Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu
ALFRED, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College men’s basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday as the Cardinals fell to Empire 8 rival Alfred University, 103-88, inside the Terry S. Galanis Family Arena. With the loss, Fisher slipped to 13-7 on the season and 8-3 in the Empire 8 while Alfred moved to 15-4 overall and 8-2 against conference opposition.
The Cardinals fell behind early and were never able to recover after a hot start from the Saxons yielded a 54-37 lead at halftime courtesy of eight first half 3-pointers and nearly 70 percent shooting.
Trailing by 17 to begin the new half, Fisher would cut the deficit to 13 points with five minutes gone by, however, a 10-0 run by the Saxons pushed the gap to 23 points and would eventually balloon to 34. From there, Fisher began to chip away, but the damage had been done as the Cardinals suffered their first loss in two weeks as a result.
Sammy Robinson paced Fisher with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with five rebounds while Dylan Harrington (Irondequoit) added 11 points in all. James Leone added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists in the loss while Nick Klein contributed eight points off the bench. Ian Duncan, Ryan Henderson, and Mark Valeriani each chipped in with seven points apiece.
The Cardinals will look to start a new winning streak and improve their position in the conference standings at 7:30 p.m. on Friday when they travel down East Avenue to take on Nazareth College inside Kidera Gymnasium.