Starting SUNYAC play
Fredonia State basketball drops league openers in Brockport
BROCKPORT — The Fredonia State women’s basketball team dropped its SUNYAC opener, 54-46, at Brockport on Tuesday. Freshman Mary Culeton (Oswego/Oswego) registered a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Pitcher (Fulton, N.Y./Hannibal) added 13 points and Renee Park (Union Springs, N.Y./Union Springs) had 10 points, three assists, and two steals. The Devils fell to 5-2, and 0-1 in the conference.
Brockport improved to 6-1 and 1-0. They were led by Chelsea Henry with 15 points and eight rebounds. Erin Radack added 13 points, and Erin Nolan had 12 rebounds.
The first quarter was about as evenly played as could be. There were three lead changes and three ties, with neither team leading by more than four points. Brockport was up 16-14 at the end of the period. Fredonia State’s biggest lead was at 12-8 following a three by Culeton. Brockport closed the frame on an 8-2 run.
Brockport would outscore the Devils 13-10 in the second quarter, taking a 29-24 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter saw offensive struggles on both sides with each team scoring seven points. With Brockport up 35-28 with 6:55 left to play in the quarter, both teams had a four-and-a-half-minute scoring drought. Morgan Davis (Allegany/Allegany-Limestone) muscled in for a layup to bring the Devils within three points. Brockport headed into the final frame up five, 36-31.
Park opened the scoring in the fourth connecting on a pair of free throws, as the Devils were within three points, 36-33.
Brockport then made the only real run of the game, outscoring Fredonia State 11-2 to take its biggest lead to that point following a three pointer by Radack. They would stretch the lead to 14 when Radack made a layup at the 4:24 mark.
Brockport maintained a double-digit lead until Park capped the scoring with a three pointer to end the game.
The Devils held a 46-43 lead in rebounding. The Devils shot just 28 percent from the floor, while the Golden Eagles connected on 33 percent of their shots.
Fredonia State heads home to Dods Hall this weekend. They take on Geneseo on Friday, and Cortland on Saturday.
FREDONIA STATE 71, HOUGHTON 54
Freshman Mackenna Nechwedowich (Berkshire, N.Y./Newark Valley) had the best game of her young career, going for 19 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench as the Devils put together a strong second half, downing Houghton, 71-54.
Senior Katie Pitcher (Fulton/Hannibal) added 19 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Mickley (Danville, Ohio/Danville) had 10 points, and Mary Culeton (Oswego/Oswego) added 17 rebounds and six assists.
The Devils trailed by a point at the half before outscoring Houghton by 18 points in the second half.
Houghton was led by Amanda Jackson with 14 points, and Carlee Miller and Alexis Klohr each had 10 points.
The first quarter belonged to Houghton. Both teams connected on six field goals, but Houghton nailed 5-10 three pointers and went 4-4 from the line. Fredonia State did not connect on a three and converted 1-2 free throws.
Houghton led for most of the half. The Devil’s only lead came after a Renee Park (Union Springs/Union Springs) jumper made it 12-11 with 2:33 left in the first. Park would finish with seven points and five rebounds.
Houghton held a 21-13 lead after one period of play.
Houghton’s biggest lead of the game would come midway through the second quarter. A 5-0 run put them up, 26-15.
From there, the Devils would step up their play and begin to take control of the game. They finished the half outscoring Houghton 16-6, and trailed by a single point at the break, 32-31.
Pitcher led the Devils with 10 points midway through.
Pitcher opened the third quarter with a three-point play to give the Devils their second lead of the game. After a layup by Houghton’s Klohr tied the game at 34-all, Pitcher scored on the next possession to give the Devils the lead for good. Nechwedowich scored nine points in the third quarter to push the Devils out to a 48-40 lead.
An 8-2 run to open the third effectively put the game away for the Devils.
After Houghton started off the game 5-10 from three-point range, they connected on only five of their next 23 attempts. Fredonia State took advantage of the misses, accumulating a season-high 59 rebounds.
The Devils improved to 5-1 and the Highlanders fall to 2-3.
BROCKPORT 75, FREDONIA STATE 65
BROCKPORT — The Fredonia State men’s basketball team dropped a 75-65 game at Brockport on Tuesday. A quartet of Devils scored in double digits, led by Dydy Bryan (Brooklyn/Boys & Girls) with 16 points. My’Kell Kaigler (Liverpool/Bishop Ludden) added 11 and six steals, and Marquis Tubman (Brooklyn/Erasmus Hall) and Jackson Brown (Latham/Catholic Central) scored 10 apiece. Bryan and Brown both had three steals.
Brockport (4-1,1-0) was led by Jahidi Wallace with 17 points and Antonio Alvarez with 16.
The Devils jumped out to a quick lead and found themselves up 14-7 five minutes into the game.
Brockport would tie the game at 16, before the Devils used a layup by Bryan to regain the lead. The Devils last lead of the half would come at 24-22.
Tied at 34-all, Brockport used a pair of free throws to take a 36-34 lead into the break.
A free throw by Kaigler and layup by Tubman to open the second half gave the Devils a 37-36 lead. The teams would find themselves tied at 39 before Brockport would go on a 9-0 run and take the lead for good.
A pair of free throws by Tubman at the midway point brought the Devils within four points, 55-51, but they would get no closer.
The Devils outrebounded Brockport, 44-41, with Jacob Hougan (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) leading the team with seven.
The Devils (0-7 / 0-1) head home this weekend for SUNYAC contests vs. Geneseo on Friday and Cortland on Saturday.
RIT 77, FREDONIA STATE 71
ROCHESTER — The Fredonia State men’s basketball team dropped a 77-71 game at R.I.T. on Sunday in the Consolation game of the Brodie Tournament. Marquis Tubman (Brooklyn/Erasmus Hall) led the Devils with 15 points and Dydy Bryan (Brooklyn/Boys & Girls) and My’Kell Kaigler (Liverpool/Bishop Ludden) had 12 apiece. Bryan added a team high eight rebounds and three assists.
Kaigler got the scoring going with a three pointer and a layup giving the Devils a 5-0 lead to open the game. R.I.T. tied the game at 7-all.
From that point until R.I.T took a 33-32 lead, there would be nine lead changes and four more ties. With 4:39 left in the half, Kevin Ryan made a free throw to tie the game, then one that would give R.I.T. the lead for good.
To end the first, the Tigers would outscore Fredonia State 11-6 to give them a 43-38 lead at the break.
The game stayed close in the second half. A three by Tubman brought the Devils to within a point, 48-47
The Tigers would answer by going on an 11-2 run to take its biggest lead to that point, 59-49.
The Devils kept the game close, pulling within a two points at the 2:36 mark. Bryan hit a pair of free throws cutting the lead to 69-67.
The Devils could not mount a significant rally to overcome the hosts.
R.I.T. shot 41 percent from the floor to the Devils 40 percent. They hit eight threes to the Devils seven, and won the battle on the boards, 41-36.
Jackson Brown (Latham/Catholic Central) was named to the All Tournament Team. He finished the day with nine points On Saturday, he poured in a career-best 21 points.
FREDONIA STATE 2, NAZARETH 2
ROCHESTER — The Fredonia State hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie at Nazareth on Tuesday evening. Gregg Lee (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel) and Antonio Demacopoulos (Hickory Hills, Ill./Amos Alonzo Stagg) both scored goals, and Zach Willms (Camrose, Alberta/Camrose Composite) made his first start in net, collecting 45 saves.
Nazareth struck first, connecting 12 minutes into the first period with Mike Herrera finding the net.
The Devils scored twice in the second period.
Lee received assists from Ryan Bailey (Anchorage, Alaska/South Anchorage) and Kieran Furlonger (Mill Bay, B.C./Shawnigan Lake) 35 seconds in.
Demacopoulos tied the game with four-and-a-half minutes left in the second. He received an assist from Ethan Kirbis (Clarence/Clarence)
Nazareth scored the game-tying goal with just over seven minutes left in the game.
The teams then skated through a five-minute, three-on-three overtime without any goals scored. Nazareth’s David Reduzzi made four saves and Willms had three.
Fredonia State was 0-3 on power plays, and Naz failed to score on two power plays.
Reduzzi made 30 saves in the game. The Golden Eagles are now 2-4-2 on the season.
The Devils, now 4-3-1, take on Geneseo in Steele Hall on Dec. 3.