One record down, one to go.
Senior forward Jared Suderley became Hartwick College’s all-time rebounding leader Saturday at Lambros Arena, where the Hawks rallied from 15 points down for a 77-65 men’s basketball victory over St. John Fisher in the Empire 8 Conference.
Suderley finished with a game-high 13 rebounds to set the program record at 839. Suderley passed Les Miller, who amassed 827 from 1977-81, for the all-time lead with his second rebound early in the opening half.
“It’s a great accomplishment and an honor to be the all-time leading rebounder,” Suderley said in a media release prepared by the college. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and the coaching staff these last four years.”
Suderley also inched closer to Hartwick’s all-time scoring record, finishing with 18 points on 4-for-12 shooting from the floor and 10-for-13 accuracy from the foul line. With 1,872 points, Suderley passed Jan Cocoziello (1,868 from 2005-09) for second place on Hartwick’s all-time scoring list and needs six more to tie Tim McGraw’s 1984-88 record of 1,878.
Suderley’s next chance to pass McGraw, who attended Saturday’s game with his family, will come this Friday, when the Hawks visit Elmira College for an E8 game at 6 p.m. Hartwick (13-7, 8-2) has five regular-season games remaining.
St. John Fisher (11-9, 5-5) jumped to a 15-3 lead Saturday and held a 29-14 advantage with 7 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half. The Cardinals also had a 38-23 lead with 3:09 to go before halftime, but freshman guard Joey Lufkin scored Hartwick’s last eight points of the half to help the Hawks cut their deficit to 40-31 at the break.
Lufkin went on to score his college high of 28 points, hitting 9 of 14 shots from the floor, including 5 of 6 from three-point range.
Justin Pratt contributed 12 points off the bench for the Hawks, who outscored Fisher, 46-25, in the second half.