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Bryan Bob (Wayne) fights for every
point for Alfred University.

By John Addyman

   WAYNE COUNTY (Jan 19 11)  –  Senior forward Brittany McMillon (Lyons) and sophomore guard Marissa Bunce (Newark) led Roberts Wesleyan women’s basketball to its third win in a row last night, 70-43 over Point Park University.
   Brittany had 12 points and seven rebounds with a steal and two assists, while Marissa popped in a team-high 14 points – including four three-pointers, adding three rebounds, three assists and a steal.
   The Raiders improve to 11-7 (4-2 AMC). Brittany leads the team in scoring, with Marissa third. 
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   Virginia Tech had a great basketball season going until it started conference play. The Hokies were 9-5 going into their first Atlantic Coast Conference tilt against ranked Florida State.
   Since then, VTech hasn’t won a game. 

.   The Hokies absorbed their fifth loss in a row – four of those defeats against conference opponents – on Sunday, getting clubbed by Duke, 57-43, in a game where the Hokies were held to their fewest points in a game this season.
   Sophomore guard Alyssa Fenyn (Newark) was the second-high scorer against the Dukies, putting nine points on the board. She also had two rebounds and an assist – and committed five turnovers. Not VTech’s night.
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   The University of Buffalo chipped away at a 10-point, second-half Akron lead, then got three more points after drawing even to escape with a 73-70 win on Sunday afternoon. Freshman forward Javon McCrea (Newark) contributed a game-high seven rebounds, scored five points and had five assists, and blocked a shot.
   Buffalo (9-6, 1-2 MAC) hosts Kent State tonight at 7:30, then plays at Ohio University on Saturday at 3 p.m. in game due to be aired on ESPNU. If you haven’t seen Javon play on a Division I floor, here’s a chance to do it from your living room.
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   For every basket Alfred University made in the first half Saturday afternoon, Stevens Tech made two. The game was closer in the second half, but the damage had been done and the Saxons lost, 76-57.
   Sophomore starting forward Bryan Bobo (Wayne) managed just two points, a rebound and a blocked shot for Alfred. Junior forward Pat Hollenbeck (Wayne) came off the bench to grab two rebounds.
   Alfred is 7-7 (2-4 Empire-8).
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   Canisius had Siena right where it wanted on Monday night, but the Saints scored the last five points of the game in the final minute and grabbed a 73-69 win. Senior forward Greg Logins (Sodus/Kent School) contributed nine points and three rebounds for the Golden Griffins, who drop to 7-10 (4-2 MAC).
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   Nazareth College split its last two games, beating Elmira College on Friday, 69-58, then losing to St. John Fisher on Tuesday, 69-55.
   Sophomore guard Tyshun Stephens (Newark) had 14 points against Elmira, adding three rebounds and assists to his effort. On Tuesday against Fisher, Tyshun took just six shots from the field and ended up with six points. He brought down a team-high seven rebounds. The Golden Flyers are 9-6 (2-4 Empire-8).
   Ithaca College junior Kailee Spusta (Pal-Mac) was 10th (9.200) in the Floor Exercises Saturday as the Bombers finished first of four teams at the season-opening quad meet in Ithaca.
   The Bombers (184.750) beat Brockport (184.150), Yale (179.500) and Rhode Island College (155.575). 
   Roberts Weslyan junior Matt Hussey (Marion) ran to a fourth-place finish in the 3000 Meters (9:19.05) Saturday at the RIT Tigers Invitational. Teammate Aaron Steensma (Marion) was fourth in the Pole Vault (13-5.25), placed 15th in the 200-Meter Dash (24.39) and was 20th in the Shot Put (35-1.00).
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Ellen Muster
Runs Mile at Kent State
   University of Buffalo junior Ellen Muster (Marion) ran to a 10th-place finish (5:09.71) in the Mile at the Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State on Saturday in a field of 27 competitors.
   At that same event, Utica College freshman Breiten Balschmiter (Newark) became the first Utica national qualifier in the Shot Put when he fired a toss of 52-00.50, good enough for second place. The metric equivalent of his toss is 15.86 meters – the provisional NCAA qualifying distance is 15.50.
   Saint Lawrence University sophomore Corey McHugh (Lyons/Brighton), playing at six, won her matches against opponents from Smith and Wellesley this weekend as the Saints went 2-3 in matches at the Pioneer Valley Tournament at Smith and Amherst colleges on Saturday and Sunday. When Corey won, her team did, too. The losses were to Wesleyan, Colby and Connecticut colleges. The Saints are ranked 26th in the country. 
   University of Buffalo freshman Sean Walton (Pal-Mac) put the Bulls ahead, 6-0, in their meet with Edinboro University on Saturday evening. The Bulls had lost to Edinboro in the seventh-place match at the Virginia Duals and came out with a little something to prove.
   Sean pinned Edinboro’s Bijan Banks in 1:02 of their 125-pound bout – his third pin in the last four dual meets, and the only fall of the evening. Buffalo needed every point it could get – the final scored was 18-16, with the Bulls building an 18-3 lead then losing in the last four weights.
Jacob Kline
Wins 200 Back for Naz
   Nazareth College split a meet with Fredonia on Saturday, the Golden Flyer men getting sharked by Fredonia, 206-85, but the women squeaking out a 149-147 win.
   Sophomore Jacob Kline (Newark) won the 200 Backstroke (2:05.49) for Nazareth, finished third in the 200 Butterfly (2:10.95), and anchored the second-place 200 Free Relay (1:35.28). Junior Jeff Baxter (Pal-Mac) took fourth in the 200 Free (2:06.87), was fifth in the 50 Free (26.60) and in the 500 Free (5:46.89). Sophomore Joshua Haak (Pal-Mac) swam to a third-place finish in the 500 Free (5:28.55), took fourth place in the 1000 Free (11:09.65), was sixth in the 100 Backstroke (2:26.84).
   In the women’s competition, junior Holly Gilligan (Newark) anchored the fifth-place 200 Medley relay (2:01.33), was 10th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:18.93) and in the 50 Free (27.19).
   The Nazareth men are 1-5 in dual meets; the women Flyers are 5-2.
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   RIT’s women got swamped in a double-dual meet with Geneseo (losing 313-43) and New Paltz (falling 272-68) on Saturday.
   Doing her best in a losing cause was freshman Jocelyn Bade (Marion), who was seventh in the 500 Free (5:48.77), eighth in the 1650 Free (19:46.68), 10th in the 200 Free (2:12.28), and swam the first leg of the sixth-place 800 Free Relay (8:56.58) and the 10th-place 200 Free Relay (1:56.30), and she took the second leg of the seventh-place 400 Free Relay (4:08.31).
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   Have news about a Wayne County athlete who is competing in a college sport now or will be in the spring? Drop me a note and we’ll pick up the coverage each week – right here. Send your information to me at john.addyman@yahoo.com and we’ll do the rest. Please make sure you identify yourself and your relationship to the athlete – I respond to all e-mails.


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