In addition, junior Stephanie Rosa was second in the 100 backstroke while Rosa, Dobson, sophomore Jami Barber and sophomore Sam Rokos combined to finish second in the 400 medley relay.

On the men’s side, senior Eric Jordan was second in the 50 backstroke with a time of 26.43 seconds. Also earning second-place points were the 400 freestyle quartet of senior John Estanislau, senior Dave Adamczak, sophomore Liam Jones and senior Adrian Van Hall.

The diving competition was held Friday night and the points were added to the team totals at the completion of Saturday’s swimming.

The Blue Devils break for the holidays and return after the first of the year. Their next competition is Jan. 11 when they host two other schools, Ithaca and Nazareth, at the Steele Hall Natatorium.