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March 8, 2014

Hartwick women advance in NCAAs

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Missy West clearly recalled the turning point of Friday’s NCAA game at Lambros Arena.

The funny thing is, her Hartwick College women’s basketball team wasn’t even on the floor at the time.

“I remember the timeout right around that time when we were down by 11 (points),” Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year West said Friday night. “I told them we have 11 1/2 minutes left and this is what the tournament is all about.

“When we left that timeout, something was different,” she continued. “We were very positive.”

The Hawks followed with a 29-18 run to force a tie at the end of regulation, then went on to beat Baruch College, 80-77, in overtime for its first NCAA Division III Tournament victory since 1991.

Sophomore guard/forward Brittney Dumas finished with game-highs of 34 points and 15 rebounds for the host Hawks (22-5), who advanced to a second-round NCAA game against Amherst College at 6 p.m. Saturday back at Lambros Arena.

“When Brittney Dumas decides she wants to play basketball, she plays basketball,” West said of the six-footer, an E8 First Team selection who finished 13-for-24 from the field and 7-for-10 at the foul line. “She could be one of the best players in the country.”

Senior guard and fellow E8 first-teamer Maria Foglia contributed 23 points, including a 9-for-10 effort at the foul line. Foglia scored the tying basket with 32 seconds left in regulation to make it 66-all, and Emily Stone’s steal with 4 seconds to go forced the extra period.

Foglia then opened the overtime scoring with a layup and, after Sheridan Taylor tied it for Baruch, gave Hartwick the lead for keeps with a pair of free throws 1:12 into the extra period.

“I have 100-percent confidence in her,” West said of Foglia, who secured the victory by hitting another pair of free throws to cap the scoring with 12 seconds left in OT. “She’s struggled at the free throw line this season, but in a game like this, she’s not ready to be done.

“We knew going into overtime that we had them back on their heels and it was our time to attack them,” West continued. “I told the girls this is what March Madness is. This is why they call it the big dance. Sometimes you need luck to win, but I don’t think tonight was luck. I think we were really smart down the stretch.”

Taylor Vonasek contributed eight points for NCAA at-large selection Hartwick, which won its last NCAA game March 1, 1991, with a 55-54 overtime defeat of NYU.

Iyana Abrams’ 22 points paced CUNYAC champion Baruch (21-8), which received 17 apiece from Taylor and Francess Henry.

Hartwick’s next NCAA opponent advanced to Saturday’s second round with a 63-49 victory over Springfield in Friday’s other first-round game at Lambros Arena.

“I think they’re a completely different style,” West said of Amherst. “Baruch is mostly attacking the basket. Amherst has very good shooters. Our goal was to try to stop penetration and box out the best we can. Our game plan is going to have to be different. We need to close out on shooters.

“This is a game I’ve always wanted since I started coaching here,” she continued. “I think it’s going to be a great matchup. I think the smartest team is going to win.”

Hartwick 80, Baruch 77

NCAA D-III TOURNAMENT

First Round at Lambros Arena

BARUCH (21-8): Iyana Abrams 8-14 6-10 22, Francess Henry 5-15 4-6 17, Sheridan Taylor 7-11 3-4 17, Kristen Podlovits 3-9 1-2 9, Alicea Ulmer 2-6 3-8 7, Malika Abdusalaam 2-2 0-0 4, Ashika Kuruvilla 0-0 1-2 1, Veronica Ganzi 0-0 0-0 0, Lynda Fields 0-5 0-0 0, Kiara Johnson 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27-64 18-32 77.

HARTWICK (22-5): Brittney Dumas 13-24 7-10 34, Maria Foglia 7-15 9-10 23, Taylor Vonasek 2-6

4-6 8, Kate Purcell 1-3 4-5 6, Emily Stone 2-3 0-0 5, Kait Veit 1-2 0-0 2, Lee Arduini 0-3 2-2 2, Christina Graziadei 0-0 0-0 0, Alicia Razanousky 0-1 0-0 0, Jacqui Foreman 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26-57 26-33 80.

Halftime: Baruch, 31-30. End of regulation: Tied, 66-66.

Three-point field goals: B 5-19 (Henry 3-10, Podlovits 2-6, Ulmer 0-3); H 2-4 (Dumas 1-2, Emily Stone 1-1, Alicia Razanousky 0-1).

Fouled out: Ulmer (B), Taylor (B), Arduini (H), Vonasek (H).

Rebounds: B 39 (Taylor 9); H 39 (Dumas 15).

Assists: B 12 (Abrams 4); H 11 (Arduini 3, Foglia 3).

A: 408.

MEN’S BASKETBALLPurchase 97, Hartwick 71

Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year Jared Suderley finished with team-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, but Hartwick’s season ended with a first-round loss at SUNY Purchase in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Kyle Bradley contributed 16 points for the Empire 8 Conference Tournament champion Hawks (18-10), who received 14 points from E8 Rookie of the Year Joey Lufkin.

Andre Nixon’s game-high 28 points paced Purchase (26-2), which received 18 points from Joel Neiri, 17 from Jake Stevens III, 14 from David Haughton and 11 from Justin Person.

Nixon went 6-for-10 from three-point range for Purchase, which took a 46-34 lead into halftime.

Suderley ended his fourth and final season at Hartwick as the program leader for all-time points (2,034) and rebounds (920).

Purchase 97, Hartwick 71

NCAA D-III TOURNAMENT

First Round at Purchase

HARTWICK (18-10): Jared Suderley 8-14 2-4 18, Kyle Bradley 4-9 8-11 16, Joey Lufkin 5-13 1-3

14, Christian Laputka 3-5 0-0 8, Matt Petruccione 1-3 2-2 5, Anthony Keane 2-4 0-0 4, Mike Geisser 1-3 0-0 3, Justin Pratt 1-3 0-0 3, Fernando Vazquez 0-0 0-0 0, Glenn Gavan 0-3 0-0 0, Matt Wilson 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 25-57 13-20 71.

PURCHASE (26-2): Andre Nixon 9-13 4-4 28, Joel Neri 7-11 4-7 18, Jake Stevens III 4-9 9-11 17, David Haughton 5-9 4-7 14, Justin Person 4-6 2-2 11, Ryan Lobban 3-5 0-2 6, Brandon Sillaro 1-1 1-2 3, Kayvon Reid 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Franklyn Mickens 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 33-54 24-35 97.

Halftime: Purchase, 46-34.

Three-point field goals: H 8-27 (Lufkin 3-7, Laputka 2-3, Pratt 1-3, Geisser 1-3, Petruccione 1-3, Gavan 0-3, Keane 0-2, Bradley 0-1, Suderley 0-2); P 7-14 (Nixon 6-10, Person 1-2, Stevens III 0-2).

Rebounds: H 28 (Suderley 10); P 29 (Haughton 11).

Assists: H 9 (Bradley 3, Lufkin 3); P 18 (Person 7).

A: 705.

INDOOR TRACKTufts Meet

SUNY Cobleskill freshman Winston Lee met the NCAA Division III Championship indoor track standard in the 60-meter dash at the Tufts University Last Chance Meet on Thursday.

The national qualifying standard is 6.89 seconds and only the top 15 athletes in the nation are selected to compete at the NCAA D-III Championships.

Lee won the event in a program-record time of 6.87 seconds, which puts him in a three-way tie for 10th place among NCAA D-III athletes this season.

National qualifying for the indoor championships closes Sunday, when national selections will be announced on the website www.ncaa.org.