With 1:38 remaining and facing an eight-point deficit, a victory seemed improbable for Buffalo State's women's basketball team in its game against Brockport Tuesday night. But a late flurry in regulation helped the Lady Bengals get to overtime, and they eventually took an 83-74 victory.
The Lady Bengals outscored Brockport, 9-1, down the stretch in regulation to erase a 68-60 deficit. Karynne Helmer (Akron) hit a game-tying baseline jumper with three seconds remaining.
Senior guard Celina Torres, who led the Bengals with 19 points and 10 steals, took control of the overtime. She combined with teammate Starr Wooden to score 10 of Buffalo State's 15 points.
The victory gave the Bengals (10-5, 8-4) sole possession of third place in the SUNYAC conference, dropping Brockport (10-6, 8-5) to fourth place. Jen Faneli led Brockport with 18 points.
Elsewhere, a 10-2 run early in the second half powered Medaille to a 72-46 victory over Hilbert. Junior center Jen Ratka (Villa Maria) led Medaille (10-3, 3-0) with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Shekuira Feaster had 11 points for Hilbert.
Niagara CCC was blanketed by a stifling Alfred State defense, dropping a 61-29 decision. NCCC (5-13, 1-6) was led by Denise Reed, who scored 14.
Niagara's Amy Getman has been selected as the MAAC player of the week after averaging 29.3 points and nine rebounds in four games. Getman became the first Niagara player to score 30 or more points in two games in the same week, including a 36-point effort versus Canisius, the fourth-highest total in team history.
Freshman forward Shauna Geronzin of Canisius has been named the MAAC rookie of the week for the second time this season. In last week's contest against Niagara, Geronzin dropped in 18 points to help lead the Golden Griffins to an 87-84 victory.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Buffalo State turned up the pressure in the second half, defeating Brockport, 70-59, in SUNYAC action.
Sophomore forward Brandon Jones (Hutch-Tech) led a Buffalo State (7-9, 5-7) surge that saw the Bengals extend a one-point halftime lead (29-28) to double digits halfway through the final stanza. Jones finished with 21 points, while teammate LeShawn Oates chipped in with 15. Jim Panek scored 19 points to lead Brockport (7-9, 6-7).
In other SUNYAC action, Geneseo State beat Fredonia State, 75-73, in double overtime.
Pat Goessling's free throw put Geneseo State ahead for good with 12 seconds left in the second overtime. A 19-foot runner by Fredonia State rimmed off at the buzzer. Sophomores Matt Moore and Mike Gibbons (Olean) paced the Blue Devils with 30 and 19 points, respectively.
Alfred State defeated Niagara CCC, 72-65, behind a strong defensive effort. The Pioneers (9-7, 2-1) made 17 steals and forced 33 NCCC turnovers. Alfred State's Anthony Cuevas led all scorers with 21 points. Duron Williams led the Trailblazers (11-7, 2-7) with 16 points, while Rickie Latham (Seneca) added 15.
Alvin Young of Niagara has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's co-player of the week for the week ending Sunday. Young, a senior guard, averaged 28.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals in leading the Purple Eagles (12-7, 9-1) to a 3-0 week, with MAAC victories over Marist, Manhattan and Rider. His 28-point effort against Rider included a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
Young leads the MAAC and is sixth in the nation in scoring at 23.3 points per game. He has reached double figures in each of Niagara's 19 games. Siena's Marcus Faison shared the award with Young.
MEN'S ICE HOCKEY: Derek Hahn scored Buffalo State's lone goal in a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of the visiting Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT scored six first-period goals and built their lead to 13-0 by the third period. Hahn finally ended RIT's shutout bid with a power-play goal at 16:54 of the third.
Senior goaltender Jamie Ronayne faced 60 shots for Buffalo State.
Bob Janosz, a senior goaltender for Canisius College, has been named MAAC goaltender of the week after totaling 64 saves in a pair of ties against first-place Quinnipiac over the weekend. Janosz (2-6-4) has a 3.79 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.
WRESTLING: University at Buffalo senior Jacob Schaus (Falconer) was named the Mid-American Conference wrestler of the week after taking first place in the 174-pound weight class at the New York State Collegiate Championships last weekend.
Schaus has compiled a record of 22-7 overall and was 4-0 in the championships.