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February 15, 2014

O-State women clinch SUNYAC berth

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Junior forward Sarah Longto became Oneonta State’s all-time leader in blocked shots Friday, helping the host Red Dragons to a 53-46 women’s basketball victory over New Paltz to clinch a berth in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament.

Longto blocked four shots to give her 151 all-time at O-State, passing the record of 149 set during the 2004-05 season by Noreen Naughton. Longto also had eight rebounds, four points and three steals for the Red Dragons (17-6, 11-5), who rallied from a 35-28 deficit with 12 minutes, 27 seconds left.

Alyshia Crawford later made 1 of 2 technical free throws to put Oneonta ahead, 40-39. The Red Dragons went on to snap a 41-all tie with a 12-5 run over the last 6:39. O-State made 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Crawford finished with 14 points for Oneonta, matching New Paltz’s Kit Small for game-high scoring honors. Crawford also had seven assists and teammate Lyteshia Price grabbed nine rebounds.

Sara DiPasquale, a freshman, contributed a season-high 10 points off the bench for O-State, which scored 27 points off of 23 New Paltz turnovers. Oneonta’s bench also outscored the Hawks’ reserves, 15-0.

Shannan Walker scored 12 points for the Hawks (5-18, 3-13), who received a game-best 14 rebounds from Courtney Irbe.

The Red Dragons close their regular-season schedule next weekend at Geneseo and Brockport.

SUNYIT 61, Cobleskill 54

Shelby Preston’s 15 points led three double-digit scoring efforts for SUNY Cobleskill, which lost a North Eastern Athletic Conference game on the road.

Samantha Davis contributed 13 points and Tracee Schiebel had 10 for the Fighting Tigers (5-17, 3-11), who received a game-high 16 rebounds from Preston.

Geena Gallo had 14 points to pace SUNYIT (15-6, 12-1), which took a 29-26 lead into halftime.

MEN’S BASKETBALLO-State 87, New Paltz 75

Sophomore forward Mikey McElroy scored a college-high 32 points to lead Oneonta State to a SUNYAC win at home.

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