The Daily Star
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Geneseo State sophomore Gordon Lyons scored 19 points to lead four Blue Knights in double figures in a 70-63 SUNY Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory Friday at Oneonta State.
Zach Mager had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Red Dragons (1-6, 0-3).
Geneseo (5-3, 2-0) led by 11 points on two occasions in the second half. Lyons scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half. He also had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Trailing, 46-35, with 12 minutes, 31 seconds remaining, O-State went on a 14-5 run to pull to 51-49. Freshman Jack Dignan scored nine points in the run and finished with 14 to match his season high.
Geneseo pushed its lead back to six points on back-to-back baskets before Mager scored five straight points to cut the Blue Knight lead to 55-54 with just under four minutes to play.
The Blue Knights built its lead back to nine points with 34 seconds left.
Sophomore Frankie Kelly contributed 10 points and six assists for O-State.
Senior Ryan Riefenhauser scored 18 points for Geneseo.
The Red Dragons will host Brockport at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Geneseo 49, O-State 39
Kristin Pappalardo scored a game-high 18 points, but host Oneonta State couldn’t overcome 23 percent shooting from the floor in a SUNY Athletic Conference loss.
The Red Dragons shot 14-for-59 from the floor.
Still, a steal and a layup by Kelly Mulligan with 4 minutes, 5 seconds left pulled O-State to 39-35.
Geneseo (6-1, 2-0) quickly restored its lead to nine points in a run that included two three-pointers by Allison McKenna.
Sarah Longto contributed 10 points for O-State (4-5, 1-2), which will host Brockport at 2 p.m. Saturday.
St. Lawrence 58, Hartwick 51
Maria Foglia scored a game-high 18 points, but Hartwick College’s six-game winning streak was snapped with a non-conference road loss.
A three-pointer by Foglia with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left gave Hartwick a 47-42 lead, but St. Lawrence answered with 14 straight points.
Kelly Legg made a layup before Kara McDuffee hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 47 with under three minutes left.
After Hartwick missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Allison Cady hit two free throws to give St. Lawrence the lead for keeps. Hartwick missed its next three shots as St. Lawrence went 7-for-8 from the line to seal it.
“I thought our players really played hard tonight,” Hartwick coach Missy West said. “I was proud of their effort and they really came to play. The difference down the stretch was that we didn’t play smart and missed some key free throws.
“We went through a key stretch where we didn’t score for 3-4 minutes, which hurt us,” she continued. “We simply cannot afford to have these types of droughts against good teams.”
St. Lawrence (3-3) went 17-for-19 from the line, including 14 of 16 in the second half.
Kate Purcell finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Brittney Dumas had 13 points for Hartwick (6-2), which will next play Randolph-Macon at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Cruzin Classic at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Old Westbury 61, Cobleskill 52
Senior forward scored a team-high 14 points for host SUNY Cobleskill, which couldn’t overcome a 15-point halftime deficit in a non-conference loss Thursday.
The Fighting Tigers (1-5) shot 24 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed, 35-20.
Carolina Concepcion had 10 points and five rebounds for Cobleskill, which received eight points and 10 rebounds from Tracee Schiebel.
Old Westbury (2-4) received 22 points from DeAndra Scott.
Cobleskill will host Keuka College in its North Eastern Athletic Conference opener at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Three Dragons recognized
Oneonta State’s Kayla Brantmeyer, Krystal Scott and Karly DeSimone earned all-East honors in Division III by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Brantmeyer, a senior, was named to the First Team. Scott, a sophomore, garnered Second Team honors and DeSimone, a junior, was a third-team pick.
Brantmeyer and DeSimone earned all-East recognition for the second time.
DeSimone and Scott also gained ECAC Division III Metro/Upstate all-star honors. Scott was named the Rookie of the Year. DeSimone was honored by the ECAC for the second time.
Brantmeyer, the SUNY Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year, made the all-region for the first time since her freshman season. A four-time all-SUNYAC selection, Brantmeyer led the Red Dragons with 16 points and tied for the team lead with six goals, including three that decided games. She joined Stamford graduate Mary Velan as the lone O-State players to win SUNYAC player and rookie of the year honors.
Over four years at O-State, Brantmeyer scored 20 goals and had seven assists.
DeSimone, a SUNYAC first-teamer, made the all-region for the first time since 2010. She had five goals and three assists.
Scott, the SUNYAC’s Rookie of the Year, was the Red Dragons’ starting sweeper. She had one assist.
“It’s great for our program to have three players recognized with all-region awards,” O-State coach Liz McGrail said in a media release sent by the school.