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December 20, 2012

Hartwick women lose battle in Florida

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Hartwick College got the short end of a 2-for-1 deal Wednesday.

The Hawks ended their December trip to Florida with a 56-50 women’s basketball loss to the University of Mary Washington in the Cruzin Classic at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

The Eagles (8-3) secured the victory by outscoring Hartwick, 24-12, over the last eight-plus minutes. Both teams reached the NCAA Division III Tournament last season.

“We played a very tough game today,” said Hartwick coach Missy West, whose 7-3 team held a 38-32 lead before giving up 12 straight points in the second half. “We played excellent defense and really kept Mary Washington off the glass.”

Junior guard Kate Purcell finished with a team-best 14 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks, who received 13 points from Maria Foglia. Purcell and Foglia hit three three-pointers apiece for Hartwick, which went 6-for-18 from behind the arc.

Purcell and Brittney Dumas (eight points) contributed four steals apiece for Hartwick, which trailed, 22-21, at halftime.

Sam Partonen scored a game-high 24 points for the Eagles, who won their first 30 games last season en route to an appearance in the national quarterfinals.

Partonen hit the last of her four three-pointers with 44 seconds left, giving Mary Washington a 51-42 lead. Foglia followed with consecutive threes, but the Eagles made 5 of 6 free throws in the last 29 seconds for the victory.

The Hawks finished 1-1 at the Cruzin Classic as they opened with a 61-49 defeat of Randolph-Macon College on Monday.

Hartwick is off until Jan. 4, when it opens Empire 8 Conference play at Nazareth.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

O-State drops two

Oneonta State lost both of its games in the Hoop-N-Surf Classic, which ran Monday and Tuesday in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Red Dragons opened with a 70-54 loss to Ottawa on Monday, then fell, 68-54, to St. Edwards on Tuesday.

Frankie Kelly scored a game-high 19 points and Zach Mager contributed 14 on Monday, when O-State failed to rally from a 38-21 halftime deficit against Ottawa (6-6).

Kelly and Mager finished Tuesday’s game as O-State’s top scorers, too, with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Mager also grabbed nine rebounds for the Red Dragons (1-9), who were outscored, 41-21, by St. Edwards (9-6) in the second half.

Oneonta is off until Jan. 8, when it hosts a SUNY Athletic Conference game against Oswego.

WRESTLING

O-State pair honored

The Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference recognized Oneonta State teammates Ben Mikac and Shaun Gillen as its Wrestler of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the Red Dragons announced Wednesday.

Mikac, a junior, and freshman Gillen each went 4-0 during Sunday’s Gulf Coast Duals in Fort Myers, Fla.

Mikac had one pin, one major decision and two decisions at 133 pounds. His run included a 3-2 decision over 15th-ranked Dillon Anderson of Central College and a 9-4 decision over 19th-ranked Jimmy Panozzo of Augustana.

Gillen won all four of his matches at 165 pounds by decision, including a 11-3 major decision over North Central’s Will Hubbard.

O-State, which went 2-2 at the event, is one of eight teams affiliated with the ECWC. Other conference members are Brockport, Cortland, Ithaca, Lycoming, Messiah, Oswego and Rochester Institute of Technology.