Blue Devil women, men earn road sweeps

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POTSDAM — Fredonia jumped out early and led wire to wire in dropping Potsdam 73-47 on Saturday. Eleven different players scored, led by 15 apiece from Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) and Khee Nance (Dunkirk). Einink added eight rebounds.

The win completed a 4-0 weekend for the men’s and women’s teams, the first time both squads completed road sweeps of Plattsburgh and Potsdam in school history, dating back to 1982-83.

The Devils held Potsdam to just five points in the first quarter, and six in the second. By halftime, the Devils had built a 39-11 lead, putting the game out of reach.

Einink scored 11 points in the first half on five of six shooting, including six of the Devils’ first 10 points. Potsdam shot just four of 27 from the floor, including 0 for 12 from three-point range in the half.

Alexis Cheatham finished the game with eight points and had four assists for the Devils. The Devils won the battle on the boards, 53-40.

Potsdam (1-9, 0-6 SUNYAC) was led by Abbey LaPage with 17 points. Emily Drake had 11 rebounds.

Fredonia improves to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the SUNYAC. This sets up a showdown between conference leaders Fredonia and Geneseo on Tuesday at Steele Hall.

Geneseo stands at 5-0 in the SUNYAC and 11-0 overall. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m., following the men’s game.

Men’s Basketball

Devils gaining momentum, drop Bears, 70-61

POTSDAM — Dante Williams scored 24 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as the Fredonia men’s basketball team made it a North Country sweep this weekend, dropping Potsdam, 70-61. Ian Helps added 16 points as the Devils evened their conference record at 3-3, and improved to 6-7 overall.

It was the first time since the 2011-12 season that the men recorded a sweep in their furthest SUNYAC road trip, having defeated Plattsburgh the night before.

The game stayed close throughout. Fredonia’s biggest lead of the first half — seven points — came at 15-8 with 12:29 left to play. Potsdam never led in the half, but did tie the game late in the frame at 29-all. A pair of free throws by Fredonia’s De’Quan Smith to close out the period gave the Devils a 31-29 lead at intermission.

A pair of layups by the Bears to start the second half gave Potsdam its first lead of the game, 33-31. There would be six more ties by the halfway point of the half, the last one coming at 44-all.

Richard De La Cruz connected on a pair of free throws before Potsdam’s Serigne Kane nailed a three to give the Bears a 47-46 lead — their final lead in the game — with 9:40 remaining.

The Devils answered with a 6-0 run that included a layup by Helps, two free throws by Kareem Brown and a layup by Hodge put the Devils up by five, 52-47.

Late in the game with Fredonia nursing a 60-57 lead with 2:18 remaining, the Devils rattled off six straight to put the game away. A layup by De La Cruz and four-of-four shooting from the line by Williams and Nicc Johnson put the Devils up nine, 66-57.

Johnson would also finish with the game’s final basket in the closing seconds to give the final.

Both teams grabbed 40 rebounds, had 10 assists, and recorded four blocks. Fredonia had 13 turnovers and six steals compared to 14 turnovers and seven steals by Potsdam.

Just like the previous night, the Devils’ big advantage came from superior shooting. They outshot Potsdam 45 percent to 33 percent from the floor, and were 19 of 24 (79 percent) from the free throw line. Potsdam was just nine of 18 from the charity stripe.

Potsdam (1-10, 0-5 SUNYAC) received 17 points from Jayquan Thomas while Kane added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Willaims’ 24 points marked a career high for the junior. His 10 rebounds matched his personal best. He shot seven of 13 from the floor, including a pair of threes, and was eight of 10 from the line.

De La Cruz was held to only four points, but led the team with four assists and added seven boards.

The Devils have only a couple days off before returning to Steele Hall on Tuesday. They take on Geneseo at 5:30 p.m. as part of a men’s-women’s SUNYAC doubleheader.

Men’s Hockey

Devils tie Stevenson, 2-2

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Fredonia and Stevenson played to a 2-2 overtime tie Saturday afternoon in collegiate men’s hockey.

After leading 2-0, the Blue Devils (4-7-2) hung on after falling 5-4 Friday in overtime.

The Blue Devils took the lead behind goals by Jacob Haynes and Hunter Long and the goaltending of Anton Rosen.

Haynes scored his third goal in two games — and his sixth of the season — to put Fredonia on top midway through the first period. Long’s first goal of the season came during a five-minute power play late in the second period.

Stevenson did all its scoring in the third period. Alfred Panelin-Borg made it 2-1 before Christian Ripley evened the score at 2-2.

The Mustangs (6-5-2), who killed off the better part of the five-minute major, also killed off a minor penalty during the overtime.

Rosen, a freshmen, made 19 saves while making his first collegiate start. Jacob Caffrey made 28 saves for the Mustangs.

The Blue Devils open a four-game homestand when they entertain Western New England at 4 p.m. Friday in the Steele Hall Ice Arena.