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College Sports Wrap
Brittany McMillon
Leads Roberts Wesleyan

By John Addyman

   WAYNE COUNTY (Feb 23 11) –  Cynnetha Bellinger came off the bench to make three foul shots and a lay-up in the last 30 seconds of the game last night, giving Roberts Wesleyan women’s basketball a heart-stopping, fingernail-gnawing 62-60 win over Notre Dame College in the first round of the American Mideast Conference playoffs. Bellinger’s game-winning lay-up came off an assist by Tiffany Wilson – with no time left on the clock.
   Leading Roberts in the Notre Dame win was senior forward Brittany McMillon (Lyons) with a double-double 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
   Sophomore guard Marissa Bunce (Newark) had eight points, two rebounds and a steal in the game, capping what had been an interesting week for her. 
Marissa Bunce
Game-winning three-pointer
   On Thursday night, Marissa canned a three-pointer that won the game over Houghton, 72-70, with two seconds left to play. She ended up with a team-high 17 points. Brittany threw in 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
   On Saturday, Marissa again led the scoring with 13 points as Roberts Wesleyan downed Carlow College, 79-42. She made six assists and four steals. Brittany had one rebound, two points and she blocked a shot.
    Roberts had gone into the tournament with a three-game win streak, including a double-overtime win over 10th-ranked Daemen College.
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   The basketball season is over for the Albany College of Pharmacy. The Panthers entered the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs as the number four seed, and drew top-seeded Berkeley in the first round. When the dust cleared on Saturday night, Berkeley had a 91-81 win.
   Panther freshman forward Joe Britt (Lyons) came off the bench to grab three rebounds and put in four points, adding an assist. Albany’s season ends with an 8-11 record (4-2 conference).
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   Alfred University junior forward Pat Hollenbeck (Wayne) had a team-high 13 points and made it a double-double with 11 rebounds on Saturday afternoon as the Saxons hosted RIT in the season finale for both teams. RIT got the win, 67-61. Sophomore center Bryan Bobo (Wayne) added one point and one rebound for Alfred, which ends its season 8-17 (3-13 Empire 8).
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   Canisius College was in Boston Saturday afternoon in a Sears Bracketbuster game with Boston University, and the Terriers prevailed, 70-62. It was the sixth win in a row for BU and the third loss in a row for Canisius. Golden Griffin senior forward Greg Logins (Sodus/Kent School) dropped in 13 points, collected six rebounds and blocked a shot.
   The Griffs have two more games left in the regular season, both at home.
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   Buffalo’s junior guard Zach Filzen scored 30 points against Wisconsin/Milwaukee Saturday night and the rest of the Bulls watched him play in an 85-65 ESPN Bracketbuster win. Freshman forward Javon McCrea (Newark) had another nice all-around game: eight points, a team-high seven rebounds and a team-high six assists.
   The Bulls have four more games left in the regular season before the conference tournament begins.
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   February Frenetics approach for Finger Lakes community College, whose men’s team was runnerup in the Mid-State Athletic Conference tournament over the weekend, winning in the opening game on Saturday against Jefferson Community College, 73-63, then losing to Broome CC on Sunday, 67-61.
   Sophomore Emanuel Reaves (Sodus) had 12 points for the top-seeded Lakers on Saturday. FLCC enters the NJCAA Region III, Division III tournament this weekend as the second seed, with a 23-5 record. The Lakers open on Friday afternoon against Onondoga CC, a team the Lakers have beaten twice.
   The FLCC women ended their season on Saturday with an 89-59 loss to Onondaga CC. Freshman guard Sara List (Sodus/DeSales) had seven points for the Lakers; freshman forward Crystal Logins (Lyons) contributed eight points. The Lady Lakers hang up their sneaks with an 11-16 record.
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   Keuka College had a 14-point lead with 12:55 left in the game Saturday but couldn’t hold on against the North Eastern Athletic Conference’s top team, Penn State/Harrisburg. The 68-65 loss ends Keuka’s season with a 5-7 record (4-14 NEAC, two slots out of the playoffs). Storm freshman guard Adam Stephens (Pal-Mac) grabbed one rebound and blocked one shot in the loss.
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Tyshun Stevens (Newark) and the Nazareth College
Golden Flyers ended their season on Saturday.
   Sophomore guard Shakista Woolfolk (Newark) scored 16 points to push Monroe Community College past Jamestown CC last Thursday in the ninth straight win for the Tribunes. That win streak got snapped downstate on Tuesday by Monroe College, 82-53. The Tribunes have one game left in the regular season, at Alfred State tonight.
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   Nazareth College sophomore guard Tyshun Stephens (Newark) scored eight points and took in two rebounds Saturday afternoon as the Golden Flyers closed out their season by holding on for an 83-80 win over Utica College. The Flyers’ 13-point first-half lead evaporated in the second half, but Nazareth had enough to finish. The Flyers end their winter with a 15-10 record (8-8 E-8). 
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   Virginia Tech had one player in double figures Sunday as seventh-ranked Duke outclassed the Hokies in a 90-40 torching. Sophomore guard Alyssa Fenyn (Newark) was the second-high scorer for Tech with seven points. She added four rebounds, an assist and a steal. The Hokies are 11-16 (1-11 ACC).
   Canisius College senior midfielder Jackie Loson (Newark) scored one of the Golden Griffins’ five goals yesterday in the season opener against Vanderbilt University at Nashville, TN. With an assist from Maria Kotas, Jackie connected with 8:25 left in the game, with Vandy commanding a 15-4 lead. The game ended, 16-5.
   In her junior year, Jackie started 15 of 17 games (she started yesterday, too) and was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Second Team, with nine goals and seven assists.
Kailee Spusta
Third in floor exercises
   Ithaca College junior Kailee Spusta (Pal-Mac) tied for third in the floor exercises (9.575) in a quad meet on Saturday, the annual Harriet Marranca Memorial Invitational. Ithaca won over Cortland and Wilson, but lost to Brockport.
   Methodist University won its third straight match on Sunday, 7-2 over Agnes Scott College. Monarch sophomore Stacey Brooks (Newark) teamed with Laura Baker at third doubles to get an 8-2 win over Agnes Scott’s Hannah Kraus and Lauren Rives.
   St. Lawrence University went 2-for-3 over the weekend at the Epps Cup competition at the College Squash Association team national championships at Princeton. Saints sophomore Corey McHugh (Lyons/Brighton) lost at six when Georgetown upset St. Lawrence, 6-3, in the opening round. That loss sent St. Lawrence into the consolations where the Saints got wins over Boston College, 5-4, and against Colgate, 7-2. Corey got a 3-2 win at five against BC, and took a 3-0 win at six in the Colgate victory.
   Nazareth College junior Tim Rutan (Wayne) finished 17th in the mile run (4:55.83) and 24th in the 800 meters (2:12.84) Saturday in the Orange and Brown Invitational at RIT.
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   Roberts Wesleyan junior Matt Hussey (Marion) ran to a sixth place finish (8L57.52) in the 3000 meters at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Indoor meet at Indiana Wesleyan University. Sophomore Aaron Steensma (Marion) was fourth in the pole vault (13-5.25) and took an eighth place in the long jump (21-00.75).
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   Utica College freshman Breiten Balschmiter (Newark) finished second in the shot put (48-10.0)  at the Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational meet at Cornell on Saturday.
   University of Buffalo freshman Sean Walton (Pal-Mac) had Northern Illinois’s Nick Smith tied at the end of regulation, 6-6, but lost in sudden victory overtime, 8-6, in their 125-pound bout on Sunday afternoon. Buffalo won the meet, 22-9.
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   Have news about a local athlete who will compete in a college sport this spring? Please drop me a line at john.addyman@yahoo.com.


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