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Daemen, Medaille open with wins

It's tournament time and both the Daemen and Medaille women's basketball teams would like their seasons to extend beyond conference tournament play.

Both took steps toward earning a bid to their respective national tournaments with triumphs Tuesday night.

Daemen opened the American Mideast Conference Tournament as a No. 3 seed and earned a 74-66 win over No. 6 Rio Grande at Daemen College.

Sarah Bogardus (Fredonia) led the winners with 25 points, sinking 12 of 13 from the foul line, while Haleigh VanFleet added 13 points and 10 boards for the Wildcats (22-7), who have made five straight NAIA Tournaments.

The AMC playoff champ receives the conference's final automatic bid to the tournament. Daemen resumes its quest to make nationals with a semifinal game Saturday at No. 2 seed Ohio Dominican in Columbus.

Medaille kept hope alive for making its fourth straight NCAA Division III Tournament by winning its Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoff quarterfinal at Penn State-Behrend, 69-60, in Erie, Pa.

Amanda Sahhar scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed a game-high 15 boards for the Mavericks (16-10), while Carissa Ferruci (Immaculata) added 11 points and is four shy of 1,000 for her career.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Buffalo State's season ended in the first round of the State University of New York Athletic Conference playoffs as Cortland State claimed a 68-65 win in the Buffalo State Sports Arena.

Jamar Gray led Buffalo State with 15 points and seven assists, while A.J. White added 14 points for the Bengals (14-11). Cortland (12-14) led at the intermission, 38-36, and pushed its advantage to as much as nine before staving off a late Bengals rally.

Daemen lost in the first round of the American Mideast Conference Tournament, 100-81, at Northwestern Ohio. D.J. Johnson led the Wildcats (20-9) with 23 points. Daemen was outscored, 31-11, at the foul line.

HOCKEY: Buffalo State saw its season end in the SUNYAC playoffs as Daniel Sullivan scored at 11:30 of overtime in host Geneseo's 4-3 win.

Senior Jason Hill (Niagara Falls) had two assists for the Bengals to match Joe Urbanik's program record for career points (131). Nicholas Petriello scored twice for Buffalo State (10-12-4), while Justin Merritt also scored. Buff State goalie Alan Fritch made 40 saves. Casey Smith scored with 4:45 left in the third for the Knights (14-11-1) to force overtime.

*Buffalo's Michael Scheu earned Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honors. The UMass-Lowell freshman scored his first two collegiate goals during Friday's 3-3 tie at Vermont.

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