Hartwick College gave up 56 points in the first half en route to a 90-77 Empire 8 Conference men’s basketball loss Tuesday at Utica College.
The Hawks (11-10, 3-7) trailed, 56-27, at halftime. Hartwick came back to outscore the Pioneers, 50-34, in the second half but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Jared Suderley scored a team-high 23 points for the Hawks, who received respective 17- and 12-point nights from Travis Godley and Kyle Bradley.
Hartwick has qualified for the last two NCAA Division III tournaments, but that streak appears to be in jeopardy.
Chris Jeffers had 23 points to lead Utica (9-13, 6-6), which made 33 of its 53 shots from the floor.
Cortland 84, O-State 56
Host Cortland had six players score in double figures and shot 12-for-23 from three-point range en route to a SUNY Athletic Conference win.
Harrison Hefele’s 16 points paced Cortland (18-3, 12-2).
Zach Mager’s 20 points led Oneonta State (2-19, 1-13). Frankie Kelly contributed 11 points for the visitors.
Utica 64, Hartwick 61
Junior guard Kate Purcell scored her season high of 24 points, to go along with give rebounds, five steals and three assists, but visiting Hartwick lost in the Empire 8 Conference.
The Hawks (16-5, 8-2) also received 16 points and nine rebounds from freshman Brittney Dumas. Junior guard Maria Foglia contributed nine points and 11 rebounds for Hartwick, which went scoreless over the final 1 minute, 52 seconds.
Purcell’s fifth three-pointer gave Hartwick its final lead at 61-60 with 1:52 left.
Samantha Stayer put the Pioneers on top for keeps with two free throws with less than a minute left. After Foglia missed a three with 28 seconds, Hartwick fouled Alyssa Filkins, who missed both free throws. Stayer rebounded the second miss and was fouled. She hit two more free throws to cap the scoring with 24 seconds left.
Foglia and Kait Veit missed three-pointers on Hartwick’s final possession, with Veit’s attempt rattling out.