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March 4, 2013

Folgia leads Hartwick women to ECAC crown

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Maria Foglia scored four of her 15 points with less than a minute left Sunday, leading the Hartwick College women’s basketball team to a 67-62 victory over host Brooklyn College to mark the Hawks’ first Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament championship.

Brittney Dumas finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Hartwick (22-8), which ended its season with the ECAC Division III Metro title. Kate Purcell contributed 15 points and Carlee Hirt had 10 for the Hawks, who beat the College of Staten Island, 71-56, Wednesday in the quarterfinals and followed with a 69-64 overtime defeat of Rutgers-Newark in a semifinal Saturday.

“I’m so proud of how these girls played these last three games,” Hartwick coach Missy West said. “We came ready to win this thing and we played to do just that. We finally completed what we set out to do.”

The top-seeded Bulldogs (34-27) took a 31-30 lead into halftime and extended its lead to 10 early in the second half. Hartwick responded with a 13-2 run that ended with a three-pointer by Foglia, the tournament’s most outstanding player, for a 47-46 edge with 10:14 remaining. The Hawks never trailed again.

Hartwick finished 27-for-50 from the floor, including a 6-for-13 effort from behind the three-point line. Purcell sank two of those and tied the program’s single-season record of 55 in the process.

“Once we heard we made the ECAC Tournament, we felt like we had a second life and we weren’t about to take it for granted,” West said. “I’m very proud as a coach and it’s a great way to end the season – as champions.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Herkimer 70, Delhi 55

Quayshaun Mitchell had 14 points and nine rebounds Sunday, but host SUNY Delhi fell to top-seeded Herkimer County Community College in the Region III Tournament championship game.

“We did not have a good second half,” said Broncos coach Rob Schoener, whose team was outscored, 41-24, after the break. “It was 31-29 at halftime and it was a six-point game with 5 minutes to go. We had a couple empty possessions and they had open shots, and all of a sudden, it’s an 11-point game and you have to foul.”

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