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January 13, 2014

O-State men, women win on road

Staff Report

Zach Mager scored 31 points for the second time this season, leading Oneonta State’s men’s basketball team to an 80-75 victory over host New Paltz on Saturday in the SUNY Athletic Conference.

Mager, a junior, went 10-for-21 from the field and 9-for-11 at the free throw line. He has scored 20 or more points nine times this season for Oneonta (6-5, 3-1).

Mager had 18 points in the second half, when freshman Mikey McElroy scored 12 of his 14 points to help the Red Dragons overcome a 42-36 deficit at the break.

O-State finished 26-for-52 from the floor -- including a 7-for-13 effort from three-point range -- and 21-for-32 at the foul line against the Hawks (4-7, 1-3).

Oneonta visits Cortland on Tuesday.

Nazareth 86, Hartwick 76

Jared Suderley scored a team-best 19 points, but visiting Hartwick College suffered its first Empire 8 Conference setback of the season Saturday.

Joey Lufkin, Kyle Bradley and Marc Summy scored 14 points apiece for the Hawks (7-6, 3-1), who were tied at 29 with Nazareth (8-5, 2-2) at halftime.

Maurice Mills’ 29 points and eight rebounds paced the Golden Flyers, who took control with a 20-4 run late in the second half. Teammate Brad Ford contributed 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Hartwick plays an Empire 8 game at Stevens on Tuesday.

Delhi 72, Herkimer 60

Ibrahima Toure’s 17 points paced four SUNY Delhi scorers in double figures as the visiting Broncos won in the Mountain Valley Conference on Saturday.

Delhi and Herkimer came into Saturday ranked fifth and eighth, respectively, among NJCAA Division III schools.

“We really, really guarded,” Delhi coach Rob Schoener said. “It’s probably the best defensive effort we’ve had all season. Plus, we did a good job attacking their zone.”

Toure also had nine rebounds. Sean Scott and Diamonte Zarba scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, and DJ Nickelson contributed 12 points and 10 assists for the Broncos.

“We’re deep and talented,” Schoener said of his team’s balanced scoring.

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