The Daily Star
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Zach Mager scored a game-high 22 points as host Oneonta State ended a nine-game skid with a 67-57 SUNY Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Oswego State on Tuesday.
The Lakers (9-2) fell to 2-2 in SUNYAC play. Oneonta (2-9) is 1-4 in conference.
Mager shot 8-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Frankie Kelly contributed 13 points for Oneonta. His jumper with 16 minutes, 47 seconds left gave the Red Dragons the lead for keeps at 34-32.
Kelly hit a pair of free throws to increase Oneonta’s lead to 56-45. Oswego closed its deficit to four points with about two minutes left, but Mager answered with a three-pointer.
Oneonta High graduate Alex Mirabito missed both of shot attempts for Oswego. Mirabito, The Daily Star’s Player of the Year in 2009, had one rebound and two steals in 12 minutes.
The Red Dragons will host New Paltz at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Oswego 56, Oneonta 52
Junior Grace Schilling scored her college high of 20 points, but host Oneonta State lost in the SUNY Athletic Conference.
Oswego (10-1) improved to 4-0 in conference. The Red Dragons (4-8) are 1-4 in the SUNYAC.
Oneonta pulled to 55-52 on a three-pointer by Schilling with 14 seconds left.
But Evelyn Josebena hit a free throw with 10 seconds left to seal for the Lakers.
Senior Kari Kipper had 23 points to lead Oswego, which led, 32-20, at halftime.
Sarah Longto had 11 points and Lyteshia Price contributed 11 rebounds for O-State, which hosts New Paltz at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Hartwick senior men’s soccer midfielder Tyler Bailey earned a spot on the 2012 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, which was announced Monday.
Bailey is one of 14 MAC players to earn the distinction. Teammates Jason Keefe, Mateo Munarriz, Rio Dhat and Nathaniel Horton earned honorable mentions.
The Academic All-MAC award is for student-athletes who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and have participated in at least 50 percent of a team’s games.
A Binghamton University transfer, Bailey started every game for the Hawks this past fall. He is an English major at Hartwick with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.70.
Forward Keefe played in all 17 games this past season and has a cumulative GPA of 3.51. Starting goalie Munarriz has a cumulative GPA of 3.82, Dhat’s is 3.96, and Horton’s at 3.23.
O-State women recognized
The Oneonta State women’s soccer team earned a bronze medal for sportsmanship from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The Red Dragons went 12-7-1 and advanced to the SUNY Athletic Conference championship game. They had six yellow cards and no red cards during the season.
The NSCAA Ethics Award recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the Laws of the Game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season.
A total of 74 women’s teams received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the award. Gold recipients complete the entire season without receiving any cards. The Silver Award is for teams that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards. The Bronze Award went to teams that received no reds and a maximum of 10 yellows.
Hawks of the Week
Hartwick selected women’s basketball freshman Brittney Dumas and junior swimmer Luke Grunewald as its Hawks of the Week, the college announced Monday.
Dumas led Hartwick in scoring in two Empire 8 victories this past weekend. On Friday, she had college highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 62-44 win at Nazareth. The following day, in a 67-58 victory over Houghton, she scored a team-best 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field.
Grunewald won two events this past Saturday in a sweep of Union and Springfield for the men’s swimming and diving team. The Hawks beat the Dutchmen, 145-96, and the Pride, 128-113. Grunewald won the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:03.39) and the 500 free (4:51.40).
Tiger of the Week
SUNY Cobleskill selected senior men’s basketball player Tyrone Mitchell as its Fighting Tiger Athlete of the Week on Monday.
Mitchell, a senior, scored 19 points and grabbed four rebounds in Cobleskill’s 82-80 loss to North Eastern Athletic Conference rival Penn State Abington on Saturday.
He’s averaging 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists this season for the Fighting Tigers (2-9, 0-2), who host a NEAC game against Cazenovia at 2 p.m. today.