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Cortland’s hot shooting leads to Devils’ defeat

Special to the OBSERVER

CORTLAND — The Cortland Red Dragons shot 54 percent from the floor, and went 17 of 36 (47 percent) from three-point range in defeating Fredonia State, 96-66, on Saturday. Tyler Roberts led the Devils with 17 points and had three assists, and De’Quan Smith added 15 points. Dydy Bryan added 13 points, five steals, and four assists.

Cortland opened the game with back-to-back three pointers. The Devils would battle back and take an 11-10 lead. Smith nailed a three pointer at the 13:38 mark to give the Devils their only lead of the game.

Cortland scored the next 10 points. By the half, the Dragons expanded their lead to 54-33.

For Fredonia, Roberts would collect four three-point baskets, and Smith had three. The Devils could not match Cortland’s hot shooting, connecting on 33 percent of their shots.

Cortland improved to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the SUNYAC. Austin Grunder turned in a 25-point, 18-rebound performance. Ryan Schmadel finished the game with six three pointers and 22 points.

Fredonia State (3-6 / 0-3) is back in SUNYAC action on Tuesday with a third-straight road game at Geneseo.

WOMEN: Dragons run past Devils

CORTLAND — The Cortland Red Dragons downed the Fredonia State women’s basketball team, 84-45, on Saturday. Morgan Davis led the Devils with 12 points and five rebounds, and Lauren Mickley added nine points. Katie Pitcher had five rebounds. Fredonia evens it record to 5-5, and falls to 1-2 in the SUNYAC.

Cortland stayed atop the SUNYAC, improving to 4-0 in the league and 10-1 overall. They were led by Shannon McGuire with 19 points.

Fredonia State held an early 8-6 lead, but a 12-point run by Cortland put them in command. They led 21-13 at the end of the first quarter 38-21 at the half.

Cortland outshot the Devils 12-3 from three-point range and held a 41-30 advantage in rebounds. The Devils committed 26 turnovers to Cortland’s 12.

Fredonia State is back in SUNYAC action on Tuesday with a road game at Geneseo.

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