The Daily Star
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Zach Mager scored a game-high 21 points Saturday to lead Oneonta State to a 67-54 SUNY Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory at Fredonia.
Mager also had a team-best seven rebounds and four steals for the Red Dragons (2-4, 1-1), who rallied from a 13-4 deficit with a 15-3 run in the opening half.
Mikey McElroy finished with 16 points and four steals for O-State, which received 11 points and six rebounds from Jackson Zuvic.
O-State finished with advantages of 24-13 in points off turnovers, 28-18 in bench points and 38-24 in points in the paint. Zuvic completed a three-point play late in the first half to give Oneonta the lead for keeps, at 23-22. Mager’s layup with 1:36 left in the first half led to a 25-22 halftime cushion.
Oneonta, which started the second half on a 26-10, hosts a non-conference game against St. John Fisher this Saturday.
Keuka 78, Cobleskill 66
Cortrell King finished with 18 points and five rebounds for SUNY Cobleskill, which dropped a North Eastern Athletic Conference game Sunday at Keuka (4-4, 2-2) to close the 2013 portion of its schedule.
Brandon Smith contributed 13 points and eight rebounds for the Fighting Tigers (1-7, 0-4), who received 12 points from Mathew Hutchinson.
Cobleskill visits Oswego for a non-conference game Jan. 4.
Wells 72, Cobleskill 69
Cortell King scored a game-high 31 points Saturday, but Cobleskill lost a NEAC game on the road.
King went 10-for-16 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds for the Fighting Tigers, who received 13 points from Brandon Smith and 11 assists from Alexis Nunez.
Jordan Jean’s 19 points paced the Express (3-5, 3-0), which rallied from a 39-37 halftime deficit.
O-State 56, Fredonia 41
Alyshia Crawford led three double-digit scorers for Oneonta State with 13 points as the Red Dragons won a SUNYAC game on the road Saturday.
Grace Schilling and Lyteshia Price (nine rebounds) contributed 10 points apiece for the Red Dragons (5-2, 1-1), who took a 28-18 lead into halftime.
Oneonta is off until Dec. 28, when it will meet Salisbury University as part of a trip to Puerto Rico. The Red Dragons also will face Mount Holyoke College on Dec. 29.
Keuka 67, Cobleskill 52
Tracee Schiebel had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four steals to lead Cobleskill, which dropped a NEAC road game Sunday to close its 2013 schedule.
Shelby Preston finished with a team-best 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Fighting Tigers (1-7, 1-3), who received 10 points and 10 rebounds from Kady Porterfield.
Jessica Bandrowski and Casey Chamberlain had 12 points apiece to pace the Storm (3-4, 2-2).
Wells 75, Cobleskill 61
Kady Porterfield scored a team-best 16 points Saturday, but Cobleskill lost a NEAC game on the road.
Tracee Schiebel and Samantha Davis finished with 11 points apiece for the Fighting Tigers, who received 13 rebounds and nine points from Shelby Preston.
Ashley Roser’s 20 points and 12 rebounds paced the Express (4-4, 2-1), who took a 37-27 lead into halftime.
Brad Ranson’s third in the 100-yard freestyle (48.02 seconds) Sunday marked Hartwick’s top men’s performance on the final day of competition at the Bomber Invitational in Ithaca.
Ranson also joined Evan DeGidio, Joey Mulvehill and Luis Santiesteban for a fourth in the 400 free relay (3:12.74), helping Hartwick to place fourth out of 11 teams with 819 points.
Ranson contributed a second in the 200 free (1:44.05) on Saturday, when he swam the lead leg for the second-place 800 relay team (7:05.09) that featured Matthew Plunkett, Luke Grunewald and Luis Santiesteban.
On Friday, Ranson won the 50 free in 21.05 for Hartwick’s only victory.
Clare Nelson paced Hartwick’s women Sunday with a second in the 200 breaststroke, hitting an NCAA “B” cut time of 2:24.38. The Hawks women finished seventh out of 12 teams with 463 points.
Both teams are off until Jan. 4, when they swim against Union and host Springfield.
Nolan Graziano won three events Saturday to lead Cobleskill’s men to a 319-243 defeat of visiting Cazenovia.
Graziano placed first in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.23), the 200 breaststroke (2:28.88) and the 200 individual medley (2:13.68) for the Fighting Tigers (4-1), who received two victories apiece from Brian Alt (100 backstroke, 1:02.17; 200 backstroke, 2:19.94) and diver Sam Scott (125.75 for five dives; 191.75 for six dives).
Connor Worden contributed a win in the 1,000 free (11:55.13) for Cobleskill, which won the women’s meet, 153-138.
Erin Fitzgerald, Rachael Degnan, Margaret Keenan and Mackenzie Cross won the 400 free relay in 4:23.43 to snap a 136-all tie in the meet-ending event. Nicole Beyer, Stephanie Pyra, Merrin Gural and Danielle Briggs placed second in the same event (4:52.78) to provide the final margin of victory.
Degnan also won the 500 free (5:55.40), the 1,000 free (12:01.71) and the 200 butterfly (2:28.00) for the Fighting Tigers (5-2), who got a diving sweep from Alex Steelman (156.85 for five dives; 189.55 for six).
Stephanie Pyra won the 100 butterfly (1:22.38) for the Fighting Tigers, who are off until January.
Tom Haskins, J.D. Roth, Patrick Weinert (Schenevus) and Jake Alviene hit Eastern College Athletic Conference qualifying standards Saturday in the Greg Page Relays at Cornell, which marked Oneonta State’s season opener.
Haskins placed fifth in the 3,000 meters with a personal-best time of 8:48.68. Weinert and Roth finished third (56 feet, 3 inches) and sixth (54-9.25), respectively, in the 35-pound weight throw. Alviene, an NCAA Division III qualifier in the 60 hurdles last winter, placed fourth in the same event in 8.61.
Roth also took third in the shot put (46-6) and Weinert was fifth (45-3).
O-State’s women had ECAC qualifiers in Kaitlyn Brandt (15th in 60 meters, 8.09) and Hannah Baker (10th in high jump, 5-3).
The non-scoring meet included schools from divisions I-III.
O-State is off until Jan. 18, when it will compete in the Class of ‘32 Invitational at Colgate.
Princess Joefield won the women’s pentathlon with 2,894 points to lead Cobleskill during the season-opening Crowell Invitational, a non-scoring meet at West Point.
Quashanda Barnes placed third in the same event with 2,534 points, and Chantal Fauteux contributed a second in the 1,000 (3:19.55).
Artneil Reid placed second in the triple jump for Cobleskill’s men, which got a third in the heptathlon from Taylor Drake and a third in the weight throw from Adam Garms.
The Fighting Tigers will compete in the Northeastern University Invitational this Saturday.
Oneonta State seniors Dan Graff (174 pounds) and Chad Obzud (197) won titles Saturday during the 48th annual RIT Invitational.
Graff capped a 4-0 with pins in the semifinals and title matches and Obzud went 3-0 with three pins for the Red Dragons, who scored 106.5 points for fourth place as a team.
Ben Mikac went 3-1 to finish second at 141 pounds. Stephen Provenzano also placed second, going 1-1 at 285.
Shaun Gillen (third at 165), Frankie Provenzano (sixth at 157) and Liam Bass (sixth at 174) also placed for the Red Dragons, who will compete in a tri-meet against Johnson & Wales and host WPI this Saturday.