Medaille denied Hilbert’s quest to win the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference men’s basketball title Friday night, but just barely.
After leading by as many as 12 points, the Mavericks advanced to today’s conference title game with a 72-69 win over the top-seeded host Hawks at Hafner Recreation Center.
Jammal Coleman and Tyler Stevens each scored 19 points for Medaille (18-9), which plays No. 3 seed Penn State-Behrend at 3 p.m. today for the title and automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Mavs led by 12 twice, the last time early in the second half, but Hilbert (20-6) came all the way back to tie things twice, the final time with 9:12 left on Anthony Hodge’s layup.
Three-pointers and free throws proved to be the difference. Medaille made 11 of 22 from beyond the arc and 15 of 22 from the line. The Hawks shot 2 of 15 from three-point range and 11 of 15 from the line.
Hodge finished with 19 points, while Dan McFarland had 15 for Hilbert. McFarland missed a game-tying trey with eight seconds left. Hilbert grabbed the rebound but Coleman made a steal for Medaille with two seconds left to seal it.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: The St. Bonaventure men’s team remains in the lead with one day to go at the Atlantic 10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio. Bona now has 470 points, leading second-place UMass, which has 389.5 points.
Bona capped the day setting the A-10 record in the 400 medley relay as the foursome of Vatslav Lets, Matthew Schutt, Ripley Danner and Viacheslav Shchukin won in 3:15.49, 8.01 seconds lower than its seed time.
Lets also won the 100 backstroke in 48.70 seconds as Bona padded its lead by taking advantage of its depth as it had multiple placers in four events. The Bonnies added 47 points in the 200 free as Michael Pilyugin placed second, Shchukin third and Martin fifth. Bona went second, third and sixth in the 100 breaststroke with Danner finishing just seven-hundreths of a second behind the winner.
The Bona women are in eighth place with 137.5 points.
HOCKEY: Canisius missed a chance to make up ground in the standings as its quest for a first-round playoff bye (top four) took a hit with a 4-2 loss to Robert Morris at the Buffalo State Ice Arena in Atlantic Hockey.
Preston Shupe scored twice for the Golden Griffins, who still trail co-third-place holders Robert Morris and Connecticut by four points but saw fifth-place Robert Morris move within a point of those two teams. The Griffs finish the home-and-home with RMU tonight.
INDOOR TRACK: Jonathan Jones of the University at Buffalo broke the school and Mid-American Conference records in the shot put at the MAC Indoor Track and Field Championships being hosted by Eastern Michigan. The junior from Portville won the event with an effort of 64 feet, 3.75 inches.