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The Times
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Suderley, Hawks win Empire 8 tournament

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  • ONEONTA, N.Y. — The Hartwick College Hawks are headed back to the NCAA Tournament and senior Jared Suderley has some new additions to hardware collection.
    Suderley, a graduate of West Canada Valley High School and the Empire 8 Conference’s Player of the Year, earned most valuable player honors for his role in leading the Hawks to the league’s tournament championship. On Monday, he collected the conference’s final Player of the Week award.
    The Hawks beat Nazareth College 67-62 in Saturday’s championship game at Lambros Arena following a 90-85 semifinal win Friday against Alfred University. With the tournament championship comes an automatic NCAA bid for Hartwick (18-9). The Hawks will play at 19th-ranked SUNY-Purchase Friday with the winner advancing to play again Saturday against the winner of a game between Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Albertus Magnus College.
    Suderley had 21 points and 14 rebounds in the conference tournament’s championship game, and eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for his collegiate career. Teammate Kyle Bradley, who was named to the tournament’s all-star team, added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.
    The championship is the second in three years for Hartwick which won the tournament for the first time in 2011.
    Hartwick trailed Alfred by 11 points with less than 6 1/2 minutes left to play Friday before rallying for the win on their home court. Run of 13-2 and 13-4 i the second half put Alfred up 81-70 with 6:16 on the clock and Hartwick scored 11 straight points to tie the game at the 2:43 mark. Suderley’s lone three-pointer gave the Hawks their first lead of the second half. After Alfred missed a tying shot in the final minute, Suderley hit a free throw for a four-point lead with 12 seconds left and the Hawks forced a turnover.
    Suderley led all scorers with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the semifinal and added seven rebounds.
    The Player of the Week award was Suderley’s second of the season and 10th of his career.
    Hartwick will be making its 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

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