Law, Cheatham lead Devils to easy win

Jacque Law scored a season-high 19 points and Alexis Cheatham added 17 as the Fredonia women’s basketball team dominated play in the second half for a 77-40 win over visiting Alfred State, and improved to 9-1 on the season. Leading 38-27 at the break, the Devils allowed only 15 points the rest of the way, outscoring the Saxons 37-15 in the final two quarters.

Cheatham also dished out six helpers while Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) led all rebounders with 12 boards. Jamie Curry finished with 10 points and Emily Lasher had nine — all in the second half. Eleven different Blue Devils figured in the scoring column.

For Alfred (2-7), Amanda Off had 14 points and nine rebounds while Jamie Wilcox (Forestville/Pine Valley) had 10 points.

Alfred scored the game’s first basket before the Blue Devils went on a 13-0 run, finishing the first quarter with a 15-6 lead. Both teams picked up the pace in the second quarter with Fredonia outscoring Alfred, 23-21.

The Blue Devils put the game away in the third as Law accounted for 10 points in the quarter to give Fredonia a 24-point lead, 58-34.

Fredonia owned a 60-49 advantage on the boards, and converted nine threes to Alfred’s one. Cheatham accounted for three of the long-range buckets.

The Blue Devils shot 40 percent from the field, compared to 23 percent for Alfred. Fredonia limited Alfred to only a pair of field goals in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Fredonia travels to Plattsburgh and Potsdam next weekend to pick up conference play.

Men’s Basketball

De La Cruz leads Blue Devils to consolation win

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Richard De La Cruz was named to the Louis Fleming Basinger Memorial all-tournament team Friday afternoon after leading Fredonia to a 79-71 consolation game victory over Rosemont College.

De La Cruz finished with 22 points, including eight straight during a decisive stretch in the second half, while Ian Helps added 15 points and Dante’ Williams had 12. Nicc Johnson led the Blue Devils with 13 rebounds and five assists.

The teams traded the lead in the first half. A three-pointer by Williams gave the Blue Devils their largest lead, 23-16. Rosemont rallied with a 13-2 run to retake the lead, 29-25, before the Blue Devils went on a 10-5 run, including four points by Williams to close out the half. Fredonia led 35-34 at the break.

A layup by Rosemont’s Andrew Michaels forged a 39-39 tie early in the second half before Fredonia took control for good. The Blue Devils pushed their lead out to 63-53 over the next 10 minutes, punctuated by consecutive De La Cruz three-point baskets out of the left corner.

Following two Rosemont free throws, De La Cruz was on the receiving end of a press-breaker for a layup to reestablish a 10-point lead.

Rosemont twice pulled to within four points late in the game yet could get no closer.

The Blue Devils shot 44.4 percent from the field, including 50 percent in the second half (14 of 28). Led by Johnson’s 10 boards plus nine by Williams and eight by De La Cruz, they held a decisive 53-37 rebounding advantage.

With the win, Fredonia improved to 4-7 with a week of practice to prepare for their SUNYAC road trip to North Country next weekend. They visit Plattsburgh next Friday and Potsdam next Saturday. The Blue Devils are 1-3 in the conference.