NEW PALTZ – — Paced by three players in double figures the Buffalo State men’s basketball team improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SUNYAC with a 74-64 win over SUNY New Paltz this afternoon at Elting Gym.
The Bengals received a game-high 23 points from sophomore guard Jeremy Konst (Williamsville, NY) and 17 points and 15 rebounds from junior guard Perry Davis (Buffalo, NY). Junior guard Joshua Becker (Hamburg, NY) was the third player in double figures for Buffalo State, finishing with 13 points.
Davis helped the Bengals take a 38-28 lead into the lockeroom after scoring eight of his team’s final 11 points in the first half. He then opend the second half with seven consecutive points as Buffalo State built a 45-32 lead with 16:30 to play The Bengals took their largest lead of the day on a three-point field goal by Konst at the 8:37 mark to make it 62-46. Konst made four three-point field goals and was 7-of-14 from the field.
The Hawks (1-5, 0-2) tried to chip away at Buffalo State’s lead and drew to within six on a free throw by sophomore forward Pete Ferenz (Huntington, NY) with 39 seconds remaining. The Bengals then hit 4-of-6 from the line in the closing seconds to pull away.
Senior guard Ben Davey (Andover, NJ) led New Paltz with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Junior center Steve Ott (New Paltz, NY) collected nine points for the Hawks who will travel to Bronx, NY to face Lehman on Tuesday night (Dec. 10).