Alyshia Crawford had 18 points, four assists and four steals to lead Oneonta State’s women to a 59-43 non-conference basketball victory over Utica College in the Red Dragons’ home opener Tuesday night.
O-State (3-0) jumped to a 16-4 lead that included scoring the game’s first nine points.
Crawford scored 10 of the Red Dragons’ first 16 points.
O-State led, 29-17, at halftime and increased its lead to 17 points with seven minutes gone in the second half.
Utica (0-2) closed to 10 points with 9:05 to play, but the Red Dragons answered with a 10-3 run. A jumper by Kaitlyn Ponesse gave the O-State a 55-38 lead with 2:33 to play.
Senior Grace Schilling had eight points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Red Dragons, who will travel to the University of Rochester at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Hamilton 87, O-State 84
Linsanity showed up at Dewar Arena on Tuesday … sort of.
Joseph Lin, the brother of former New York Knicks and current Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, made several key plays down the stretch to lead Hamilton College to a non-conference win.
Joseph Lin, a junior guard, hit a three-pointer with 1:11 left to tie score at 82. He then scored on a layup with 34 seconds left to give the Continentals an 84-82 lead.
Greg Newton stepped to the foul line for Hamilton with 24 seconds left. He hit the first free throw to make it 85-82 but missed the second. Lin grabbed the offensive rebound and got it back to Newton, who was fouled. Newton went 1 of 2 from the line as Hamilton took a 86-82 lead.
Oneonta State’s Dan Lee hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to make it a two-point spread.
Bradley Gifford’s free throw gave Hamilton an 87-84 lead with 12 seconds left.
The Red Dragons’ final possession ended in a turnover.
O-State (1-2) was led by Zach Mager, who scored 27 points. Mager hit five of his seven three-point attempts, the last coming with 1:30 to play and gave O-State an 82-79 lead.
Mikey McElroy contributed 16 points and eight rebounds for the Red Dragons, who received 13 and 11 points from Lee and Jack Dignan, respectively.
Lin finished with nine points, including two three-pointers.
Hamilton (2-1) was led by Mike Hart, who had 20 points and eight rebounds.
The Red Dragons will travel to Hartwick College on Dec. 3.
Hartwick College’s 7-0 start to the season led a No. 25 ranking in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com’s poll.
The Hawks are one of three schools in New York state to be ranked, joining New York University (ninth) and the University of Rochester (22nd). They’re also one of two schools from the Empire 8 Conference to be ranked. Fifth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology is the other.
Hartwick defeated Oneonta State, 1791/2-1181/2 on Saturday and followed it up with a 139-88 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.
The Hawks will travel to Clinton for a quad meet with Hamilton, Ithaca and Geneseo on Saturday.
One day after receiving Empire 8 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors, Hartwick sophomore Tanner Williams earned the same honor from the ECAC.
Williams averaged 11.8 yards on four punt returns and recovered an onsides kick that sealed the Hawks’ 21-10 victory over Utica on Saturday. He also caught seven passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Hartwick finished its season at 6-4.
Oneonta State senior Ashley Morgan earned First Team honors and teammate Andrea Day was named to the Second Team on the North Atlantic Region Division III all-star teams.
Morgan garnered First Team accolades for the third straight season. She’s gained All-America recognition the past two seasons and has been a First Team all-SUNY Athletic Conference selection three years in a row. Morgan will appear on the national ballot, which will be voted on next week.
This past season, Morgan had six goals and a team-leading 12 assists.
Day, a junior, is making her first appearance on the all-region team. Last week, she was named to SUNYAC’s First Team. She led the Red Dragons with 16 goals and also had four assists.
O-State went 12-8.
Oneonta State junior Zach Mager was named the SUNY Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week.
Mager scored 31 points in the Red Dragons’ 95-80 victory over University of Rochester in their season opener. In that game, Mager went 16-for-17 from the free throw line, tying a school record for free throws made in a game.
He followed that with 21 points in O-State’s loss to Tufts in the championship game over Rochester’s Chuck Resler Tournament.
Hawks of the Week
Hartwick selected senior swimmer Brad Ranson and sophomore women’s basketball player Taylor Vonasek as its Hawks of the Week.
Ranson won the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 45.70 seconds), the 50 free (21.94) and the 100 free (48.48) in helping Hartwick to victory over Oneonta State on Saturday. He was also part of an 800 free relay team that set a Moyer Pool record of 7:14.54.
On Sunday, Ranson won the 50 free (21.56), the 100 free (47.78) and swam a leg on Hartwick’s winning 200 free relay team that finished in 1:28.41.
Vonasek was named the Eastern Connecticut State Tip-Off Tournament Most Valuable Player on Sunday. She scored her college high of 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting in leading the Hawks to a 65-46 victory over the host school in the championship game. Vonasek scored seven points in Hartwick’s opener, a 94-50 win over Mount St. Mary on Saturday.
For the weekend, she averaged 11.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot 63 percent from the floor.