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Beverly’s 40-point effort lifts Daemen into semifinals

Junior forward Gerald Beverly scored 25 of his 40 points in the second half to lead Daemen College over Concordia-Alabama, 95-79, in a quarterfinal game of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Division I tournament in Uniontown, Pa., on Wednesday

The Wildcats (21-6) ran their school-record winning streak to 14 straight. They will face Washington Adventist (Md.) in the semifinals tonight at 8.

Concordia led 40-38 after a first half that saw four tie scores. Daemen scored the first nine points in the second half and in just six minutes built the lead to 60-44.

Besides his scoring, Beverly, a junior from Gates-Chili High in Rochester, who was named first team USCAA All-America, contributed 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. He connected on 15 of 18 shots and 10 of 12 free throws. Beverly overshadowed teammate Casey Sheehan, who had 26 points, six rebounds and five assists. Aaron Davis (North Tonawanda) had 11 points in 18 minutes off the bench while Mark Coppola (Williamsville South) dished out nine assists with just one turnover.

Buffalo State senior Justin Mitchell (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) was named to the men’s basketball All-SUNYAC first team. Mitchell led the Bengals in scoring (20-5) and rebounding (8.8) this season. He had been a second team selection the last two seasons.

Stacy McElory, a Bengals senior from Saratoga Springs, made the women’s first team All-SUNYAC for the third time. She averaged 14.2 points as she completed her career with 1,412 points and 691 rebounds. The Bengals’ Bianca Smiley (Sweet Home) was a second team selection while junior Ashley Wallace (Lockport) was a third team selection.

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