The Fredonia State men's basketball team defeated Potsdam, 87-61, to claim its first SUNYAC victory of the season. Along the way senior Tyrone Clark tied a 19-year old record with 45 points in the game. A few hours earlier, the women's team saw Becky Hebert set that team's career mark.
After shooting a mere three of nine for nine points in the first half, the senior captain caught fire early in the second half. He made a layup to start the frame, but would not score again until the 15-minute mark. Over the next seven minutes, Clark went off for 27 points.
Clark hit on five of six three pointers, then capped the spurt with a thunderous dunk at the 8:23 mark to put the Devils up 73-43. That concluded a 49-11 run.
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Fredonia State’s John Kovach goes up for a shot while being surrounded by a pair of Potsdam defenders during their SUNYAC?men’s college basketball game.
Clark's final stat line included eight steals, seven rebounds, eight-of-eight shooting from the line and five-of-nine from beyond the arc. He was 16 of 24 from the field. All told, 36 of his points came in the second half.
The high-water mark was originally set by Chris Hughey in 1985 vs. Daemen College.
Markus Williams added 11 points, and John Kovach had 10. Robert Lyles was credited with six assists.
As a team, the Devils connected on 12 of 20 three pointers. Erik Zwierlein nailed three long-range jumpers.
Potsdam (0-8 SUNYAC, 2-13 overall) was led by Rob Duquette with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Devils (1-7, 4-11) conclude the weekend series at 4 p.m. this afternoon vs. Plattsburgh.