Morales scores 1,000th point in Cortland victory over Fredonia

James Morales has scored 1,007 career points and is the 23rd Cortland men’s player to reach the 1,000-point plateau (Darl Zehr Photography)

SUNY Cortland Men’s Basketball

Cortland vs. Fredonia
Friday, February 9, 2018; Corey Gymnasium; Cortland, N.Y.

FINAL SCORE: Cortland 75, Fredonia 52

Box Score/Play-by-Play

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Senior James Morales (Mount Kisco/Fox Lane) scored 16 points and became the 23rd player in Cortland men’s basketball history to reach the career 1,000-point mark as the Red Dragons defeated Fredonia, 75-52, at Corey Gymnasium.

Cortland snapped a three-game losing streak and is now 16-6 overall and 11-4 in the SUNYAC. The Red Dragons are tied for second in the league with Brockport, each a game ahead of fourth-place Geneseo (10-5).

Morales reached the milestone on a layup with 9:35 remaining in the second half. He finished 6-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-3 on 3-point attempts, and made both of his free throw attempts. Morales currently has 1,007 career points.

Carrel Joseph (Deer Park) shared team scoring honors with 16 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting. Justin Cooper (Pine Plains/Stissing Mountain) finished with 15 points and team highs of six rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Nicky Bonura (Mount Kisco/Fox Lane) added 14 points and three assists.

Fredonia (4-18, 2-14 SUNYAC) was paced by Kay Jackson with 14 points. Isaiah Ice scored nine points, including perfect 3-of-3 accuracy from the 3-point line, and Justin Tapper totaled seven points, three assists and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Cortland led by only four at 18-14 with nine minutes left in the first half, but rattled off a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to take control. Ryan Schmadel (Oriskany) scored all five of his points during that stretch; he also finished the game with five rebounds.

Fredonia cut a 43-22 Cortland halftime lead to 48-35 on a Dante Williams jumper with 13:59 remaining, but the Red Dragons responded with an 11-point surge that featured seven points from Joseph. Fredonia was able to get no closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

Cortland shot 44 percent (12-of-27) from 3-point range and 43 percent overall, and the Red Dragons made 13-of-14 free throws. Fredonia finished at 42 percent overall but only 5-of-17 from deep, and the Blue Devils were only 1-for-3 from the charity stripe. Cortland also held a 23-8 advantage in points off of turnovers as Fredonia turned the ball over 18 times compared to just six by the Red Dragons.

Cortland will host Buffalo State Saturday at 3 p.m.

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