Devils can’t complete comeback

BROCKPORT — Down by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, the Fredonia women’s basketball team tied the game late in the fourth quarter before falling to Brockport, 60-55, on Friday.

Four Devils scored in double digits, led by Jacque Law with 15. Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) had 11, and Justice Nauden and Sydney Turley had 10 apiece. Anna Chiacchia had a team-high seven rebounds.

Following a three pointer by Schuyler Laux, Brockport led 42-24 with 7:41 left in the third quarter for its largest margin of the game.

Fredonia scored the next 13 points with Law accounting for nine over that stretch. A pair of free throws by Brockport’s Zaria McCullough broke the string and gave Brockport a 44-37 lead.

At that point, through the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter, Fredonia went on an 8-1 run to tie the game at 45-all following a layup by Chiacchia with 6:51 to go. All told, the Devils used a 21-3 spurt to fight back into the game.

With 20 seconds left to play, Nauden connected on a pair of free throws as the Devils pulled within two, 56-54. However, the Golden Eagles connected on all four free throw opportunities to hang on.

Brockport improved to 4-9 overall and 2-5 in the SUNYAC. Laux led all scorers with 25 and Emily Nestler had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Fredonia shot 18 of 55 from the floor, with Brockport going 20 of 55. The Devils shot 70 percent from the line compared to 69 percent for Brockport. Fredonia committed 15 turnovers to Brockport’s 19. Brockport’s biggest edge came from long range, as they were nine of 23 while Fredonia was three of 12.

Fredonia drops to 6-9 and 4-4 in the conference. The women return home today to take on SUNYAC-frontrunner Geneseo. Tip off is slated for 5 p.m. in Dods Hall.

Men’s basketball

Fredonia edged by Brockport

BROCKPORT — The Fredonia men’s basketball team clinged to a one-point lead in the final minute, but could not hold on in a 71-69 loss at Brockport on Friday. The Devils had led by as much as 25 in the first half.

Ian Helps had 14 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Blue Devils. Jonathan McDonald had 13 points, nine boards, and four assists, and Kay Jackson had 12 points. Jackson was five of 11 from three-point range.

Fredonia held a 13 point lead, 32-19, with 4:04 remaining in the first. They then went on a 12-0 run to take their largest lead of the game, 44-19. Helps, McDonald, and Jackson provided all 12 points. Brockport converted one free throw before the half ended.

McDonald had 11 in the first half, and Helps had 10.

Brockport flipped the script in the second half, opening on a 20-5 run to pull within nine, 49-40, with 11:19 to go.

The Golden Eagles tied the game at 58 on a three pointer by Hamed Shamselding with 5:31 left.

Fredonia bounced back on a 9-1 run and held a 67-59 advantage with just over three-and-a-half minutes to play.

Fredonia’s final lead came with 20 seconds left, 69-68. Shamseldin converted a layup to give Brockport the lead. After a missed shot by Fredonia, Shamseldin made one of two free throws to close out the scoring.

Both teams shot 44 percent from the floor. Fredonia struggled with a five for 11 (46 percent) effort from the free-throw line. Brockport was 15 of 25 (60 percent). The Blue Devils dominated on the boards, 46-31.

Brockport (11-3 overall, 6-1 SUNYAC) was led by Shamseldin with 23 points and Justin Summers went for 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Devils (2-12, 0-8) are home today against Geneseo. Game time for the men is 7 p.m. in Dods Hall.

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