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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.
McElroy shot 10-for-14 from the field, including a 3-for-5 showing from three-point range. He also hit 9 of 11 free throws for the Red Dragons (12-11, 9-7), who jumped Oswego for fourth place in the SUNYAC standings with two conference games left.
O-State is looking to secure one of the six berths for the SUNYAC Tournament, which opens Feb. 28.
McElroy, who scored Oneonta’s first 11 points, also had five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal.
Junior Zach Mager scored his 1,000 college point late in the first half, when he made a three-pointer to put Oneonta up, 35-23. Mager finished with 19 points to give him 1,009 all-time for Oneonta, which took a 44-31 lead into halftime.
Keegan Donovan’s 15 points paced the Hawks (6-17, 3-13), who received 14 points from Alex Perlman and 10 points apiece from Nick Taldi and Kevin Roach.
O-State visits Geneseo and Brockport next weekend to close its regular season.
Cobleskill 73, SUNYIT 64
Alexis Nunez scored a game-high 28 points to lead Cobleskill to a road victory in the NEAC.
Nunez went 8-for-11 from the floor, including a 4-for-5 effort from behind the three-point line. He also made 8 of 9 free throws for the Fighting Tigers (9-12, 8-7), who received 19 points from Brandon Smith and 10 rebounds from Mike Chapman.
Walton graduate Bryan Backus had a game-high six assists for Cobleskill, which jumped to a 36-24 lead at halftime.
Ryan James’ 23 points paced the Wildcats (15-7, 10-5), who received 13 points and 11 rebounds from Malcolm Jones.
CROSS COUNTRYO-State honored
Three Oneonta State cross-country runners received academic awards from the USTFCCCA, the Red Dragons announced Friday.
The USTFCCCA honored 308 women and 228 men in Division III, along with 361 teams. O-State’s women were recognized for the sixth straight season and seventh time overall for their academic accomplishments as a team. They had a combined grade-point average of 3.33.
Danielle Kennedy, Marielle Genovesi and David Busby earned individual awards, which are given for having a GPA of 3.30 or greater and for finishing among the top 25 percent at their respective regional championships.
Kennedy and Genovesi led Oneonta’s women to their first NCAA Division III cross-country championship appearance last fall. Busby had the top freshman finish for Oneonta’s men at the regional championship meet.