Alvernia erased a five-point SUNY Oneonta lead in the final 89 seconds and Malik Green hit a 3-pointer with a second left to lift the Golden Wolves over the Red Dragons, 71-70, Friday, Nov. 15, at Oneonta's Dewar Arena.
The result marks the first time since 2016 that the Red Dragons began their season with a loss.
In a game that was close throughout, Alvernia equaled the largest deficit of the game at 53-46 after Green made a layup with 8:55 left in the second half. But the Red Dragons answered over the next five minutes, eventually retaking the lead at 60-59 with 3:24 left after two free throws from Frankie Williams.
Oneonta would lead by as many as five on two occasions, including with 1:29 remaining as Kevin Mackin twice converted from the stripe. Even after Alvernia tied it at 68 on a 3-pointer from Justin Thomas, the Red Dragons took a 70-68 advantage left with 13 seconds left on a bucket from Dylan Trombley.
Thomas missed a 3 on the final Alvernia possession, but Green collected the rebound before hitting the decisive shot from beyond the arc.
The make gave Green 16 points, making him one of three Golden Wolves in double figures. Thomas was 12-for-23 from the field to lead all scorers with 31 points, and Darnell Ransom scored 10 for the visitors.
Mackin was the lone Red Dragon in double figures, finishing 5-for-15 from the field to total 15 points in a game-high 37 minutes. Joseph Bull, Harrison Deegan, Andres Rivera and Williams each scored nine for Oneonta, with Bull also collecting a game-high 12 rebounds.
Trombley had seven points and Kameron Hickey scored six for O-State, which got points from nine players.
Alvernia finished 28-for-57 from the field (49.1%) and 6-for-16 from beyond the arc (37.5%), while Oneonta was 26-for-60 (43.3%) and 9-for-29 (31%). The real difference was at the foul line as the Golden Wolves were 9-of-14 for 64.3% and Oneonta went 9-for-17, 52.9%.
Oneonta (0-1) will play Wesley in the Quality Inn Tournament consolation game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Dewar Arena. Alvernia will play DeSales, a 95-88 winner against Wesley, in the final.
Hartwick 91, The City College of New York 65
Pat Garey's 16 points paced four Hartwick players in double figures as the Hawks won the first game of the Hartwick College Tip-Off Tournament.
The Hawks took control early, leading by as many as 22 in the first half before taking a 45-25 lead into halftime.
CCNY never got closer than 17 in the second half as Hartwick won for the second time this week.
Garey was an efficient 6-for-10 from the field, including a 3-of-7 mark from beyond the arc, to score his 16 in 24 minutes.
Kyle Bradshaw scored 13, Tommy Kelly had 11 and Nick Eiler had 10 off the bench for Hartwick. Austin Haskell had a game-high 10 rebounds and five points.
Yassine Sakhi scored a game-high 24 points and Isaiah Denard had 15 for CCNY.
The Hawks held a decisive 14-5 advantage in steals and led most other statistical categories.
Hartwick (2-1) will play Farmingdale State, a 95-84 winner over Plattsburgh, in the tournament final at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
SUNY Cobleskill 84, Alfred 81
SUNY Cobleskill remained unbeaten at 2-0 with a win over Alfred University in the first round of the 2019 Special Tee's Tip-Off Classic at Alfred State College.
Fighting Tigers senior Antwan Claxton hit the big shot for Cobleskill, knocking down a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to take an 81-79 lead that Alfred was unable to overcome.
Claxton finished with 17 points, eight assists, six rebounds, five steals and two blocks while going 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Junior James Conteh totaled 18 points and five assists while senior Daniel Owens posted 13 points, four assists and four steals.
Cobleskill will close the classic Saturday at 2 p.m. against the Pioneers of Alfred State College on the campus of Alfred University.
Worcester State 52, SUNY Oneonta 42
Worcester State outscored Oneonta in all four quarters to deal the Red Dragons a 12-point defeat in the first round of the Vassar Tournament.
Worcester State pulled away in the third quarter, scoring the frame's first 10 points for a 31-18 lead.
A 3-pointer from Leanna Corso brought Oneonta within five early in the fourth, but the Red Dragons got no closer as Worcester improved to 3-1.
Corso finished with 14 points off the bench and was the only Oneonta player in double figures.
The Red Dragons (1-1) will play Eastern at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the final game of the Vassar Tournament.