Blue Devils lose to New Paltz, 70-66

After the Fredonia Blue Devils led by as many as 13 in the first half, the New Paltz Hawks slowly worked their way back into the game and escaped Dods Hall with a 70-66 men’s basketball victory.

Fredonia pulled within two points with 21 seconds remaining, but could not get over the hump.

Ian Helps turned in another strong effort with 18 points and 15 boards. It was his sixth double-double of the season. Dante’ Williams added 12 points.

Midway through the first half, the Devils had built a 22-9 lead following baskets by De’Quan Smith on consecutive possessions. It was their biggest lead of the game.

By the half, New Paltz whittled the lead down to four points. From the 2:48 mark of the first half through the first six minutes of the second, New Paltz went on a 16-0 run to go up five, 39-34.

Three possessions later, the Devils regained the lead. A layup by Brian Baril gave Fredonia a 40-39 advantage.

It was short lived as a Matthew English jumper allowed New Paltz to regain the lead.

With 6:44 in the half, Jonathan McDonald nailed a turnaround floater to tie the game at 52.

Fredonia three times came within two points — the last coming at the 21-second mark.

Fredonia shot 42 percent from the floor, and New Paltz shot 41 percent. New Paltz had 14 points from the free-throw line to Fredonia’s 13. The Hawks won the rebounding battle, 40-34.

New Paltz (7-14, 4-10) was led by Dylan Balducci with 18 points. Three other Hawks scored 11.

Justin Tapper added nine points and eight rebounds for Fredonia, who dropped to 4-15 overall and 2-13 in the SUNYAC.

Women’s basketball

Hawks’ flurry of threes too much for Fredonia

The New Paltz three-point parade proved to be more than the Fredonia women’s basketball team could handle Saturday afternoon, as they defeated the Devils, 61-43. The Hawks used 13 three-point baskets to their advantage. Conversely, Fredonia was one of 18 from long distance.

For the Devils (8-14, 6-9), Jacque Law led the team with 13 points and six assists. Anna Chiacchia added 10 points and eight rebounds. Jenna Einink contributed six points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

For the Hawks (13-7, 9-4), Rachel Simon had five threes, and Lindsay Bettke and Marion Dietz both had three. Simon finished with a game-high 21 points, and Dietz had 14.

The first quarter was hotly contested with five lead changes and two ties. A pair of free throws by Law put the Devils up 8-7.

After the Hawks regained the lead, a layup late in the first by Sydney Turley tied the game at 16. Bettke then nailed a three to give the Hawks a 19-16 lead at the end of first. New Paltz held the lead the remainder of the game.

Simon made a three and a layup at the 8:08 mark of the second to put New Paltz up 24-16. They would lead 34-27 at the half. Simon had 18 points for the Hawks, including four of six from three-point range. Law led the Devils with eight points and four assists, and Einink had six points and six rebounds.

The Devils hung around late in the third. Following a pair of free throws by Chiacchia, they pulled within five points, 40-35, with 2:02 left. New Paltz closed the quarter up 48-37 when Dietz hit an off-balance buzzer beater.

The Hawks kept the lead in double digits the entire fourth quarter.

Prior to the game, Law was recognized for joining the 1,000-Point Club. She accomplished that feat last weekend on the road at Buffalo State. She is the 11th player in team history to reach that mark. She currently stands at 1,046 career points.

The team travels to Cortland and Oswego next weekend.

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