One season after winning its first Empire 8 Conference men's basketball championship, Hartwick College is one victory from clinching the conference's regular-season title and earning home-court advantage for the E8 tournament.
Jared Suderley scored a team-high 24 points to go with five rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 64-62 E8 victory at St. John Fisher on Saturday.
Hartwick's win coupled with Stevens Tech' loss to Nazareth on Saturday gives the Hawks sole possession of first place in the conference. The Hawks (22-2, 11-2) can clinch the regular-season title with a win over visiting Stevens at 4 p.m. Saturday.
"It's another great road win for us," said third-year Hartwick coach Todd McGuinness, whose third-seeded team beat fourth-seeded St. John Fisher, 69-58, in last year's E8 final at Lambros Arena.
Hartwick couldn't celebrate its win Saturday until Fisher's Adam Ambielli's three-point attempt missed long as time expired.
Consecutive threes by Ambielli and Justin Plata gave the Cardinals (10-14, 3-10) a 54-50 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left.
The Hawks answered with a 12-3 run. Chris Ryder, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds, capped the spurt with a three-pointer that gave Hartwick a 62-57 lead with just over two minutes left and the Hawks held on.
Hartwick's Mike Geisser contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
Cortland 73, O-State 51
Freshman Frankie Kelly scored a team-high 11 points, but host Oneonta State lost in the SUNY Athletic Conference on Saturday to fall to 2-21 on the season.
O-State (1-15 in SUNYAC), pulled to eight points with 12:38 left, but Cortland (16-6, 11-4) went on a 19-6 run to all but end it.
Home games against Potsdam on Tuesday and New Paltz on Friday will end O-State's season.
Wells 86, Cobleskill 67
Freshman Jayson McCaster scored his college high of 22 points in 15 minutes for visiting SUNY Cobleskill, which lost Saturday in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.
McCaster made 10 of his 11 shots from the field.
Brendan Doherty and Clint Foster had 18 and 14 points, respectively, for the Fighting Tigers (2-21, 2-11), who'll host Morrisville State at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Cobleskill will honor seniors Tarik Payton, Foster and Doherty before the game.
Delhi 59, Hudson Valley 57
Ray Warren found John Brown for a layup with five seconds left that snapped a 57-all tie and lifted host SUNY Delhi to a Mountain Valley Conference victory Saturday.
"It was a couple of sophomores making a big play," Delhi coach Rob Schoener said.
Jeff Kruzinski just missed a 25-footer at the buzzer for Hudson Valley (19-9). Kruzinski scored a game-high 26 points.
Hudson Valley led, 50-43, with 5 1/2 minutes left before the Broncos went an 8-0 run. Warren (11 points) and Jonathan Annan (14 points) hit three-pointers and Stefan Bock hit a two during the run.
Brown finished with 12 points.
Delhi (22-5, 12-3), which has won all 11 of its home games this season and has a 20-game home winning streak, will host Columbia-Greene on Thursday night in its home finale.
Delhi 59, Hudson Valley 57
HUDSON VALLEY (19-9): Anthony Metzold 0 0-0 0, Jeff Kruzinski 9 3-4 26, Kenny Jones 1 0-1 2, Jeremy Taylor 2 0-0 4, Kalik Parker 4 0-0 10, Jacob Palmer 2 4-4 8, Connor Maisch 3 0-1 7. TOTALS: 21 7-10 57.
SUNY DELHI (22-5, 12-3): Ray Warren 3 2-2 11, Jonathan Hurtado 2 0-0 4, Quayshaun Mitchell 1 3-4 6, Stefan Bock 1 0-0 2, John Brown 6 0-0 12, Terrynce Wilson 2 2-4 8, Jonathan Annan 5 1-2 14, Al Paul 0 2-2 2. TOTALS: 20 10-14 59.
Halftime: HV, 31-29. Three-point field goals: H 8 (Kruzinski 5, Parker 2, Maisch); D 9 (Annan 3, Warren 3, Wilson 2, Mitchell).
Hartwick 81, St. John Fisher 72
Sophomore Kate Purcell scored her college high of 31 points to go along with 14 rebounds and five steals to lead visiting Hartwick College to an overtime victory in the Empire 8 Conference on Saturday.
The Hawks (21-3, 12-1) won for the 20th time in their last 21 games. They also kept pace with Ithaca College in the E8. Both teams are atop the standings with one loss.
"Our players are so deserving of this," said coach Missy West, who earned her 50th win at Hartwick. "We're going to get some much-needed rest and get our legs back. We still have a lot of work left ahead of us and we know nothing will come easy from here on out."
Maria Foglia, who had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, scored the first four points of overtime at the free throw line.
After St. John Fisher (11-13, 7-6) scored the next three points, Josefine Vincents hit a three-pointer to give Hartwick a 72-68 lead with 1 minute, 34 seconds left.
Two free throws by Meghan Soja cut the Cardinals' deficit to two with 1:17 left, but Foglia answered with two free throws.
Portia Velasco brought Fisher to 75-72 on a jumper with 37 seconds left, but Foglia capped her 13-for-14 effort from the free throw line by making two with 36 seconds left to give the Hawks a 77-72 lead.
"Our girls are so poised down the stretch in games," West said. "Jo hit a big three-pointer in overtime and Maria hit some clutch free throws in the end."
Purcell gave Hartwick a 65-60 lead on a three-pointer, St. John Fisher scored the final five points of regulation, including a three-pointer by Sydney Bloomstein.
Purcell shot 12-for-24 from the field and hit four three-pointers. She has 80 threes during her two seasons, which pulled Purcell into a third-place in Hartwick history with 2010 graduate Heather Pruchansky.
Vincents had 12 points, Carlee Hirt contributed 11 and Cooperstown graduate Samantha Fox contributed seven points for Hartwick, which hosts Stevens Tech at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Hawks will honor seniors Fox and Brittany Ladner before the game.
O-State 72, Cortland 62
Seniors Samantha Szkotak and Madison Slagle scored 19 points apiece to lead host Oneonta State to a SUNY Athletic Conference victory Saturday.
O-State (16-6, 14-2) held a 52-29 rebounding advantage. Oneonta's Sarah Longto had a game-high nine rebounds.
O-State also overcame a Cortland squad that made 13 three-pointers. Molly Byrne scored 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting from three-point range to lead Cortland, which received two points from Oneonta High graduate Erin Wolstenholme.
Winners of five straight, O-State is atop the SUNYAC standings. It has a half-game lead over Buffalo State, which is 13-2 in conference.
Alyshia Crawford contributed eight points for O-State, which travels to Potsdam at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Wells 52, Cobleskill 40
Senior Chelcy Moore had 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks for SUNY Cobleskill, which lost a road game in the North Eastern Athletic Conference on Saturday.
The Fighting Tigers (11-11, 8-7) lost their fourth straight.
Cobleskill plays host to Morrisville State at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Hudson Valley 63, Delhi 58
Hudson Valley's Kelly Kell went 13-for-15 from the free throw line, including 6-for-6, in the final 1:40 to lead visiting Hudson Valley to a Mountain Valley Conference win Saturday.
Kell finished with a team-high 21 points.
Pam Sosa had a game-high 24 points for the Broncos, who received 12 points from Tequilla Lloyd and 11 from South Kortright graduate Renee Craft. Gilbertsville-Mount Upton graduate Tanya Barnes contributed eight points for Delhi (16-9, 15-8), which plays host to Word of Life on Wednesday.
HUDSON VALLEY 63, SUNY DELHI 58
HUDSON VALLEY: Arianna Youngs 3 2-4 9, Gabriella Badalucco 0 0-0 0, Kelly Kleis 1 1-2 3, Angelica Smith 1 0-0 2, Kelly Kell 4 13-15 21, Erica Houle 7 0-0 18, Tiane Watt 3 4-5 10. Totals: 19 20-26 63.
SUNY DELHI (16-9, 15-8): Tequilla Lloyd 4 4-6 12, Pam Sosa 10 2-2 24, Renee Craft 5 1-1 11, Bri Lambert 0 0-0 0, Tanya Barnes 3 1-1 8, Tara Bryant 0 0-0 0, Taylor DeVantier 1 0-2 3. TOTALS: 23 8-12 58.
Halftime: Delhi, 22-18. Three-point field goals: H 5 (Youngs, Houle 4), D 4 (Sosa 2, Barnes, DeVantier).
Hartwick College's 15th-ranked women's team improved to 2-1 in the Triton Invitational at UC San Diego with an 8-7 victory over 14th-ranked Long Beach State on Sunday. The Hawks also had a late match against Cal-Bakersfield on Sunday.
On Saturday, Hartwick lost, 10-8, to No. 19 Cal-State Northridge before beating Sonoma State, 14-8, Saturday.
Against Northridge, Kamila Zakirova had three goals and Allison Kosich contributed two to lead the Hawks. Alyssa Analytis scored to pull the Hawks to 9-8 with 6:11 to play, but Northridge hung on.
Lisa Bass finished with five goals against Sonoma. Sami Capparelli, Kylie Traube and Jemma Dendy Young had two goals apiece for the Hawks.
Hartwick is 4-3.
Respective third- and fifth-place showings by Oneonta State's men's and women's swimming teams marked the program's best showing in the SUNY Athletic Conference championships since the sport was reinstated in 1998.
O-State's men finished with 415 points. The women completed the three-day meet at Erie Community College with 320 points.
Coach Chris Schuler-Ghiorse was named the SUNYAC's men's coach of the year. It marks the first time an O-State men's coach has been so honored since Don Ball in 1970.
"I share this honor with my athletes who are in the pool each day doing what they can to be better," Schuler-Ghiorse said in a media release. "I believe we are on the cusp of something really special at Oneonta."
The O-State men broke 12 individual and three relay school records during the three-day competition. They finished with three individual SUNYAC titles and two relay victories.
Sophomore Ryan Walsh earned two conference titles, the 100-yard butterfly (51.24 seconds) and the 200 butterfly (school-record 1:55.39).
Oneonta High graduate Alex Miller had the Red Dragons' other individual title. He won the 100 backstroke in a SUNYAC-record time of 51.31, an effort that also met the NCAA B standard. Miller also broke his school record in the 200 backstroke, touching 1:54.41 in placing fourth in Saturday's final.
Walsh and Miller joined Alex Vaughn and Colton Roe on O-State's winning 400 medley relay team. Walsh, Miller, Roe and Daniel Donaghy teamed for victory in the 800 free relay.
Jermaine Miller contributed a fourth place in 1-meter diving and a fifth place in 3-meter diving.
On the women's side, freshman Hillary Chocko set two school records and swam on three record-setting relay teams. Her school records came in the 200 free and the 100 butterfly _ both set during her legs of the 800 free and 400 medley relays. Her best individual finish was a 12th in the 100 butterfly.
Sophomore Melissa Erickson placed sixth in the 500 free, breaking a 6-year-old school record in the process. She touched in 5:17.26. Erickson also finished fourth in the 1,650 free. Her time of 18:10.49 also broke a 6-year-old school record.
Junior Kristen Magliola broke her school record in the 200 breaststroke by .03. She finished in 2:32.82. Magliola also swam on 400 and 800 free relays that broke school records.
SUNY Delhi sophomore Andre Adkins set school and Region III records in winning the heptathlon Saturay in the Kane Invitational at Cornell.
Adkins had held both records with a score of 4,152 he set last season. He also broke Delhi's record and the Region III record in the pole vault while competing in the heptathlon. He cleared 14 feet, 5 1/2 inches. The old school record of 14-0 was set by Scott Muir in 1996.
Adkins' performance is the best among NJCAA athletes this indoor season.
"As a freshman, Andre had a lot to learn," Delhi coach Justin Wood said. "Coming back as a sophomore, he knew what he was getting into. He practiced better this year and that led to significantly better performances."
Like Adkins, Bainbridge-Guilford graduate Chris Burnett qualified for indoor nationals. He finished sixth in the 5,000 meters in 15 minutes, 29.46 seconds.
The Broncos' Gary Castelli placed sixth and 11th, respectively, in the 200 (23.25) and the long jump (21-12), and Dylan Lowry and Ian Kowalchuk placed seventh and 14th, respectively, in the 800. Lowry finished in 1:57.87 and Kowalchuk crossed 1:59.58.
Delhi's women were led by Tiyi Boone, who finished sixth in the 500 in 1:24.59. Nieema Lewis contributed a 13th-place showing in the 200 (28.19).
SUNY Cobleskill also competed in the Kane Invitational.
Sophomore sprinter Africa Harper set a school record in the 200 meters.
Harper, named Cobleskill's athlete of the week, finished fourth in 26.95 seconds and qualified for the New York State College Track & Field Conference in the process. She also placed seventh in the 400 in 1:01.58. That time also qualified her for the NYSCTC meet.
Senior Shorna Brown qualified for the NYSCTC and Eastern College Athletic Conference meet by clearing 5-foot-5 in the high jump. Brown finished seventh.
Oneonta High graduate Jennifer Havens contributed a 15th-place effort in the 500. Her time of 1:26.39 qualified her for the NYSCTC meet.
Cobleskill's men were led by Namib Harris, who qualified for the NYSCTC meet in the 500 (1:08.92) and the triple jump (43-4 1/4). Harris finished 12th and ninth, respectively, in those events.
Cobleskill also sent its distance-medley relay team of Josh Miller, Melique Garcia, Marten Peterson and Conor Cashin to Boston University's Valentine Invitational.
The quartet broke the school record by over 12 seconds, crossing in 10:26.10 to finish 16th. That time easily met the qualifying standard for the ECAC and NYSCTC meets.
The Fighting Tigers and the Broncos will head to the RIT Invitational at 4 p.m. Friday. That meet will double as the Region III Championships for SUNY Delhi.