DJ Nickelson contributed 11 points and Arif Mehmetaj had 10 for Delhi (28-5), which took the No. 2 seed in the region and the No. 8 ranking among NJCAA Division III teams into the final.
Demetrius Mitchell scored a game-high 21 points for the sixth-ranked Generals (30-3), who advanced to the NJCAA D-III Tournament at Sullivan CC in two weeks.
“They do an excellent job of really getting out in transition, especially off turnovers,” Schoener said. “We turned the ball over 20 times today and they scored 31 points off turnovers.”
Despite the loss, Schoener received Coach of the Year honors from Region III and the Mountain Valley Conference. Delhi also had all-region first-teamers in Quayshaun Mitchell and Stefan Bock. The MVC honored Bock with a first-team all-conference spot and placed Mitchell on its Second Team. Ismael Pierre, who has been injured, earned an all-region honorable mention and made the Third Team in the MVC.
Delhi advanced to the title game with a 69-48 semifinal defeat of Hudson Valley CC on Saturday. Bock had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Broncos, who received 14 points from Mehmetaj and 12 from Quayshaun Mitchell.
Oneonta State freshman Shaun Gillen qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships by placing third in the Northeast Regional tournament at Worcester Polytechnic Institute over the weekend.
The top three wrestlers in each weight class earned automatic bids into the D-III championships March 15-16 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Gillen, the sixth seed, finished third at 165 pounds.
Gillen went 4-1 during the two-day event. He earned his spot into nationals with a 3-1 overtime decision against fifth-seeded David Pinto of Norwich in the third-place match. Gillen advanced to the third-place match with a 4-3 win over No. 4 Sean Prell of Johnson & Wales.
Juniors Dan Graff, Sean Hanson and Chad Obzud were named all-region performers for O-State after finishing the top six.