Senior Dalton Kashmer (Pine Valley) helped lead the Fredonia State men's basketball team to an impressive 67-58 home victory over Penn State Behrend on Saturday.
Kashmer led the Devils with 20 points, shooting 6 of 7 from the field and 8 of 9 the free throw line. He added 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds to his stat line.
"He struggled the last four or five games," Fredonia State coach Kevin Moore said of Kashmer. "Tonight he had a really good game. He played well defensively, too. If we can get that out of him, I think that makes a big difference."
Fellow senior Amir Billups also had a solid afternoon with 14 points. Junior Joe Monahan added 11 points and four steals. Junior Tyrone Clark finished with 10 points.
"I don't think we could ask anybody to score 20 points every night," Moore added. "There will be nights when certain guys have it going. That should help in the long run to have that kind of balance."
Behrend was led by Russ Conley with 25 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line.
The Devils opened the game with a 14-0 lead, not allowing Behrend to score until the 14:04 mark when Conley hit a pair of free throws.
Billups responded by nailing his second three pointer of the game on the ensuing possession to push the Devil lead to 15 points.
"We didn't shoot the (three-pointer) very well tonight," Moore admitted. "We had a good mix of inside and outside scoring. We got a lot of scoring opportunities in the paint."
Behrend's first field goal of the contest came at 13:34 on a Conley dunk to make it 17-4. Up until that point, the Lions only managed to get off three field goal attempts. They would never lead in the game.
The Devils built a 32-19 lead at the half. Kashmer had 10 points at the break and Billups had 8. Defensively, the Devils had eight steals to the Lions one, and held Behrend to 35 percent shooting (7 of 20). Fredonia State converted 52 percent (12 of 23) of its shots.
Behrend outscored the Devils 39-35 in the second half.
For the game, the Devils shot 19 of 23 (83 percent) from the free-throw line and 22 of 43 (51 percent) from the field. Behrend was a perfect 12 of 12 at the line, and 21 of 47 (43 percent) from the floor.
Defensively, the Devils hounded the Lions to the tune of 15 steals.