Rivals on the court

The Buffalo State men’s basketball team was able to hold of a pesky Fredonia State squad, 81-74, in SUNYAC action Saturday at Steele Hall. The Devils pulled within four points in the final minutes before bowing out to the Bengals.

Senior Tyrone Clark led all scorers with 24 points. Sophomore Eric Zwierlein netted 21, including five of seven from beyond the arc. Fellow sophomore Robert Lyles chipped in 16 points and three assists.

Buffalo State was led by Justin Mitchell with 20 points.

The Blue Devils built the early lead and led by as many as nine in the first half. Following a layup by Zwierlein, the Devils were up 19-10. Buffalo State eventually overtook the Devils and held a 39-34 lead at the half.

The Devils pulled within one, 49-48, midway through the second half, but would never muster a lead.

A layup by Markus Williams with 1:28 left to play brought the Devils to within four, 76-72.

The Devils shot 51 percent from the field (27 of 53), compared to the Bengal’s 47 percent (27 of 58). Buff State held a 35-25 advantage on the boards.

The Devils travel to Geneseo on Tuesday before returning to Steele Hall next Friday/Saturday.

Women’s Basketball

Blue Devils roll past Bengals

Fredonia State dealt SUNYAC opponent Buffalo State its first conference loss of the season Saturday, 81-58, in women’s basketball at Steele Hall.

Becky Hebert led the Blue Devils with 21 points and added six rebounds. Sabrina Macaulay registered her third double-double of the season with a 15-point and 12-rebound effort.

Jaimie Warren also had a big night. She scored 17 points to go along with nine rebounds as the Blue Devils improved to 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

The Bengals fell to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Olivia Luciani and Kala Crawford were their top scorers with 12 points apiece.

Up 44-26 at the half, Fredonia State never trailed and led by as many as 27 points with just under three minutes remaining. The Blue Devils outscored the Bengals 44-24 in the paint.

Buffalo State had won the previous five match-ups against Fredonia State and also owned a five-game win streak to put them to the top of the SUNYAC standings.

Hebert has 1,351 career points as a Blue Devils, 19 points behind Cheryl Kindzia’s school record of 1,370 points. In addition, Warren is 50 points shy of 1,000 career points. She would become the eighth Fredonia State woman to reach the milestone.

Their next chance to move up those lists is Tuesday at Geneseo.