Cook scores career-high; Fisher men down Houghton

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Just days after scoring a career-high 36 points last week, sophomore big man Daniel Cook continued his hot streak with 38 points on Tuesday in an 85-64 win over visiting Houghton College in an Empire 8 battle inside Manning and Napier Varsity Gymnasium on Bobby Wanzer Court.  With the victory, Fisher pushed its winning streak to five games and moved to 7-1 on the season while remaining unbeaten in conference play at 7-0.  The Highlanders slipped to 1-6 overall and against Empire 8 opponents following the defeat.

Cook dominated all game as the reigning Empire 8 Player of the Week fell just two points short of matching the program’s all-time mark for the most points scored in a single game. In all, the Honeoye Falls native was 14-of-20 and 9-of-11 from the free throw line.  Cook also hauled in a career-best 17 rebounds to earn his sixth double-double in eight games.

Brendan Trapper added 10 points and four rebounds in win while Sean Williams chipped in with eight points and a game-high four steals in 16 minutes of play.  Mark Valeriani and Nick Klein each netted six points.

After battling back and forth over the first 20 minutes of play, the Cardinals held a slight lead heading into the second half of play. Fisher looked to seize the momentum early as the Cardinals orchestrated a 7-3 run fueled by five points from Cook, but the Highlanders countered with five unanswered points of their own to pull to within one, 41-40.

Clinging to a one-point margin, Fisher went to work inside with the 1-2 punch of Cook and Trapper scoring 10 of the game’s next 12 points to extend the Cardinals’ lead to nine, 51-42, with just over 12 minutes left to play.

As the half wore on, the Highlanders would cut the deficit to three points, 54-51, but had no answer on the other end as Fisher buried seven of its next eight shots and went on a 21-5 run that included nine points from Cook for a 19-point cushion.

With under two minutes to play in regulation, Houghton made it a 14-point Fisher lead, but ran out of time as the Cardinals capped off the game with seven straight points including a fast break dunk by freshman Matt Lettko to remain atop the Empire 8 standings.

In all, head coach Mike Grosodonia II‘s team was 19-for-24 from the free throw stripe and out-rebounded the Highlanders, 40-27.

Fisher will hit her road again for its next challenge at 7 p.m. on Thursday as the Cardinals go for their sixth win in a row when they take on the Keuka College Wolves in another Empire 8 contest.

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