February 18, 2014
Dragons hitting the home stretch
After playing seven of their last eight conference contests on the road, SUNY Cortland basketball teams will begin their playoff push with a pair of home contests this week to finish off the regular season.
The top six teams advance to the playoffs.
Cortland women are already ensured to finish among the top six SUNY Athletic Conference schools, and are hoping to move up from their current fifth place status to earn a quarterfinal round home contest when the playoffs get underway next week.
The Red Dragons (10-6 SUNYAC, 14-9 overall) are hosting fourth place Geneseo (10-5, 16-6) at 6 p.m. this evening at Corey Gymnasium hoping to move up into that fourth slot. In an earlier match-up in Geneseo, the Red Dragons pulled out a 62-60 victory and will be looking for a season sweep.
Seniors Megan Touhey and Grace Williamson are leading the way for Cortland, Touhey averaging 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest while Williamson scores at a 12.1 points per game clip and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds a game. Sophomore point guard Caysea Cohen also averages in double figures with 11.1 points per game and has dished out 54 assists.
Cortland men are sharing fifth place with Oswego in the conference standings, and those Lakers are due into town on Saturday. The Red Dragons are 8-8 in conference play with a 13-10 overall record prior to hosting second place Geneseo (12-3, 18-4), whose Knights are two games behind league leader Brockport.
Cortland lost a late lead in a 55-52 setback at Geneseo back on Jan. 17.
Senior center Kevin McMahon averages 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, while junior guard Larmard Herron scored at a 15.2 points per game clip and has a team-high 79 assists.
Cortland closes the regular season Saturday against Oswego, the women’s game at 2 p.m. followed by the men at 4 p.m.
Cortland men are the defending conference regular season and playoff champions, with the playoff survivor earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournaments.
The second and third place SUNYAC regular season finishers will be quarterfinal playoff host next Tuesday, as the top two finishers receive byes. The first place team will then host semifinal and title games on Feb. 28 and March 1.
While Brockport currently holds that two-game edge on Geneseo in the men’s standings, Buffalo State and Plattsburgh women are separated by a mere half-game.
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