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January 6, 2014

Hartwick basketball sweeps Utica

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Kyle Bradley scored a college-best 31 points Saturday, leading the Hartwick College men’s basketball team to a 92-77 Empire 8 Conference defeat of visiting Utica College.

Bradley went 13-for-15 from the floor and 5-for-9 at the foul line en route to game-high scoring honors. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Joey Lufkin contributed 19 points, Matt Petruccione had 16 and Jared Suderley scored 11 points and finished with a game-high 16 rebounds for the Hawks (6-5, 2-0), who won their second straight. Suderley’s efforts marked his fifth double-double this season and third in a row.

“We played with good energy and we were able to take advantage of mismatches to get easy buckets,” Hartwick coach Todd McGuinness said in a media release prepared by the college. “Kyle played great and Matt hit big buckets when we needed him. It was a quality win over a good opponent.”

Hartwick never trailed and jumped to an 18-8 lead after 5 minutes, 29 seconds. Lufkin scored all of his points in the first half, which ended with the Hawks ahead, 45-31.

Utica (5-5, 0-2) cut its deficit to 65-59 with 9:16 left and trailed, 69-61, with 6:48 to go. Petruccione then hit a three-pointer and Hartwick maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

Aaron Nevins’ 25 points paced Utica, which received 15 points and nine rebounds from Chris Jeffers.

Hartwick will visit E8 rival St. John Fisher at 6 p.m. Friday.

Oswego 83, Cobleskill 51

Freshman forward Cortrell King finished with 23 points and seven rebounds Saturday, but SUNY Cobleskill lost a non-conference game on the road.

Junior point guard Alexis Nunez contributed 10 points and five assists for the Fighting Tigers (1-8), who trailed, 43-23, at halftime.

Rashawn Powell’s 18 points paced the Lakers (8-1), who received 16 from Daniel Ross.

Cobleskill visits Hamilton College for a non-conference game at 7 tonight.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Hartwick 71, Utica 59

Senior guard Maria Foglia finished with a game-high 22 points, eight rebounds and four three-pointers to lift host Hartwick in an Empire 8 game Saturday.

Brittney Dumas contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season for the Hawks (8-2, 2-0), who are tied with Elmira for first place in the E8.

Mary Miceli scored 19 points to pace Utica (4-6, 0-2), which got 14 points and a game-best 17 rebounds from Bridget Greenwald.

The Hawks closed the first half on a 12-1 run, turning a 26-24 lead into a 38-25 advantage at halftime, then opened the second half with a 13-2 spurt.

Hartwick will play at 23rd-ranked Vassar at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Springfield Meet

Brad Ranson won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.22 seconds, helping Hartwick’s men to a split during Saturday’s Springfield Meet.

The Hawks beat the host Pride, 180-114, but fell, 189.5-104.5, to Union.

Ranson also took second in the 50 free (21.84) for Hartwick, which received runner-up finishes from Matt Plunkett (200 backstroke, 2:00.37; 100 backstroke, 55.65); Luke Grunewald (1,000 free, 10:10.51); Ben Detar (200 butterfly, 1:58.72); and Luis Santiesteban (200 free, 1:47.89; 200 individual medley, 2:03.29).

Hartwick’s women fell to both opponents, losing to the Pride, 184-109, and to Union, 150-138.

Imma Rutigliano paced the Hawks with two second-place finishes, completing the 100 free in 56.20 and the 200 individual medley in 2:17.79.

Gwen Mathias contributed a second in the 1,000 free (10:57.42), and Clare Nelson earned a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:32.92).

The Hawks will visit Cortland State for a non-conference dual meet at 1 p.m. this Saturday.