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.
Capparelli had six goals, one assist, one steal and 16 drawn kick-outs over four games at the Bison Invitational last weekend. Her performance included a program-record 10 drawn kick-outs in a 12-10 overtime defeat of Michigan on Sunday. Megan Thomson set the record of seven twice in 2002, against Michigan and Massachusetts.
Davies amassed 35 saves, three steals and two assists in goal for Hartwick, which received three goals, 12 assists, three steals and five drawn kick-outs from Boyle.
The Hawks also selected Capparelli and Jemma Dendy Young as its Hawks of the Week. Dendy Young had 10 goals, two assists and 13 steals at the Bison Invitational. She set an all-time program record in steals with 261, passing the mark of 249 set by Kirsten Hudson from 2007-10.
SUNY Cobleskill earned two major awards from the North Eastern Athletic Conference on Tuesday as Nicole Damiano won men’s swimming and diving co-Coach of the Year and freshman Nolan Graziano received Rookie of the Year accolades, as selected by the conference’s coaches.
Fourth-year Cobleskill coach Damiano, who shared her honor with Patricia George of Wells College, led the Fighting Tigers to a second-place finish at the NEAC Championships, which ran Friday through Sunday in Cazenovia.
Cobleskill placed a program-best second with 478 points in the four-team championships and combined for 14 All-NEAC Team honors.
Graziano won the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.64), the 100 breaststroke (1:05.31) and the 200 breaststroke (2:23.66) for First Team All-NEAC honors in each event. He also swam legs for the conference champion 200 medley relay (1:47.36) and 800 freestyle relay (8:00.86) teams, as well as the runner-up 400 free relay (3:33.99) and 400 medley relay (3:59.34) squads.
Cobleskill also selected sophomore swimmer Rachael Degnan as its athlete of the week Tuesday.
Degnan earned First Team All-NEAC finishes for winning the 200 butterfly (2:24.42), the 500 free (5:41.80) and the 1,650 free (19:52.95), leading the Fighting Tigers women to a program-best second-place finish in the NEAC Championships.