POTSDAM, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (3-5, 1-3 SUNYAC) defeated Fredonia State (4-5, 1-3 SUNYAC), 78-54, in Welsh Gymnasium Friday afternoon. Senior guard Mark Lake, Jr. led the Bears with 20 points and five assists. Senior guard Curtis Pierce added 18 points and four boards.
Junior forward Rob Duquette put the Bears on the board first with a basket 21 seconds into the contest. Four minutes later, Lake drilled a three pointer to spark a 7-0 Potsdam run. The Blue Devils chipped away at the lead and were able to cut the Bears' advantage to one with 1:16 remaining. However, a three pointer by Pierce and a quick layup by Lake as time expired gave Potsdam a 34-26 lead at the half.
“I thought that both teams came out and showed that they had played tough games the night before,” said Head Coach Sherry Dobbs. “We were a bit sluggish to start the game but we had a nice spurt at the end of the first half. I thought that really propelled us going into the second half.”
The Bears used the momentum going into the second half to build a comfortable lead over the Blue Devils. Senior forward Corey Ellis grabbed an offensive board and converted on a layup with 16:27 remaining to spark a 12-0 run for Potsdam. Junior guard Zach Edwards stopped the bleeding for Fredonia at the 12:01 mark. However, the deficit proved to be too great for the Blue Devils to recover. A good layup by junior forward Colin Peterson with 3:06 left in the final half extended the Bears lead to 25 and sealed the 78-54 victory.
“I thought we did a nice job in the second half with switching screens and getting out in transition,” said Dobbs. “I think we were able to generate some momentum and the guys were able bounced back from last night. It was a good win going into the Holiday break.”
The Bears shot 50% from the floor and 70% from the charity stripe. Potsdam caused 28 turnovers, while being out rebounded 28 to 35.
Fredonia shot 42% from the floor and only 46% from the free throw line. Freshman forward John Kovach (Shoreham, N.Y. / Shoreham-Wading River) led the Blue Devils with 15 points.
The Bears are back in action after the break when they travel to Manhattanville and Ramapo on Jan. 5-6.