Oneonta State's Samantha Szkotak and Oswego State's Meagan Stover struggle for a loose ball in the first half of the game at Oneonta State. The play ended in a held ball, with possession going to Oneonta.

Senior Samantha Szkotak scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to help Oneonta State pull away for a 63-40 SUNY Athletic Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Oswego on Friday.

Szkotak also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Red Dragons (16-5), who improved to 13-2 in conference.

Leading, 37-33, at halftime, Szkotak scored six points during a 14-2 run to open the second half.

Madison Slagle contributed 14 points for O-State, which is ranked fifth in the NCAA East Region poll.

O-State hosts rival Cortland at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Oswego (11-10) is 6-8 in conference.

Hartwick 56, Nazareth 53

Freshman guard Jo Vincents scored nine of Hartwick's last 11 points to lead the Hawks to a road win in the Empire 8 Conference.

Two free throws by Vincents and another by Maria Foglia gave Hartwick a 56-51 lead with 14 seconds left. Brittany Patenaude then made a layup for Nazareth with less than three seconds to go and the Hawks threw away the ensuing inbounds pass.

Katie Kollar got free on the right side for a decent look at a three-pointer, but her shot bounced off the back of the rim as the Golden Flyers fell to 11-11 overall and 4-8 in the conference.

Vincents finished with a college-best 13 points, including an 8-for-9 effort from the free throw line. Sophomore Kate Purcell hit four three-pointers en route to a game-high 14 points for the Hawks (20-3, 11-1), who got 11 points from Foglia and a team-best eight rebounds from Tracey Koch.

"I'm very proud of our players," said Hartwick coach Missy West, whose team reached 20 wins for the eighth time in program history and the first time since the 1996-97 season. "They work so hard and to get to 20 wins is fantastic."

Hartwick's 11th straight victory and 19th in the last 20 games secured at least the No. 2 seed in the Empire 8 Tournament for the Hawks, who are tied with Ithaca atop the conference standings.

Hartwick visits St. John Fisher (11-12, 7-5) on Saturday. The Hawks defeated the Cardinals, 59-49, on Jan. 20.


Hartwick 83, Nazareth 65

Jared Suderley scored a game-high 25 points to lead defending Empire 8 champion Hartwick (21-2, 10-2) to a conference victory on the road.

Anthony Keane contributed 19 points for the Hawks, who received 15 from Mike Geisser and 12 from Chris Ryder. Keane also finished with a game-high nine assists for Hartwick, which got a game-best 14 rebounds from Ryder.

The Hawks, who took a 45-30 lead into halftime, are at St. John Fisher on Saturday.

Oswego 68, O-State 55

Frankie Kelly and Dan Lee scored in double figures, but Oneonta State (2-20, 1-14) dropped a SUNYAC game at home.

Kelly finished with 12 points and six assists for the Red Dragons, who received 11 points from Lee.

Hayden Ward's 13 points paced the Lakers (18-3, 14-0), who received 12 points apiece from Josh Delfino and Conor Monaghan and 10 from Chad Burridge.

Oneonta hosts Cortland at 4 p.m. Saturday.


Kane Invitational

SUNY Delhi's Tiyi Boone finished fourth overall in the women's pentathlon with a program-record 3,228 points during the Kane Invitational at Cornell.

Boone's point total marked the highest for a Region III woman this season and qualified her for the NJCAA Championships, which run March 2-3 at Eastern Illinois University.

Boone, who has the second-best score in the NJCAA this season, broke Margery Holman's mark of 2,975 points, which she set for the Broncos in 2004.

Teammate Andre Adkins leads the men's heptathlon in the two-day invitational with 2,561 points after four events.


SUNYAC Championships

Oneonta High graduate Alex Miller, a junior at Oneonta State, earned his first SUNY Athletic Conference title, winning the 100-yard backstroke in a school- and conference-record time Friday during the second day of the three-day SUNYAC meet at Erie Community College.

Miller touched in 51.37 seconds, breaking the school record set by teammate Colton Roe a day earlier as apart of the Red Dragons' 400 medley relay. Roe finished in 51.56. Both of those times met the NCAA B standard. The old SUNYAC record was 51.99.

Miller also anchored O-State's winning 800 relay team that broke the school record by 14 seconds. He joined Roe, Daniel Donaghy and Ryan Walsh to finish in 7:01.52. The previous record of 7:15.58 was set in 2010.

Walsh placed first in the 100 butterfly. He finished in 51.24.

The Red Dragons have 286 points and are in third place. Since men's swimming was reinstituted as a sport in 1998, the Red Dragons have never finished higher than sixth. The meet concludes Saturday.

O-State's women are in fifth place with 205 points.

They received three top-eight finishes: Carly Cahill and Lindsey Molfino finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 backstroke, and Kelly Ruff was eight in the 400 individual medley.

On Thursday, Oneonta State's men won the 400-yard medley relay in a school-record time.

The all underclassmen team of Miller (Oneonta High), Alex Vaughn, Walsh and Roe touched in 3:28.49 to beat runner-up Cortland State by .08. It also broke the previous school record of 3:35.35 set last season by about seven seconds. It marked the first time the Red Dragons earned a conference championship in a relay event in nearly 45 years.

Donaghy placed fourth in the 500 free (4:47.85) and Jermaine Miller finished fourth in 1-meter diving (450.70) for the Red Dragons.

Melissa Erickson turned in O-State's lone top-eight finish, placing sixth in the 500 free. Her time of 5:17.26 set a school record. She broke Sarah Millspaugh's record set six years earlier.

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