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Saxons breeze past Houghton, 80-61
1/31/12

ALFRED, NY -The Alfred University men’s basketball team upended visiting Houghton College, 80-61, Tuesday evening in the McLane Center, in a non-conference matchup. With the win, AU improves its overall record to 13-6 and remains 5-4 in Empire 8 Conference play.

Houghton opened the contest with a 12-2 run over the course of the games first three minutes. The Saxons were able to slowly chip away at the Highlanders lead and eventually tie the game up at 27-27 with 4:28 remaining in the first half. AU went on to outscored Houghton 10-4, over the remaining four and half minutes of the first half to claim a 37-34 advantage at intermission. In the first half, AU shot 43 percent from the field and 46 percent beyond the arc, while the Highlanders shot an impressive 57 percent from the floor and shot five-of-six from behind the arc for 83 percent.

In the second half, AU would never look back as they led throughout and extend their lead to as much as 19 points with 1 minute and 20 seconds left to play in the second half. For the game, AU shot 44 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc and Houghton finished shooting 46 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Senior guard Josh Parker (Tonawanda, NY/Sweet Home) (three steals and three assists) and sophomore forward Mike Branche (Schenectady, NY/Colonie) (three steals and two assists) each netted a team-best 13 points, while pulling down two and six rebounds respectively, to pace the Saxons. Senior forward Derek Lewis (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads (Corning CC)) (five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks) and junior forward Sean Curran (Honesdale, PA/Honesdale) each netted 11 points, and senior forward Pat Hollenbeck (Ontario, NY/Wayne) chipped in with nine points, six rebounds, and three steals.

Mike Munoz led the Highlanders recording a double-double on a game-high 14 points and 13 rebounds. Andrew Makori had 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists, and Mark O’Brian netted 10 points, and dished out a game-high six assists.

AU returns to action Friday, Feb. 3 at 8p.m. as they take on Hartwick College.