NEW PALTZ, NY — The SUNY New Paltz men’s basketball team put a halt to their ten-game losing streak with a 68-64 conference win over Fredonia this evening.
SUNY New Paltz (5-14, 2-9) had dropped their previous ten-game losing streak, which including seven consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) losses. SUNY New Paltz entered halftime down 39-32, but the Hawks went on a 12-5 run to open up the second half and knot the game at 44 with 13:48 remaining on the game clock. The SUNYAC foes battled back-and-forth, until junior guard Matt Irwin (Brooklyn, NY) hit a three-pointer with 5 minutes remaining to give SUNY New Paltz the one-point edge. The Hawks pushed their late lead to as many as six and held on for the 68-64 final.
Junior forward John Hauser (East Williston, NY) led all scores with a career-high 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, including a six-of-ten performance from behind the three-point line. Sophomore guard Jimmy Sugrue (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) continued his hot shooting from behind arch. Sugrue finished with a career-high 15 points hitting five-of-six three-point field goals. Over this conference weekend Sugrue has shot a combined 11-of-13 from three-point range. Irwin totaled eight points and four assists on the evening.
Fredonia (8-10, 3-7) had three players finish the contest in double figures. Junior guard Taha Alassari (Brooklyn, NY) scored a team-high 17 points, while senior forward Devin Watkins (Franklinville, NY) contributed 13 points. Senior guard Tim Anderson (Jamestown, NY) recorded a double-double posting 13 points and collecting 12 rebounds.
The SUNY New Paltz men’s basketball team will travel to Cortland on Saturday, February 4, for an 8:00 pm SUNYAC affair.