UTICA, NY – The Alfred University men's basketball team traveled to Utica College on Saturday for a road matchup with the Pioneers.
The Saxons (9-12, 3-7 Empire 8) played a close first half with Utica but the Pioneers pulled away during the second half to improve to 8-2 in conference play.
AU found itself down by as many as 13 in the first half with just under eight minutes to play.
A 12-2 run made it a 34-31 game with 4:51 remaining in the first half and an even matched final five minutes of play made it a 43-40 game at halftime.
The Pioneers slowly extended their lead throughout the second half and finished the game at a 17 point advantage to come away with the 85-68 win over the Saxons.
Sam Dagon (Hornell, NY / Hornell) had another big game for AU with 20 points and six rebounds on the day.
Alfred will be at The Sage Colleges on Sunday to make up the game that was postponed on Friday due to weather. That game will tip off at 12PM.