Fighting Tigers, indeed.
SUNY Cobleskill rallied from a six-point halftime deficit Sunday to beat top-seeded host Lancaster Bible College, 49-46, in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament men’s basketball championship game as the Fighting Tigers earned their first berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament in program history.
Senior guard Alexis Nunez finished with a game-high 19 points for Cobleskill (17-10), which outscored the Chargers, 27-18, after halftime.
Nunez made the first basket to give Cobleskill its only lead of the opening half, which ended with LBC ahead, 28-22. Cobleskill then used a 10-3 run early in the second half for a 32-31 lead as Unatego graduate Travis Woods capped the spurt with a putback.
The teams engaged in a back-and-forth battle thereafter. LBC (24-3) held a 46-45 lead with 2:20 remaining, but Cobleskill went ahead when Woods made a layup off a pass from Nunez with 47 seconds to go.
Cobleskill then got a turnover, forcing the Chargers to foul freshman guard Malik Chambers with 22 seconds left. Chambers made both free throws for the final margin as LBC missed a pair of late three-point attempts.
Woods finished with eight points and five rebounds for the Fighting Tigers, who went 1-for-8 from three-point range and 4-for-9 from the foul line. Walton graduate Bryan Backus made Cobleskill’s three.
Corey Leonard’s 12 points paced LBC, which received 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds from CJ Dunston. The Chargers shot 4-for-16 from three-point range and made 8 of 13 free throws.
Mike Chapman had a team-best seven rebounds for the Fighting Tigers, whose first-round NCAA game will be announced today online at www.ncaa.com.
Cobleskill 79, PSA 69
Alexis Nunez scored his college-best of 33 points Saturday to lead Cobleskill to a semifinal victory over Penn State Abington in the NEAC Championship Tournament at Lancaster Bible College.
Nunez made 7 of 9 attempts from the floor and went 3-for-3 from the foul line for 17 points in the first half, which ended with the Fighting Tigers ahead, 37-24.
The Fighting Tigers held a 52-30 lead with 14:50 remaining. PSA (10-17) battled back to 68-62 with 3:50 left but failed to get closer.
Nunez also had four assists and four rebounds for the Fighting Tigers, who got 17 points and a team-best eight rebounds from Unatego graduate Travis Woods.
Cortrell King contributed six points, seven rebounds and three blocks for Cobleskill, which received seven points from Michael Hutchinson.
Lancaster Bible College advanced to the championship game with a 63-53 win over Keuka College on Saturday.
Oneonta State freshman James Bethel earned an NCAA Division III Tournament berth by winning the 285-pound bracket during the NCAA D-III Northeast Regionals on Sunday at Roger Williams College.
Bethel’s 7-5 decision over Rhode Island College sophomore Terrance Jean-Jacques gave him an automatic berth to the NCAAs, which run March 13-14 in Hershey, Pa.
Bethel improved to 40-4 this season while sending Jean-Jacques to his second loss in 36 matches.
Bethel’s run started with a first-round bye. He then pinned Ben Wertz of Williams College in 3:24; Mark Howard of U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 33 seconds; and Lance Moore of Cortland in 3:58 to reach the title bout.
O-State junior Shaun Gillen contributed a fourth at 174. He fell, 10-3, to Wesleyan University’s Ryan Sblendorio in the 174-pound third-place match.
Dominic DeGraba contributed a fifth at 125 pounds for the Red Dragons, who received a sixth from Chad Obzud at 197.
Oneonta State completed a wire-to-wire finish as the SUNY Athletic Conference men’s indoor track champions this past weekend, marking the second conference title in program history.
The Red Dragons had four individual champions and won one relay in amassing 152 points for the title. Cortland finished second at 110.5 points.
Charles Remillard won the 5,000-meter run in 15:05.16. Anthony Lupia took third in the same event (15:07), then placed second in the 3K (8:36.78). Mike Didas was right behind Lupia, with a third in the 3K (8:37.88).
J.D. Roth won the shot-put title with a facility record of 54 feet, 1 inch. Schenevus graduate Patrick Weinert took third in the event (51-2) and later won his second SUNYAC weight throw crown at 62-6. Roth took second in the weight throw (58-10).
Joe Carr rounded out the Red Dragons’ individual champs, winning the 200 with an ECAC-qualifying time of 22.22. Carr also finished second in the 60, with a season-best time of 7.01.
Kyle Howerton, Griffith Eddy, Andy Fleming and Jeffrey Mahar ran an ECAC-qualifying time of 10:29.87 in winning the distance medley relay.
Mahar also joined Rob Farrell, David Bohunicky and Carr for a third in the 1,600 relay. Farrell contributed a fourth in the 400 (50.78) and a fifth in the 60 hurdles (8.38).
Sean Mullen placed second in the triple jump, tying his personal-best mark of 46-9.
Jake Alviene had a runner-up finish in the 60 hurdles (8.18) and was third in the 200 (22.43).
The Red Dragons’ women set four program records and won the 1,600 relay to place fifth with 92 points. Buffalo State won its fourth indoor title with 115.5 points.
Carrie Small, Kierra Keys, Rachael Shine and Amanda Knox had a season-best and ECAC-qualifying time of 4:01.25 in the 1,600 relay to beat runner-up Geneseo by .74 seconds.
Small also set a school record with a fifth-place time of 9.39 in the 60 hurdles, and she was sixth in the 400 (59.97).
Shine took third in the 800 (2:17.24) and Elizabeth Jewiss was fourth in the same event (2:21.70) as both hit the ECAC standard.
Knox, Brianna McLoughlin, Jaclyn Masucci and Deirdre Dwyer finished second in the distance medley relay (12:33.70).
Sabrina Felice had a program-best 2,814 points for sixth in the pentathlon. Crystal Wyllie broke her pole vault record with a 10-6 to tie for sixth, and Kayla Clohessy was second in the long jump in a school record 18-5. Teammate Kaitlyn Kieser, who held the previous long jump record, placed sixth in the event at 17-5.
Alyssa Drapeau was second in the 5,000 (17:51.79) and third in the 3,000 (personal-best 10:22.31).
Meghan Serdock took second in weight throw (49-10) and Taylor DeClerck was third (49-3).
O-State will compete this weekend in the ECAC Division III Championships at the Armory in New York City.
Cobleskill All-American sprinter Winston Lee won the 60-meter dash for the second consecutive season with a time of 6.91 seconds Saturday at the New York State College Track Conference Indoor Championships at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Fighting Tigers, who tied for 10th out of 13 teams with 23 points, also received all-conference efforts from Javante Coley with a fourth in the 200 (22.92) and a fourth in the 400 (50.98).
Richard Kemp was sixth in the triple jump (43-2.25).
Emily Belewich’s ninth in the 60 hurdles (10.03) paced Cobleskill’s women, who were last with zero points.
Cobleskill qualifiers will compete in the ECAC Championships, which run Friday and Saturday at the Armory in New York City.
Harvard 11, Hartwick 6
Katie McKenty scored three times Sunday, but Hartwick College lost a CWPA match to Harvard at Bucknell University to fall to 8-12 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Blanca Anton Cuesta, Natalie May and Zsofia Polak scored once for the Hawks, who faced an 8-3 halftime deficit.
Hartwick will visit Indiana this Saturday for matches against the Hoosiers and the University of Michigan. The Hawks also will face UC Irvine next Sunday.
Hartwick 14, GW 9
Nicolina Mihajlovik had five goals and three assists Saturday as Hartwick topped George Washington in a CWPA match at Bucknell.
Katie McKenty contributed a goal and five assists for the Hawks, who got three goals apiece from Brittany Tait and Blanca Anton Cuesta. Kylie Traube and Rebecca Armstrong also scored.
Princeton 9, Hartwick 4
Zsofia Polak’s three goals and one assist paced Hartwick in a CWPA loss to 11th-ranked Princeton on Saturday at Bucknell.
Nicolina Mihajlovik also scored for Hartwick, which got an assist from Blanca Anton Cuesta.
Princeton snapped a 2-all tie with a 5-1 run in the second period.
O-State 10, Farmingdale 1
Mike Metzger finished with three goals and an assist Saturday as Oneonta State improved to 2-0 on the season with a non-conference victory on the road.
Ryan Adler made 12 saves in goal for the Red Dragons, who took a 4-0 lead into halftime. Metzger scored in the last 20 seconds in each of the first two periods. He also matched teammate Anthony Laureano with a goal and an assist in the third period, when Oneonta scored four times.
The Rams fell to 1-1.
The Red Dragons visit ninth-ranked Union College on Tuesday.
Onondaga 26, Delhi 2
Gavin Schlosser and Ryan Vollmer scored first-period goals Friday to give SUNY Delhi a 2-1 lead in the first period of its season opener, but NJCAA top-ranked Onondaga Community College followed with 25 unanswered goals for a victory at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex.
Jeremy Leary had an assist for the seventh-ranked Broncos, who faced a 17-2 halftime deficit.
Delhi will play at Ocean County College in New Jersey at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Alexis Steelman placed 27th overall in the 1-meter dive with 348.15 points Saturday at the NCAA Division III Region III Diving Championships at Springfield College.
Teammate Merrin Gural took 28th at 326.10 in the same event. Both Cobleskill divers qualified for regionals at the NEAC Championships earlier this season, becoming the first Fighting Tigers to compete at an NCAA championship event.
Hobart 9, O-State 0
Cole Laffitte and Matteo Befi pushed their respective opponents to tiebreakers but fell as Oneonta State lost a non-conference match on the road Saturday.
Laffitte lost, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6, to Matt DePrima at fourth singles. Befi fell, 3-6, 6-2, 10-5, to Colin Marker at fifth singles.
The Red Dragons (0-4) will compete March 10-11 during their spring trip to Orlando, Fla.