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Brittney Dumas scored a game-high 14 points Friday to lead visiting Hartwick College to a 62-44 women’s basketball rout of Empire 8 rival Elmira College.
Kait Veit contributed 10 points for the Hawks (15-3, 7-0), who won their eighth straight and shot a season-best 59.5 percent from the field (22-for-37).
Dumas scored nine points in the first half, which ended with the Hawks ahead, 31-13.
Hartwick visits Ithaca (15-2, 7-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday. The two teams split their regular-season series last season before the Bombers beat Hartwick, 43-38, in the Empire 8 championship game.
O-State 68, Brockport 51
Sarah Longto finished with a game-high 17 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks to lead Oneonta State to a SUNYAC victory on the road.
Alyshia Crawford contributed 15 points for the Red Dragons (8-9, 5-5), who received 12 points from Kristin Pappalardo.
Phoebe Burns scored 15 points to pace Brockport (6-12, 3-8), which fell into a 36-24 hole at halftime.
Herkimer 57, Delhi 50
Gilbertsville-Mount Upton graduate Bri Lambert had a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, but SUNY Delhi lost a Mountain Valley Conference game at home.
Yaya Soto contributed 12 points and eight rebounds for the Broncos, who rallied from a 32-21 halftime deficit to take the lead with about three minutes left.
“They made a couple of shots and we turned the ball over a couple of times,” Delhi coach Amber Devantier said of the play in the final minutes. “We ended up having to foul them and lost by seven.”
Whitney Brown’s game-high 20 points paced Herkimer.
Delhi (11-10) hosts Adirondack at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Elmira 88, Hartwick 62
Jared Suderley scored 12 points and Anthony Keane had 10 for Hartwick, which dropped an Empire 8 game on the road.
Kyle Bradley contributed nine points for the Hawks (11-7, 3-4), who lost to the 5-13 Soaring Eagles three days after knocking off Stevens Institute of Technology, which was the 20th-ranked NCAA Division III team.
Laurens graduate Aaron Laing had no points for Hartwick, which trailed, 40-24, at halftime.
Chris Cassidy’s 21 points and 17 rebounds paced Elmira, which received 18 points from Derrick Vogel, 15 from Josh Keys and 13 from Kurt Dutcher. Jefferson graduate Tyler Dibble went 2-for-2 at the foul line for Elmira and finished with two points.
Brockport 83, O-State 73
Zach Mager scored a game-high 25 points, but Oneonta State dropped a road game in the SUNY Athletic Conference.
Mager also matched Jackson Zuvic for team-high rebounding honors with seven for the Red Dragons (2-14, 1-9), who received 11 points from Jack Dignan.
John Ivy’s 22 points paced Brockport (11-7, 6-5), who took a 45-30 lead into halftime.
Delhi 65, Herkimer 58
Aris Mehmetaj scored 19 points and Quayshaun Mitchell had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds as SUNY Delhi earned a Mountain Valley Conference win at home over the sixth-ranked NJCAA Division III team.
The Broncos (20-2), who are ranked eighth, held a 59-58 lead with 8 seconds left when Hakeem Grant went to the foul line. After Grant made the first, teammate Sean Scott rebounded his miss on the second.
Delhi coach Rob Schoener said a Herkimer player “smacked Scott across the face,” resulting in a two-shot foul and a two-shot technical foul. Stefan Bock made both technicals and Scott made 1 of 2 foul shots before Delhi got the ball back. Bock then capped the scoring with a layup.
Scott finished with 10 points for the Broncos, who earned their 31st straight game at home. Delhi hosts Adirondack at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Herkimer fell to 16-3.
Hawks open Saturday
Hartwick College will open its water polo season as the 16th-ranked team in the country Saturday, when the Hawks visit Marist College.
Hartwick will play the bulk of its schedule, which includes matches against nine top-20 teams, on the road. The Hawks will host two weekend series at Moyer Pool, facing Gannon, St. Francis, Siena and Marist on March 9 followed by Salem, Connecticut College and Brown on March 16.
Hartwick went 28-13 last season under head coach Alan Huckins, whose team returns 14 players.
Sasha Freeborn should be one of Hartwick’s top scoring threats. Last season, she had 57 goals, 45 assists and 44 steals. Fellow senior Lily Martinez also returns. She had 43 goals, 34 assists and 38 steals in 2012.
Other returning seniors are Allison Kosich, Natalie Seabourn, Laura Kuzma and Haley Cox. Kosich, Seabourn and Kuzma combined for 63 goals, 40 assists, 93 points and 34 steals last season.
Cox started 29 games in goal last season and stopped 231 shots. She is the lone goalie on the Hawks’ roster, which includes juniors Jemma Dendy Young and Sami Capparelli; sophomore Kamila Zakirova, who was the CWPA Western Division Rookie of the Year last season; and Maryland transfer Katie Ermakova, among others.