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February 19, 2014

Hartwick men rally to clinch playoff spot

Staff Report

Jared Suderley’s 19 points and eight rebounds led Hartwick College to a 78-72 men’s basketball victory over visiting Stevens on Tuesday, clinching a berth in the Empire 8 Conference Tournament for the Hawks.

Joey Lufkin contributed 15 points and Kyle Bradley had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Hartwick (14-9, 9-4), which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half.

Christian Laputka had a season-high 13 points and fellow reserve Glenn Gavan finished with 10 points for the Hawks, who trailed, 28-14, with 8 minutes, 54 seconds left in the opening half.

Hartwick followed with an 11-0 run in less than two minutes and went on to tie the score at 39 on a basket by Laputka with 1 second left before halftime.

Bradley made 1 of 2 free throws with 56 seconds to play to give Hartwick the lead for good, at 73-72.

Lufkin followed with two free throws and Keane turned a steal into a layup for a 77-72 advantage with 12 seconds remaining. Gavan then capped the scoring with a 1-for-2 effort at the foul line.

Matt Skrelja scored 18 points for the Ducks (16-8, 9-4), who received 12 points apiece from Patrick Sabantino and Phillip DeSeignora.

Hartwick visits Houghton at 6 p.m. Friday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALLHartwick 71, Stevens 50

Maria Foglia scored a game-high 20 points and Taylor Vonasek had a double-double as Hartwick won an Empire 8 game at home.

Vonasek finished with 16 points — including a 10-for-10 effort from the free throw line — and a game-best 10 rebounds for the Hawks (19-4, 12-1), who received double-digit scoring efforts from Lee Arduini (11) and Kate Purcell (10).

Kaitlyn Astel and Brittany Washington scored 12 points apiece for the Ducks (18-8, 8-5), who faced a 26-16 deficit at halftime.

Hartwick visits Houghton at 8 p.m. Friday.

WATER POLOCWPA honors

Hartwick swept CWPA weekly awards Tuesday as senior Sami Capparelli earned Player of the Week, sophomore Michaela Davies received Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Devon Boyle took Rookie of the Week.

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