Freshman helps lift FSU to win

Seniors Becky Hebert and Jaimie Warren powered the Fredonia State women’s basketball team to a 76-66 win over visiting Cortland State on Friday.

Hebert, the SUNYAC’s leading scorer, turned in a 28-point effort while classmate Warren got her third double-double in four games with 19 points and 13 rebounds. It was her fifth-straight game with 10-plus rebounds. Freshman Alexis Cheatham also continued her strong play with 16 points, including eight during a 14-0 run as the Devils took control of the game late in the first half. Cheatham added six assists.

The teams played even basketball in the early going. Cortland took an 11-9 lead at the 15-minute mark following a layup by Grace Williamson. Cortland went on to build its biggest lead of the game, 27-15, with 7:44 to play.

From there, the Devils scored the next 14 points, with Cheatham nailing a pair of three-point baskets and an acrobatic, floating layup as the shot clock was about to expire during the run. Hebert added six points over that same spurt.

Following a 3-pointer by Megan Toughey, the Devils scored the final four points of the half to take a 33-30 lead into the break.

The Devils did not surrender the lead the rest of the way, outscoring Cortland 43-36 in the second half.

The Red Dragons were led by Toughey with 19 points and Williamson with 14.

Cortland had a 46-44 rebounding edge and both teams had 13 assists, 13 turnovers and three blocks. The Devils out-pointed Cortland from the free-throw line, 17-9, and converted 46 percent from the field compared to 34 percent for the Dragons.

The win avenged a 82-75 road loss back on Jan. 11. The Devils improved to 10-7 overall and 5-6 in SUNYAC play. Cortland fell to 11-7 and 7-4 in conference play.

The Fredonia State women welcome the Oswego Lakers to Steele Hall today for a 2 p.m. tip-off.

Men’s Basketball

Cortland drops Devils

The Fredonia State men’s basketball team fell to Cortland State, 70-35, in Steele Hall on Friday. Tyrone Clark earned his second-straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Devil offense was stalled the first half, shooting six of 25 (24 percent) while putting up 14 points. On the defensive end, they put in a solid effort, holding Cortland to 26 first-half points.

Cortland was led by Kevin McMahon with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Lamard Herron added 16 points. Cortland held a 42-27 advantage on the boards, and converted 12 three-pointers to Fredonia State’s one.

The Devils fall to 4-14 overall and 1-10 in SUNYAC play. Cortland ups its record to 11-7 and 6-5 in the conference.

The men face-off against SUNYAC opponent Oswego State in Steele Hall today. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.

Men’s Hockey

Blue Devils blank Morrisville State, 2-0

Goals by Frankie Hart and Erik Moberg and 25 saves by Jeff Flagler carried Fredonia State to a 2-0 home win over the Morrisville State Mustangs in SUNYAC men’s hockey.

For Moberg, a freshman, it was his first collegiate goal, while it was the second collegiate shutout for Flagler, also a freshman. It was Hart’s third goal; he, too, is a freshman.

The Blue Devils improved to 3-4-3 in the SUNYAC and 6-9-4 overall, while the Mustangs fell to 2-8-1 in the SUNYAC and 5-12-2 overall.

The same two teams meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the annual Pink The Rink game at Steele Hall Ice Arena.

After a scoreless first period, Hart connected from down low near the faceoff circle to the right of Mustang goaltender Jakob Rasmussen at 2:07 of the second period. Chad Bennett was credited with an assist on Hart’s goal, which turned out to be the game-winner.

Fredonia State played with fire during the second period by taking four minor penalties against a Morrisville State power play which was clicking at 30 percent proficiency, yet managed to kill off all four. The Blue Devils were five of five on the penalty kill overall.

Moberg’s insurance goal came on a power play at 9:53 of the third period. Blake Forslund passed to Hunter Long, whose shot from the right faceoff circle was stopped by Rasmussen. Moberg gathered the rebound and scored from the slot.

Flagler was chosen as the No. 1 star, Hart as No. 2, and Moberg as No. 3. Just missing out on the stars was senior forward Andrew Christ, who put a strong effort in at both ends of the ice.

Swimming &?Diving

Devil women, men take down Brockport

BROCKPORT – Both Fredonia State swimming and diving teams were victorious Friday in a dual meet against the Brockport Golden Eagles.

The Blue Devil women were 129-11 winners, while the men held a 171 1/2 to 66 1/2 advantage.

Top performers for the women were sophomore Sam Rokos, who was first in the 100-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle, and senior Katelyn Haley, who won both springboard diving competitions. Her 1-meter score of 255.95 points requalified her for zone championships.

On the men’s side, senior John Estanislau won the 50 freestyle and the 200 butterfly; senior Adrian Van Hall was first in the 100 and 200 freestyle; and senior Andrew Case won the 200-yard backstroke. All three along with senior Dave Adamczak combined to win the 200 freestyle relay.

In addition, freshman Jeff Matter was a double winner in springboard diving.

“It was a good meet,” said head coach Arthur Wang. “We are rounding into form and getting better each day.”