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Hartwick College senior Jared Suderley scored a game-high 27 points Friday to lead the Hawks to a 90-85 men’s basketball victory over visiting Alfred in an Empire 8 Conference Tournament semifinal at Lambros Arena.
Hartwick (17-9) faced a 49-46 deficit at halftime and trailed by 11 points with 6 minutes, 16 seconds left. A layup by Suderley 10 seconds later sparked a 14-0 run, giving the Hawks an 84-81 edge with 1:56 remaining. Suderley capped the spurt when Anthony Keane assisted his only three-point field goal, giving Hartwick the lead for keeps.
Jason Ruback’s layup pulled Alfred (18-8) to 84-83, but Joey Lufkin answered with a layup at the other end. Ruback then exchanged two-point baskets with Suderley as Hartwick held an 88-85 lead with 53 seconds to go.
Suderley and Keane each went 1-for-2 from the foul line during the last 12 seconds to secure the victory for top-seeded Hartwick, which will host the E8 title game against Nazareth at 3 p.m. Saturday back at Lambros Arena.
Third-seeded Nazareth (19-7) advanced to the final with a 71-60 upset of second-seeded Stevens (17-9) in Friday’s opening semifinal at Hartwick.
The Empire 8 Tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Joey Lufkin and Kyle Bradley scored 18 points apiece for the Hawks. Bradley also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Thomas Tsatsis’ 10 points paced the Saxons, who received 10 from Ryan Mahon.
Delhi 73, Cayuga 55
Arif Mehmetaj finished with game-highs of 15 points and three blocks to lead host SUNY Delhi to a first-round victory in the NJCAA Division III Region III Tournament.
Ibrahima Toure contributed 12 points and a game-best 11 rebounds for the top-seeded Broncos (26-5), who outscored Cayuga Community College, 39-22, after halftime.
“Our kids just settled down a little bit after halftime,” said Delhi coach Rob Schoener, whose fifth-ranked NJCAA D-III team took a 34-33 lead into the break. “We kind of just slowly but surely pulled away from them.”
DJ Nickelson and Sean Scott scored 10 points apiece for the Broncos, who will face fourth-seeded Clinton (22-7) at 1 p.m. Saturday in a regional semifinal. Clinton advanced with a 90-75 quarterfinal defeat of Tompkins Cortland.
Saturday’s other semifinal pits third-seeded Mohawk Valley (24-5) against No. 2 seed Herkimer County (23-7), which beat Delhi in the 2013 Region III championship game. Mohawk Valley and Herkimer County will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday for a chance to reach the regional final, which is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday. The Region III champion will earn an automatic berth to the NJCAA Division III Tournament, which runs March 13-15 at Sullivan Community College.
Also Friday, Herkimer County topped North Country, 69-42, and Mohawk Valley defeated Finger Lakes, 70-66, in the quarterfinal round.
PS Berks 66, Cobleskill 57
Cortrell King finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, but fourth-seeded SUNY Cobleskill bowed out of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament at Lancaster Bible College with a quarterfinal loss.
Alexis Nunez contributed 12 points and five assists for the Fighting Tigers (11-14), which received 10 points and five rebounds from Mike Chapman, and six points and six rebounds from Walton graduate Bryan Backus.
Darren Major scored a game-high 22 points and Christian Burggraf had 19 for the fifth-seeded Nittany Lions (8-17), who avenged two regular-season losses to Cobleskill.
PS Berks advanced to a semifinal at 2 p.m. Saturday against top-seeded Lancaster Bible College.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALLStevens 53, Hartwick 52
Brittney Dumas finished with game-highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds, but second-seeded Hartwick fell to third-seeded Stevens in an E8 Tournament semifinal at Ithaca College.
Dumas hit a three-pointer with 6:40 left to tie the score at 47, but the Hawks failed to grab the lead at any point thereafter.
Back-to-back free throws by Kaitlyn Astel put Stevens ahead, 53-50, with 57 seconds remaining.
Dumas later drew a foul on Dylan Krause and went 1-for-2 at the foul line, and Hartwick (21-5) pulled to 53-52 when Maria Foglia did the same after drawing a foul on Miranda Ripken with 38 seconds left.
Hartwick had two chances to go ahead in the final seconds, but Foglia missed a layup before Alicia Razanousky went 0-for-2 at the foul line with 1 second left. Miranda Ripken rebounded Razanousky’s second miss to secure the victory for Stevens (18-8), which advanced to Saturday’s E8 title game against top-seeded Ithaca.
The Bombers (22-4), who tied Hartwick for the regular-season E8 title, advanced to the final with a 73-69 win over fourth-seeded St. John Fosher.
Astel’s 12 points paced Stevens, which received 10 points from Erica Guketlov and held a 33-30 lead at halftime.
Taylor Vonasek contributed 12 points for Hartwick, which received a game-best seven assists from Lee Arduini.
INDOOR TRACKO-State junior honored
Oneonta State junior J.D. Roth earned a pair of weekly honors for his performances last Saturday during the Marc Deneault Invitational at Cornell University.
The SUNY Athletic Conference and the Division III Upstate New York portion of the Eastern College Athletic Conference selected Roth as their men’s field athlete of the week.
Roth set program records with second-place finishes in the shot put (55-10.25) and the weight throw (60-4). Both distances top the SUNYAC performance list heading into this Saturday’s conference championships at Brockport.
Roth ranks sixth in the shot put and eighth in the weight throw among NCAA Division III athletes.
The defending SUNYAC champion Red Dragons rank second in the Atlantic Region and 24th among NCAA D-III men’s programs.