Men’s basketball downs Fredonia, 83-75


Dave DeLuca/The Record

The Bengals nearly blew a 21 point lead in the second half, but pulled it out to defeat Cortland.

Jahvon Graham, Reporter

The Buffalo State men’s basketball went on the road to Fredonia looking to get their SUNYAC record above the .500 mark. After a slow start trailing by five early in the contest, the Bengals used a 14-3 run to get a lead and never looked back to get the win and rise above the threshold.

Going into halftime the Bengals held a seven-point lead, 42-35. They quickly pounced on Fredonia coming out of halftime going up by as much as 21 in the second half and cruised to a 83-75 victory. The victory pushed their record to 13-6 (7-6 SUNYAC).

Last game against Geneseo the Bengals struggles from the three-point line as they only shot 32 percent from behind the arc. The Bengals shot 45 percent from the arc this game hitting nine of their 20 attempts. It was an efficient shooting game overall, as they shot 57 percent from the field.

Mike Henry was the teams leading scorer for the game with 22 points shooting 8 of 10 from the field with eight rebounds and four assist. Lovell Smith added 17 points shooting 7 of 10 from the field.

Though the shooting game for the Bengals was excelling, the free throw stripe as a different story. They were 61 percent from the line making 14 of 23 attempts. That is an area of the game where they can certainly get better at. In close game free throw shooting can be the difference between a win and a lost. Luckily this game was not close enough for it to decide the game.

Next up for the Bengals are back-to-back road games in Oneonta and New Paltz Feb. 3 and Feb. 4.

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