Delhi hosts Onondaga Community College at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Hartwick tops E8 poll
Hartwick will start its second straight men’s basketball season as the favorite to win the Empire 8 crown.
The Hawks received five first-place votes and 61 points in the conference’s preseason poll, which was released Thursday. Hartwick, which is coached by Todd McGuinness, edged Ithaca for the top spot as the Bombers earned four first-place votes and 59 points.
Hartwick is coming off a school-record-tying 23-win season that included a record 12 conference victories en route to the E8’s regular-season title and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Ithaca earned the automatic NCAA qualifier last season after knocking out the top-seeded Hawks in the E8 Tournament semifinals and Nazareth in the conference championship game.
Stevens Institute of Technology placed third in the poll with 48 points, followed by Nazareth (44), St. John Fisher (32), Utica (27), Alfred University (25), Elmira (19) and newcomer Houghton College (9).
Preseason All-American Jared Suderley, the Empire 8 Player of the Year last season, will lead the Hawks into their season opener at 7 p.m. today against Purchase College in the two-day Regis Tip-Off Tournament in Weston, Mass.
Suderley finished second in E8 scoring last season with 17.4 points per game. He also placed second in the E8 in free-throw percentage (.863) and field-goal percentage (.528), and was seventh in rebounds per game (8.1).
Hartwick’s roster also includes Laurens graduate Aaron Laing, a 6-foot-5 forward who returns for his senior season.
Western Conn. 55, O-State 40
Lyteshia Price finished with game-highs of 18 points and three three-pointers, but Oneonta State lost its season opener at Western Connecticut.
Price hit 7 of 11 field-goal attempts, including a 3-for-4 effort from behind the three-point arc. She also had five rebounds and two steals for the Red Dragons, who faced a 28-22 deficit at halftime.