|By Scott Elliott|
ALFRED, N.Y. - Alfred State scored 57 second-half points Tuesday night, erasing an 11-point halftime deficit in the process, to defeat the Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team 90-66.
It was very much of a game of two halves as the Panthers led 44-33 at the break behind eight first-half threes. Christian Kelly-Perkins was a perfect 4-4 from long distance, and the Panthers shot 46 percent from the floor.
And then the second half started. Alfred State cut the deficit to 48-43 three and a half minutes in, and Juwan Toliver’s basket with 11:26 remaining tied the game at 52. The Pioneers jumped ahead for good two possessions later, and a string of eight straight points extended their lead to 69-57 with 5:55 left.
The Panthers pulled within seven, 72-65, on Fateem Brockington’s triple, but Pitt-Bradford would fail to score a basket over the final 4:24.
Alfred State shot 59 percent in the second half, going 23-39 from the floor, including 5-8 from behind the arc. The Pioneers outscored the Panthers 28-10 in the paint during the frame and netted 17 points off 12 Pitt-Bradford turnovers.
The Blue and Gold managed just nine made baskets over the final period, shooting a dismal 33 percent, and were 2-11 from three. Pitt-Bradford finished the night shooting 41 percent overall.
Alfred State outrebounded the Panthers by four and scored 20 second-chance points. For the game, the Pioneers held a 46-24 scoring advantage in the paint and went to the line 18 times compared to just four for Pitt-Bradford.
Kelly-Perkins finished with a team-high 17 points on 6-11 shooting, and Evan Greening added 14 points and nine rebounds. Brockington scored 10 points, and Sahlil Harris handed out eight assists.
Pitt-Bradford falls to 8-9 on the season and resumes AMCC play Saturday at Franciscan.
Kelly-Perkins 6-0-0-17, Greening 7-0-0-14, Brockington 4-1-2-10, Kinsey 3-0-0-6, Welch 2-0-0-6, Atkinson 1-1-2-4, Harris 1-0-0-3, Niedermeyer 1-0-0-2, Sutton 1-0-0-2, Haenel 1-0-0-2, Tennies 0-0-0-0, Reigel 0-0-0-0, Dahlstrand 0-0-0-0. 27-2-4-66.
ALFRED STATE (90)
Edwards 8-0-0-19, Chambers 8-0-1-17, Jordan 5-3-5-13, Toliver 4-4-6-13, Rhett 4-2-2-10, T. Davis 2-3-4-7, D. Davis 3-0-0-6, Miller-LaBar 1-0-0-3, Flemming 1-0-0-2, Freeman 0-0-0-0, Wallace 0-0-0-0, Franklin 0-0-0-0, Tash 0-0-0-0, Rollison 0-0-0-0, Boston 0-0-0-0. 36-12-18-90.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 44-33
3-Point FG's: Pitt-Bradford - Kelly Perkins 5, Welch 2, Brockington 1, Atkinson 1, Harris 1; Alfred State - Edwards 3, Chambers 1, Toliver 1, Miller-LaBar 1.