January 24, 2011


Top spot eludes Cortland women

GENESEO — The SUNY Cortland women’s basketball team squandered a chance to earn a share of first place in the conference on Saturday afternoon.
Despite career-best scoring outings from junior guard Brittany Cohen and senior forward Jennifer Patten, Geneseo firmed up its grasp on first place by rolling to an 80-66 victory over the visiting Red Dragons in a SUNY Athletic Conference Schrader Gymnasium showdown.
Though Cohen had 26 points and Patten poured in 23, Geneseo grabbed a 41-28 halftime lead and then scored the opening nine points of the second half before improving to 8-0 in the conference and 13-2 overall.
Defending champion Cortland, New Paltz and Oneonta are all tied for second place with 6-2 SUNYAC records. Cortland stands 11-3 overall with a Tuesday trip to Oneonta up next.
Alyssa Polosky and Khadija Campbell each recorded double-doubles for the victorious Knights. Polosky finished with 20 points and a dozen rebounds, to go along with four blocked shots and three assists. She hit 3-of-7 shots from 3-point range. Campbell scored 16 points and grabbed 10, and also picked up three assists.
Bri Dunton contributed 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals to the victory. Teammate Brittany Finkle scored 15 points, pulled down seven rebounds and added three assists,
Point guard Cohen made 9-of-18 shots, four of those 3-pointers, to go along with six rebounds in leading the Cortland offense. Forward Patten continued her recent surge, making 7-of-13 shots including a trio of treys.
Red Dragon junior forward Micki Volpini scored 10 points and totaled six rebounds. She made 6-of-6 foul shots and has now connected on her last 27 attempts. Junior Molly Byrne led the Red Dragons with seven rebounds.
Geneseo scored seven straight points, five by Finkle, to take a 36-22 lead with 3:32 left in the first half. The Knights led 41-25 with 1:36 left in the half, and a Cohen 3-pointer in the final seconds cut the lead to 13 points at intermission.
Geneseo opened the second half on a 9-0 run, the first six points by Campbell, to increase its lead to 50-28 with 17:31 left. Cortland eventually closed to within 11 at 73-62 after two Patten foul shots with 1:49 on the clock, but the hosts scored the next four points to thwart the comeback bid.
Red Dragons Escape Cellar
With sophomore guard Jeremy Smith scoring 15 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, Cortland men rallied from a one-point halftime deficit for a 73-61 win at Geneseo on Saturday that pitted two teams sharing the bottom spot in the conference standings.
Freshman forward John Connolly added 17 points, matching his career high, as the Red Dragons moved to 2-6 in SUNYAC play and 5-10 overall. Connelly also topped the team seven rebounds and a career-best six steals.
Sophomore guard Jesse Winter scored 13 points and dished out a career-high nine assists, while sophomore Harrison Hefele came off the bench to add 10 points. Cortland shot 48 percent from the field, including 41 percent (9-of-22) from the 3-point line.
Geneseo (1-7 SUNYAC, 7-8 overall) was led by Ryan Riefenhauser’s 13 points and 14 rebounds. Jordan Jones scored 11 points and Abe Miller finished with 10 points.
Cortland shot 48 percent from the field, including 41 percent (9-of-22) from the 3-point line. Td
The host Knights led 20-9 nine minutes into the game, but Cortland scored the next seven points on two baskets by freshman Garen Spendjian and a 3-pointer by freshman Ryan Kenny. Cortland eventually took a 24-22 lead with 5:21 left on a 3-pointer by Spendjian, who finished with a career-high seven points.
The Knights regained an eight-point lead at 33-25 with 1:27 left on a Thomas Decker trey, but Cortland scored the final seven points of the half, five by Hefele, and trailed by just one at the break. All 10 of Hefele’s points came in the opening period.
Cortland carried the momentum into the second half by scoring seven of the first eight points to take a 39-34 lead. Geneseo led 40-39 with 16:30 left on a Riefenhauser layup, but Smith’s 3-pointer on the next possession gave Cortland the lead for good at 42-40.
Over the next 12 minutes, Cortland’s lead fluctuated from one to six points. Geneseo was within four at 60-56 with 4:23 left on a Riefenhauser basket, but scores by Winter, Connolly and Smith on Cortland’s next three possessions upped the lead to 10 with 3:02 left.
Cortland hit 5-of-8 foul shots, along with a Smith layup, the rest of the way to seal the win.


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