Josh Reding (Spencerport) led Alfred State with 22 points but the Pioneers couldn't overcome a long scoring drought in the 2nd half as they fell 67-57 at Franciscan on Saturday afternoon.
The Barons led 31-23 at the half but Brandon Gosley (Valley Stream South) scored six straight points to start the 2nd half to cut the game to 31-29. In the next 5:04, Franciscan went on a 16-0 run to push the lead back out. The Barons led by as many as 19 but the Pioneers didn't go away as they tried to chip back into the game but could never closer than nine.
Reding was 9 for 14 from the field and led the blue & gold with 22 points. Jahmel Demery (Rochester/Eastridge) finished with 8 while Gosley had seven. The Pioneers were slowed down by 17 turnovers.
Travis Lien led the Barons with 21 points while Joe Schriner finished with 16. Franciscan connected on 11 of the 23 three-point attempts in the contest.
The Pioneers head to Medaille on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest with the Mavericks.