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FREDONIA ELIMINATES BUFFALO STATE

By the time the game was over late Thursday afternoon, both teams were exhausted but only one stayed alive to play another day.

Nate Duvert's baseline jump shot with 1.2 seconds left in the second overtime gave Fredonia State a 63-62 victory over Buffalo State in the quarterfinals of the SUNYAC men's basketball tournament at the War Memorial in Utica.

The Blue Devils (16-9) advanced to today's 8 p.m. semifinal against No. 1 seed Cortland while the Bengals (14-11) go home.

Duvert had a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Fredonia, which also got 12 points and eight boards from Mike Gibbons (Olean) and 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from Robb Fitchlee (Kenmore West). The Bengals were led by Pat Adams with 17 points and 14 boards and Andrew McLaren and Steven Becker with 13 points apiece.

Fredonia's Jason Campbell hit a layup with three seconds left in regulation to force the first OT, before McLaren's layup with 1:01 left in that period forced the second extra session.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: George Washington led by 26 points at halftime and kept rolling in a 78-48 romp over St. Bonaventure, which fell to 3-12 in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 7-19 overall.

Courtney Mattingly scored 14 points and Angela Scott came off the bench to add 11 for the Bonnies, who shot just 30.8 percent from the field to 57.1 percent for the Colonials (19-8, 13-2). Erica Lawrence scored 21 for GW.

SWIMMING: The University at Buffalo's 200-meter freestyle relay team of Carrie Quinlan (North Tonawanda), Carrie Armstrong, Tracy Cotter and Abby Delia broke a 12-year-old school record with a clocking of 1:36.49 to finish fifth in the Mid-American Conference Championships at Alumni Arena.

Ohio leads the team standings with 236 points while UB is seventh with 77. Competition continues today and Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.

UB's men are ninth among 51 teams after one day of the ECAC Championships in Glouster, N.J. Bulls senior Jason McLachlan finished fourth in the 500 free in 4:37.98.

HONORS: A handful of local athletes have gained berths on the State University of New York Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball all-star teams.

Fredonia State's Robb Fitchlee (Kenmore West) made the men's first team, while Fredonia teammates Mike Gibbons (Olean) and Matt Moore received honorable mention. All are seniors.

Fredonia's Renee Harpster (Holy Angels), a senior, made the first team. Buffalo State junior Monica Polka (Lewiston-Porter) was a second-team selection.

Meanwhile, Mari McClure of the University at Buffalo and Canisius' Darren Fenn were first-team Verizon Academic All-District 1 selections while Canisius' Shauna Geronzin made the second team.

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