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Men's basketball puts win streak on the line

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DATE: Thurs., Feb. 5, 2009

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Weekend preview 

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State men's basketball team takes a three-game winning streak into its SUNYAC road game Friday at Brockport. It's a rematch of the Blue Devils' most recent loss -- 67-48 in favor of Brockport on Jan. 24 at Steele Hall.

"I think my team," Fredonia State head coach Kevin Moore said, "has an entirely different perspective on this Brockport team after getting completely dominated by them just two weeks ago. We did not play with the intensity level that a team of their high caliber deserves but I am very confident that this time around we will be ready to play."

The Blue Devils (13-6, 7-5 SUNYAC) enter the weekend in sixth place in the conference. The top eight teams make the conference tournament. Brockport, meanwhile, is 6-12 overall and 2-7 in the conference.

The men's game is the nightcap of a Fredonia State-Brockport doubleheader, preceded by the women's game at 6 p.m. Friday. Several members of the Fredonia State track and field team are also competing Friday (and well as Saturday), while the Blue Devil men's hockey team is idle until Saturday night.

Here is a capsule look at each of those other teams:

MEN'S HOCKEY (Buffalo State, 7 p.m. Saturday) - With a pair of losses last weekend on the road, the Blue Devils (4-12-4, 2-7-3 SUNYAC) have put their SUNYAC playoff chances in dire straits. They are three points out of the sixth and final playoff spot with four conference games left to play. The visiting Bengals (8-10-3, 3-6-3 SUNYAC) are two points ahead in seventh place.

"There is not much that I can say," Blue Devil head coach Jeff Meredith said, "other than we are a team that needs a win. ... As everyone knows, we are in search of goals.  Even-strength, power-play, or short-handed we will take any and all."

The Blue Devils are likely to get a boost for two reasons - that Buffalo State is a rivalry game, and that it's Pink the Rink night at Steele Hall. The home team will wear pink jerseys and socks, and will auction off the jerseys after the game. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (at Brockport, 6 p.m. Friday) - Like the men, the Blue Devil women will be looking to split their season series with Brockport. The Golden Eagles were 56-52 winners on Jan. 24 at Steele and boost reigning SUNYAC player of the week Brenlyn Campbell. She (17.2 ppg.) is one of three Brockport women with double-figure scoring averages. Likewise, Fredonia State has three - junior Merissa Gaeta (Kirkwood/Windsor) at 14.5, senior Angela Pucciarelli (Fredonia) at 12.7, and junior Katie Landy (Jamestown/Southwestern) at 11.7

TRACK & FIELD (at New Balance Invitational, Friday and Saturday) - Seventeen Blue Devils will compete over the two days at the famed New York Armory. Among the athletes to watch are senior thrower Julia Hopson (Poughkeepsie/Arlington), who'll be up against some top throwers from NCAA Division I schools. Last year, Hopson and three teammates also set the school record in the women's indoor 4-by-200 meter relay. "The track is banked and produces some very fast times," Fredonia State head coach Liz Aldrich said.

Senior distance runner Tom Williams (Queensbury) took advantage of the banking to run personal-bests in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters last year. He is entered in both events again this weekend. Aldrich expects good results from junior Mike Kelley (Geneseo) in the triple jump and the long jump, and from the men's 4-by-400 relay of Aaron Borowczyk (Fredonia/Forestville), Steve Paternostro (Angola/Lake Shore), Nick Guarino (Bergen/Byron-Bergen), and David McMahill (Hemlock/Livonia).

Meet result updates will be available on the Armory Track website.


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