Hartwick College rode a late surge to a 58-55 non-conference women’s basketball victory over visiting Union College on Tuesday.
The Hawks (2-1) closed with a 9-1 run over the last 2 minutes, 56 seconds for the triumph at Lambros Arena.
Junior guard Kate Purcell finished with a game-high 22 points, including two free throws that snapped a 54-all deadlock with 35 seconds left.
Union followed with a 1-for-2 effort at the free throw line to cap its scoring with 26 seconds to go.
Hartwick freshman Brittney Dumas then missed two foul shots, but junior forward Tracey Koch grabbed the rebounds, drew a foul and made both free throws.
Shayla Madden missed a three-pointer at the buzzer as Union lost its season opener.
Maria Foglia contributed 10 points and Dumas had eight for the Hawks, who rallied from a 29-27 halftime deficit.
Amy Loya’s 14 points paced Union, which received 12 apiece from Madden and Kate Thompson and 10 from Kelsey McDonald.
Union 62, Hartwick 54
Jared Suderley finished with game-highs of 25 points and nine rebounds, but Hartwick dropped a non-conference game at home.
Reigning Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year Suderley made 10 of 18 shots from the floor and went 5-for-5 from the free throw line for the Hawks (1-2), who shot 5-for-29 from three-point range.
Kyle Bradley contributed nine points and nine rebounds for Hartwick, which was outscored, 35-28, in the second half.
Joe Mason scored 16 points in the season opener for Union, which received 12 points apiece from Keith Callies and Keven Donohue.
Medaille 83, Cobleskill 79
Junior forward Will Davis had a game-high 21 points, six rebounds and three assists, but SUNY Cobleskill (1-2) lost a non-conference game in its home opener.
Sophomore point guard Alexis Nunez contributed 13 points, six steals, four assists and three rebounds for the Fighting Tigers, who got 10 points apiece from senior guard Tyrone Mitchell (seven rebounds) and junior guard Kareen Bernard.