COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Policelli scores 31 of career-high 34 points in second half
Stony Brook University’s Frankie Policelli (New Hartford) has hit double digits in the second half of eight basketball games this season, but the grad student was at his best in the final 20 minutes of the Seawolves’ 71-66 win from behind against Hampton University on Saturday.
All Policelli did was score 31 of his team’s 41 points in the second half and finish with a career-high 34 points and 12 rebounds.
“A lot of guys made great plays and were factors in the game,” Stony Brook head coach Geno Ford said after the win, “but Frankie’s second half is the best 20 minutes of offensive basketball I’ve ever been a part of.”
In Stony Brooks’ previous game, a 77-74 loss to William & Mary, Policelli had scored 16 of his then-high 25 points in the second half and helped the Seawolves reduce a 20-point deficit to one.
In the first half against Hampton’s Pirates, Policelli only scored three first-half points – he was 0 for 4 from the floor – and Stony Brook fell by as much as 14. But he made 11 of 16 field goal attempts and 9 of 10 free throws in the second half.
It was Policelli’s eighth double-double of the season. He has led the Division I Seawolves as a goalscorer eight times and was their leading rebounder in 17 games.
Policelli started all 22 games and averaged 14.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. He has 41 three-pointers and is the team’s best long-range shooter at 36.6 percent.
Policelli leads the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) with 9.5 rebounds per game, and the 6-foot-7 forward started the week fifth in overall Division I men’s basketball with defensive rebounds per game (8.05). He also ranks third in free throw percentage (78.3) in the CAA.
In Division III, Lyndon State freshman Greg Gonyea (Dolgeville) was named North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Week for the second year in a row after shooting 12-of-18 in a 94-91 Victory over Maine Maritime had scored 31 academy points. Gonyea, who has averaged 18 points per game since he came on the starting lineup nine games ago, is averaging 12.4 points for a Vermont team coached by Dave Pasiak (Waterville).
SUNY Cortland’s Cam Williams (Rome/RFA) had four 3s and scored 16 points in a 93-81 win over SUNY Plattsburgh.
St. Lawrence University’s Trent Adamson (Ilion/Thomas R. Proctor) had a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds in a 57-49 win over Vassar College.
Utica University’s Tommy Morreale (Whitesboro) scored 15 points on Tuesday as the Pioneers extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 68-66 home win over Empire 8 foe Nazareth. The Pioneers are 17-2 overall and 12-0 in the league.
SUNY Poly’s (Rome/Holland Patent) Dylan Ernst scored 12 points in just 23 minutes as the Wildcats defeated Northern Vermont-Johnson 54-52, and his 15 points helped them beat SUNY Canton 83-79. His brother Josh Ernst (Rome/Holland Patent) had eight points and six rebounds in this win.
SUNY Poly’s Connor scores a double-double win
Senior center Kierra Connor (Blossvale/Camden) posted a season-high with 17 points and 13 rebounds and the SUNY Poly women’s basketball team defeated Northern Vermont-Johnson 69-57.
Le Moyne College’s Sydney Lusher (Oneida) had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Division II Dolphins extended their winning streak to five games with a 63-58 win over the College of St. Rose.
Utica University’s Petrina DeMarco (Whitesboro) shot 5-of-10 from three-point range and had a season-high 17 points in a 90-69 loss to Sage College.
Hamilton College (Sauquoit/Notre Dame) Emma Sehring recorded her ninth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and rebounding 10 in a 74-73 loss to Wesleyan.
Paul Smith’s sophomore Hayleigh Gates (West Winfield/Mount Markham) had 23 points and eight rebounds in a 76-50 loss to Maine-Augusta.
Mohawk Valley Community College’s Lonnie Wadsworth (New Hartford) had a season-high 21 points and teammate Sophia Murray (New Hartford) had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in a 58-46 win over the Tompkins-Cortland Community College.
Utica shot putter Fahy sets school record
Utica University’s Jane Fahy (Oriskany) was named the Empire 8 Conference’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week after the women’s track and field star broke the school record in the shot put during Utica’s Blue & Orange Invitational.
Fahy won the shot put with a record stroke of 43 feet ¼ inch and Utica teammate Mackenzie Mix (Camden) won the 400 meter dash in 59.87 seconds.
The Utica men were led by Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA), who finished second in the shot put with 46-0 ½ and fifth in the weight throw, 48-11 ¾, and distance runner Michael Roberts (Remsen) finished second in the 5,000m at 15:29,88.
DeBlasiis scores in Canton’s hockey win
Junior forward Gino DeBlasiis (Rome/RFA) scored his fifth goal of the season to help his SUNY Canton men’s hockey team defeat Anna Maria College 4-3.
SUNY Morrisville freshman defenseman Andrew Manley (Whitesboro) had an assist in a 5-4 loss to SUNY Geneseo.
In women’s hockey, defenseman Sydney Bard (New Hartford) made her 22nd assist of the season in Colgate University’s 3-1 win over Harvard.
Falvo and MacDonald win in the pool on Senior Day
On a day when SUNY Geneseo swimmers Alexis Falvo (New Hartford) and Kim MacDonald (New Hartford) were two of the honored seniors, both racked up wins as the Knights surpassed Buffalo State 146-72.
Falvo won the 200 yard butterfly in 2:15.20 and was also a member of the winning 200 yard relay (1:51.27) and MacDonald won the 1,650 yard freestyle in 18:12.90 to Geneseo to help end the regular season with an 8-1 dual-meet record.