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Stevens defeats Saxons, 68-55, in Empire 8 Conference opener
12/05/09

ALFRED, NY — The Alfred University men's basketball team was defeated by Stevens, 68-55, Saturday evening at the McLane Center.

The Saxons trailed the Ducks 36-25 at the end of the first half. Alfred was able to close the gap to within two points in the second half, but was unable to take the lead. For the game, AU shot 32 percent and Stevens (5-1, 1-0 Empire 8) shot 45 percent.

Junior guard Mike Stopera (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) scored a game-high 18 points and had five rebounds to lead the Saxons. Senior forward Ron Smith (Lyons, NY/Lyons) added 14 points and freshman forward Phil Mormon (Fairport, NY/Fairport) chipped in six points.

Simon Smith tallied a double-double for Stevens, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Ian Masone netted 15 points and Russ Thompson, Matt Higgins and George Greco each scored nine points.

Alfred (5-3, 0-1 Empire 8) is in action next on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at Penn State-Abington.