January 21, 2008


Dragons nipped in battle for 1st place

POTSDAM — The SUNY Cortland men’s basketball team had a six-game winning streak snapped, but not without giving the defending conference champions a tussle.
Plattsburgh, the reigning SUNY Athletic Conference playoff champions currently ranked 21st nationally in Division III, cooled off the visiting Red Dragons 74-69 Saturday at Memorial Hall.
Khylan Hunt’s 3-point shot with 1:40 left to play snapped a 65-65 deadlock — the 10th tie of the game — and carried the Cardinals to victory in this showdown of conference unbeatens.
Hunt led the winners with 17 points as Plattsburgh now stands alone in first place in the East Division at 6-0. That is the best start to a SUNYAC season for the Cardinals since the 1964-65 campaign, Plattsburgh improving to 12-2 overall.
Sophomore center Mike Lewis scored a career high 25 points on 12-of-17 shooting for the Red Dragons, who are now 4-1 in SUNYAC play and 11-3 overall.
Sophomore Will Coston had 19 points, sophomore Paul Oliver 10, junior Juan Miolan six rebounds and a career high six assists and senior guard Derrick Fish six assists (matching a career High) for the Red Dragons.
Hunt was one of four double-figure scorers for Plattsburgh. Senior Anthony Williams finished with 15 points, freshman Errol Daniyan tallied 13 points and senior Ricky Rider scored 11 points, including 3-of-4 three-point shooting. Senior Travis Gorham turned in a solid all-around effort with nine points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Six of the 10 ties in the game came in the final half, Cortland scoring leader Lewis creating the final deadlock at 65-65 with a jumper at the 2:03 mark. Plattsburgh missed a lay-up on its next possession, but Hunt controlled the offensive rebound and hit a 3-pointer about 10 seconds later to give Plattsburgh the lead for good.
Cortland missed on its next possession and Gorham made two foul shots with 1:06 left to push Plattsburgh’s lead to five. Lewis made one free throw with 27 seconds remaining, but Williams answered with two foul shots a second later to give the hosts a 72-66 lead.
After the teams traded possessions, Coston hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left to pull the Red Dragons within three. Following a timeout and a foul, Williams made two foul shots with one second remaining to complete the scoring.
Plattsburgh took an early 14-6 lead, but Cortland came back and led by as much as seven points on three occasions in the first half. A Chris Ruiz 3-pointer with 1:06 left drew Plattsburgh within 35-31 at halftime.
Cortland held a six-point lead at 52-46 with 11:25 left after a Carson Niehoff lay-up, but the Cardinals scored the next six points, tying the game at 52-52 on a Daniyan basket with 9:02 left. Neither team led by more than three after that until Gorham’s free throws at the 1:06 mark.
Cortland is off until Friday, New Paltz visiting Corey Gymnasium.
CORTlAND WOMEN were 62-47 winners over Plattsburgh in the opening contest behind senior Sara Cavanaugh and sophomore Jessica Laing, who each reach record “double-doubles” for the Red Dragons.
Cavanaugh scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Red Dragons, who are a perfect 5-0 in SUNYAC play. Now 10-1 overall, the Red Dragons were ranked 24th in Division III last week.
She moved into second place on Cortland’s career scoring chart with 1,279 points, one more than Teresa McKinney scored from 1986-90. Cavanaugh is now 145 points away from the school record 1,424 points scored by Kiki Seago from 1989-93.
Laing finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh “double-double” of the season.
Junior guard Maggie Byrne scored nine points on three 3-pointers in addition to recording five rebounds and four steals. Junior Kristin Ciccone scored six points, pulled down five rebounds and matched her career high with seven assists, while junior Ali Canale totaled six points and eight rebounds.
Plattsburgh (3-3 SUNYAC, 5-8 overall) was led by Jacee Sutton’s 11 points.
Despite 12 points and eight rebounds from Cavanaugh and Laing’s nine points and seven rebounds, Cortland led by only three, 26-23, at halftime. Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, each shooting 27 percent from the field.
Sutton’s jumper with 16:25 left tied the game at 28-28. Cortland then went on a 10-0 run, starting with baskets by Laing and Canale and capped by back-to-back Byrne treys, to take a 38-28 lead with 13:52 left. Platsburgh closed back within single digits on a Casey Clark layup with 10:25 left, but Ciccone sank two free throws with 9:22 remaining and the lead never dropped below 10 again.
The Red Dragons are on the road Tuesday against Albany College of Pharmacy, a 7 p.m. start.




Comeback falls short for Purple Lions

Staff Writer

ITHACA — Two long-time Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division I rivals met on a neutral site Saturday, but the intense, physical play was still there as Dryden High hosted Trumansburg at Cornell University’s Newman Arena.
Despite two technical fouls and an intentional foul call, the Purple Lions battled hard before falling 61-55.
“Both teams played hard,” said Dryden coach Dan Miller. “I was proud of how we came back 14 points down. We could get within four or five, but could not make one more crucial shot to get any closer.
“The guys have gotten frustrated, but they continue to work hard,” Miller added. “We may to getting the shots to fall, but it is not due to a lack of effort.”
Trumansburg (4-2 division, 6-6 IAC, 7-7 overall) took a 16-14 lead in the first quarter and used two short spurts to build a 31-24 halftime advantage. Gabe Geuder scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in the first half for the Blue Raiders,
The Purple Lions trailed 40-32 with 2:59 left in the third quarter when an intentional foul was called on Dryden. Miller picked up a technical foul after the call was made and the Blue Raiders capitalized. Brandon Manheim made the first two free throws, Lucas Schutt hit both technical foul shots and Caleb Blass scored on the next possession to increase the lead to 46-32.
The Purple Lions scored the final five points of the quarter and Corey Goodenough drilled a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter scoring as the Purple Lions (2-4, 4-8, 5-9) roared back. Another offensive putback by Goodenough got Dryden to within 46-42 with 5:53 left. That would be as close as Dryden would get.
After offsetting fouls, and made free throws by each team, Richard Percy stole the ball and his lay-up put T’burg on top 57-50 with 1:49 left.
Play moved to within one minute and the Blue Raiders nearly put the game away. Nick White was whistled for a technical foul after a personal foul call. Ethan Van Houten made one-of-two free throws, as did Skylar Fairchild on the tech foul tosses, for a 59-50 lead with 52 seconds on the clock.
Trailing 60-50 with 13 seconds left, Robbie LeViere (12 points) scored and added the free throw to cut the deficit to seven. After a Dryden time-out, Goodenough stole the ball and made the lay-up with 5.7 seconds left as the Purple Lions pulled to within 60-55, but the rally ran out of time.
Robbie Solveson led the Purple Lions with 13 points with David Pargh coming off the bench to net 10 points.
Dryden will travel to Lansing for a Division I game Saturday.
IAC CHEERLEADERS will gather at the Watkins Glen High School Field House with their 34th annual competition Saturday. Doors will open at 8 a.m. with the cheerleading competition to start at 10:30. The cheerleaders will demonstrate their dance, stunt, cheer and gymnastic skills. There is a charge for spectators.
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Cortland 6th best in state

AMHERST — With Paul LeBlanc finishing a team best second at 149 pounds, SUNY Cortland wrestlers finished in sixth place out of 18 schools at the all-division New York State Collegiate Wrestling Championships.
Army won the state title with 152 points, followed by host Buffalo (147.5), Cornell (116.5), Columbia (116), Nassau Community College (99.5) and Cortland (98.5).
The Red Dragons are ranked fifth in the latest Division III national poll.
Eight Cortland wrestlers earned all-state honors by placing in the top eight of their respective weight classes, led by LeBlanc.
The junior out of Morrisville-Eaton, ranked fourth nationally in Division III, advanced to the finals on Saturday due to a medical forfeit. In the finals, LeBlanc lost 3-1 in overtime to Anthony Constantino of Columbia for his first setback of the season.
LeBlanc was 3-1 on the weekend and is 20-1 overall.
Red Dragon sophomore Dave Colagiovanni finished third at 133 pounds and senior Zack Bogardus was third at 165 pounds, each losing tough matches to the eventual champions in the semifinals.
Colagiovanni, seeded third, lost 4-3 to second-seed Whitt Dunning of Army, then came back to win his final two matches, 11-5 and 9-2. Bogardus, ranked ninth in Division III, lost 3-1 in overtime to nationally fourth-ranked Shaheim Bradshaw in the semifinals. He won his next match by injury default and took third place with a 3-2 decision over Dan Daddino of Nassau.
Two Red Dragons earned fourth-place finishes – sophomore Corey Barber at 174 and senior Brett Giehl at 184.
Barber fell to the top seed from Cornell, Joey Hooker, in the semifinals, defeated sixth-seeded Josh Wake of Oneonta, 9-4, and lost to second-seeded Mike Ragusa of Buffalo, 5-4, in an overtime tiebreaker. Giehl was edged by top-seeded Nate Holley of Cornell, 6-5, in his semifinal match. He rebounded to win his next match, 7-3, over Columbia’s Kenji Porter before falling to third-seeded Justin Kerber of Cornell in the third-place match.
Cortland’s other all-state performers were freshman Tyler Sick who finished fifth at 157, sophomore Joe Murphy who placed eighth at heavyweight and junior Peppy Cabrera who was eighth at 125.
Sick won two of his three consolation bracket matches on Saturday, including an 8-5 win over third-seeded Geoff Rosa of Oneonta. Sick’s only loss of the day was to the top seed. Murphy was 0-2 on Saturday after winning two of three matches on Friday. Cabrara, ranked ninth nationally, medically forfeited both of his matches Saturday and officially finished with a 2-1 record.
Cortland hosts Oneonta Wednesday in a dual meet at Corey Gymnasium, a 7 p.m. start.