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Williams' three beats buzzer, Brockport
Monday, January 18, 2016

Williams' three beats buzzer, Brockport

Dante Williams

Dante Williams' (Buffalo /Hutch Tech) long, arching three found nothing but net as time expired in overtime to give the Blue Devils a thrilling 85-82 win over Brockport on Saturday.

Following a layup by Brockport's Devon Gavin to tie the game at 82 with 7.0 seconds to play, the Devils inbounded a the ball and called time out with 2.9 seconds left. Williams took the inbounds and nailed the contested three from well behind the line to win the game. Williams would finish the game with 13 points and six rebounds.

Ian Helps (Bronx/Greater New York Academy) added 28 points, 11 boards and four assists to lead Fredonia in all three categories. Kareem Brown (Brooklyn/Brooklyn H.S. for Law & Tech) added 13 points, and Kasean Jackson (Ridgewood/Grover Cleveland) had 10 off the bench.

Brockport (8-5 overall, 3-3 SUNYAC) was led by Gavin with 28 points and Hamed Shamseldin with 19.

Fredonia led most of the first half, its biggest lead of eight, 24-16, following a layup by Williams. Brockport eventually tied the game at 33 on a three by Clifton Lyerly. The Blue Devils held a 40-36 lead at the break.

Brockport's first lead of the game, 51-50, came midway through the second half following a layup by David Clark. Neither team led by more than four points the entire second half.

Tied 69-all, Fredonia had a chance for the win in regulation. Jackson fired up a long three that spun out of the rim as time expired.

In a fast-paced overtime, the Devils outscored Brockport 16-13, with Helps accounting for eight points and Williams for five. Brockport's Shamselding and Gavin had six apiece in the overtime, going six of seven from the floor and taking all of Brockport's shots. The Eagle's undoing was a paltry one for seven in free-throw attempts. Fredonia was five of seven from the charity stripe in the extra time.

For the game, both teams were credited with 45 rebounds and five three pointers. Fredonia shot 48 percent from the field while Brockport hit on 37 percent of its field goals. The biggest advantage came from the line. The Blue Devils were 20 of 24 (83 percent), while Brockport was 13 of 32 (41 percent).

The Devils improve to 4-9 overall and 3-4 in conference play. They travel to Buffalo State on Tuesday.

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