Men top Alfred U., women squander lead


In the loss to Oswego, Buffalo State clinches a SUNYAC playoff berth. Though it is determined It will not have a home playoff game.

Andrew David Kuczkowski, Sports Editor

The game was well in hand for the Buffalo State women’s basketball team (3-2), up by 11 with only 5:27 left in the fourth quarter. But then the drought struck. For 8:24, the Bengals scored zero points, which allowed the comeback and ultimately, the Alfred State overtime win, 56-54.

Fourth quarter questions

In two losses this season, Buffalo State failed to secure the win after leading. Against Nazareth, the Bengals held a lead for most of the fourth, until a Nazareth run of 11-5 in the final 2:56 in the game. On Tuesday night, Alfred State made a much more significant comeback netting 11 and allowing zero points in a five-minute span.

Shooting slumps

The shooting percentage the Lady Bengals ended with was 22.1 percent. It was an improvement from halftime’s 17.5 percent, but nothing to boast. The team’s best shooter of the night was junior Caleh McLean, who shot 8-22 for 23 points with sophomore Aaliyah Graham in second, shooting 4-16. Only one more player shot higher than 25 percent.

Buffalo State moves on to face Plattsburgh at the Sports Arena on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


The Buffalo State men’s basketball team (4-0) ran away with the win against Alfred University Tuesday Night. The 95-77 victory was the result of the Bengals’ efficient shooting and lack of turnovers. The Bengals were led by senior Lovell Smith’s 22 points, with senior Nico McLean adding 20 points.

Possession is Bengals’ priority

Buffalo State didn’t give up many turnovers. It only added to the team’s shot total and with their shot efficiency that simply means more points. The Bengals got 19 takeaways while giving up the ball seven times. This converted to 24 points off of turnovers compared to Alfred University’s 12.

Starters getting prime minutes

In most one-sided affairs, the bench sees optimal playing time. However, with the season coming into full swing and conference play around the corner, starters were on the court for the majority of the match. This led to the starting five having spiked stats. Besides Smith and McLean’s 20-plus scores, senior Mike Henry netted 17 points, senior Jordan Chateau contributed 10 points and senior Jordan Glover rounded it out with nine.

Friday, Dec. 2, the Bengals will host Game 1 of their SUNYAC schedule against Plattsburgh at 5:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena with Potsdam coming in on Saturday. Tip off will be at around 2 p.m.

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