Rally Falls Short

The Alfred State men's basketball team trailed by as many as 22 points but was able to rally and cut the lead to four but Mercyhurst North East ended the game on a 10-1 to earn a 70-57 victory in a WNYAC contest on Tuesday.  MNE improves to 13-11 (5-6 WNYAC) while the Pioneers are 6-18 (1-10 WNYAC).

The Pioneers shot 26.7% and turned the ball over 11 times in the 1st half to find themselves in a 42-23 hole at halftime.  The Saints hit a three to start the 2nd half to establish a 22 point lead before the Pioneers went on a run over the next 17 minutes to get back in the game.  After a 33 to 18 run, Alfred State cut the lead to 60-56 with two minutes remaining.  MNE hit their foul shots down the stretch and finished off the victory on a 10-1 run.

Pat Parker (Queens/Hillcrest) and Rasheem Creech (Brooklyn/Transit Tech) each finished with 14 for the Pioneers.  Alex Hall (Jamaica/Forest Hill) added 10 points and nine rebounds, Thomas Stein (Caledonia Mumford) had seven points, and DaQuan Allen (Brooklyn/Boys & Girls) chipped in seven points and six assists.

Ben Jones led four Saints scorers in double figures with 21 points.

The blue & gold return home on Thursday when they host Monroe CC at 7:30 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center.

Newspaper Box Score
Alfred State College vs Mercyhurst NE
2/14/12 7:30PM at North East, PA
At North East, PA
MERCYHURST NE 70, ALFRED STATE COLLEGE 57
ALFRED STATE COLLEGE (6-18, 1-10 WNYAC)
Parker, Patrick 5-14 3-4 14; Creech, Rasheem 5-10 0-0 14; Hall, Alex 5-14
0-0 10; Stein, Thomas 3-4 1-2 7; Allen, DaQuan 2-11 3-4 7; Brown, Kennan 1-2
0-0 3; Charles, Dashino 1-7 0-0 2; Koyama, Shohei 0-1 0-0 0; Pole, Vaughn
0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-64 7-10 57.
MERCYHURST NE (13-11, 5-6 WNYAC)
Ben Jones 6-14 6-6 21; Dejuan McGaughy 5-12 5-7 17; Geovonte Rose 1-6 9-10
11; Anthony Jones 5-13 0-0 10; Camerin Nesbit 3-5 1-2 7; Dainan Lewis 2-3
0-0 4; Wesley Henry 0-1 0-0 0; Malcolm Weston 0-2 0-0 0; Kevin Allen 0-1 0-0
0; Samer Newsome 0-1 0-0 0; Arthur Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 21-25 70.
Alfred State College..........   23   34  -   57
Mercyhurst NE.................   42   28  -   70
3-point goals--Alfred State College 6-25 (Creech, Rasheem 4-6; Brown, Kennan
1-2; Parker, Patrick 1-6; Allen, DaQuan 0-2; Charles, Dashino 0-3; Pole,
Vaughn 0-1; Hall, Alex 0-5), Mercyhurst NE 5-20 (Ben Jones 3-10; Dejuan
McGaughy 2-6; Anthony Jones 0-1; Malcolm Weston 0-2; Kevin Allen 0-1).
Fouled out--Alfred State College-None, Mercyhurst NE-None. Rebounds--Alfred
State College 40 (Hall, Alex 9), Mercyhurst NE 43 (Geovonte Rose 14).
Assists--Alfred State College 13 (Allen, DaQuan 6), Mercyhurst NE 18 (Dejuan
McGaughy 7). Total fouls--Alfred State College 16, Mercyhurst NE 8.
Technical fouls--Alfred State College-None, Mercyhurst NE-Dejuan McGaughy.