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Saxons top Utica, 61-60
1/24/10

UTICA, NY — The Alfred University men’s basketball team defeated Utica, 61-60, Sunday afternoon to earn their first Emipire 8 win of the season.

Alfred led 37-30 at the end of the first half. Both teams exchanged the lead throughout the second half, but after a layup by senior forward Jared Patt (Nelson, PA/Elkland), the Saxons took the lead for good, 61-60, with 1:35 remaining.

For the game, Alfred (7-8, 1-6 Empire 8) shot 49 percent and Utica (6-10, 1-6 Empire 8) shot 46 percent.

Patt scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Saxons and senior forward Ron Smith (Lyons, NY/Lyons) netted 13 points. Junior guard Mike Stopera (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) added 11 points and had three assists and sophomore center Bryan Bobo (Ontario, NY/Wayne Central) chipped in with eight points.

Patrick Goodman scored a game-high 29 points and pulled down nine rebounds to pace Utica. Will Abrams added 10 points and Evan Taylor chipped in with eight points.

Alfred is in action next on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. against RIT.