February 22, 2016
Basketball playoffs next for Red Dragons
The weekend went well for both idle SUNY Cortland basketball teams.
Thanks to SUNY Athletic Conference regular season champion Plattsburgh coming up with a 76-72 win at Geneseo Saturday, Cortland men ended up second alone in the final conference standings and earned a first round bye for the playoffs this week.
Plattsburgh is the top seed and will host the Final Four on Friday and Saturday. Cortland will play in a 5:30 p.m. semifinal game on Friday, to face the winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinal match-up sending sixth seed Buffalo State to third seed Brockport.
Cortland women ended up fourth in the SUNYAC standings, which means the Red Dragons will be hosting fifth seed Oneonta in a 7 p.m. start Tuesday at Corey Gymnasium. The winner will move on to the Final Four being hosted by New Paltz, to face the top-seeded Hawks in a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Both title games for men and women will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, with the champion moving on into the NCAA Division III tournament.
TC3 WOMEN SEEDED SIXTH: The Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s basketball team has earned the sixth seed for the upcoming NJCAA Region III playoffs.
The Panthers will travel to face third seed Fulton-Montgomery (16-5) Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the regional final four this coming weekend.
The Panthers finished the regular season with a record of 13-7 in Region III and qualified for the Mid-State Athletic Conference playoffs, falling in the semifinal round. Tuesday’s quarterfinal game will be rematch of a contest played in Dryden on Nov.7, when the Panthers fell 70-57.
IN WOMEN’S HOCKEY, Cortland is the sixth seed in the ECAC West Division playoffs and will travel to take on third-seed Utica College on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game was moved up from its original Saturday starting time because of a facility conflict at the Utica Auditorium rink.
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