Basketball Home Openers Tuesday
November 19, 2012
After starting the season on the road, both the Keuka College women’s and men’s basketball teams return home Tuesday night for their home openers.
Keuka’s women (1-1) host the University of Pitt-Bradford (1-1) at 6 p.m., followed by the men (0-2) hosting Rochester Institute of Technology (0-0) at 8 p.m. inside the Weed Physical Arts Center. Admission to both contests is free. For fans who can’t make it to the games, live stats will be available from both contests by visit www.KeukaStorm.com/live-stats.
The Storm women traveled to Rochester for the 2nd annual Onnie’s Classic at Nazareth College. Keuka fell to host Nazareth 58-55 in the opener before rebounding to knock off The College at Brockport 63-54 on Sunday. It was Katie Marcella’s first win as Keuka’s full-time women’s basketball coach.
Junior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches), Keuka’s Female Athlete of the Week, was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring 37 points with 8 steals and 6 rebounds over the two-days of the Onnie’s Classic.
Bandrowski scored 20 points during the win over Brockport, and had 17 points in the loss to Nazareth.
The Storm placed three in double-figures against the Golden Eagles: Bandrowski, junior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney), who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals, and sophomore Brittany Hadley (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg), who scored 10 points.
Sophomore Erica Pendrak (Utica, NY/New York Mills) added nine points and four rebounds as six different members of the Storm scored five or more points. Keuka shot 21-for-48 (43.8 percent) for the game, compared to 21-for-60 (35 percent) for Brockport (1-2).
Against Nazareth, Junior Casey Chamberlain (Perry, NY/Perry) had 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 points and 2 blocks while Gravel added 13 points for Keuka, which jumped out to a 23-14 first half lead after a layup from senior Mariah Mouzon (Elmira, NY/Elmira Free Academy).
Junior Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists while Mouzon added nine points and seven rebounds for Keuka, which enjoyed a 42-32 edge in rebounding.
Pitt-Bradford owns a 7-5 edge all-time against Keuka.
On the men’s side, the Storm dropped a 60-39 decision to host Gettysburg (Pa.) College in the opener of the Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament, and hung tough with Kenyon (Ohio) College before falling, 73-62 in the tournament consolation game Saturday.
Senior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) earned All-Tournament team honors after scoring 34 points with 10 rebounds and 4 steals during the Storm’s two games.
Tuggles, a four-year member of the Storm, scored a game-high 16 points with 4 steals and 2 rebounds in the opener. He scored eight points in both halves and connected on 4 of 8 three-pointers, while freshman Casey Williams (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt) added 9 points, a team-most 5 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Green and Gold.
Facing Kenyon, Tuggles once again led the Green and Gold in scoring (18 points) and snared eight rebounds, but a late 10-0 run sent the Storm to a 73-62 defeat.
Sophomores Tyler Hixson (Shortsville, NY/Red Jacket) and Adam Starks (Wellsville, NY/Andover) each added 10 points while Hixson also snared five rebounds for the Green and Gold.
Keuka trailed 36-25 late in the first half before sophomore Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) buried a trey and Tuggles converted a three-point play to trim the lead to 36-31, but Kenyon took a 38-31 lead into halftime.
The Storm started the second on a 12-4 run as Hixson scored six points, Starks had four points and Tuggles made a pair of free throws to pull Keuka within 44-43.
Tuggles then connected on a ‘3’ to tie the score at 46, but Kenyon maintained its lead, which grew to 58-52 with 6:28 remaining.
Sophomore Brandon Franklin (DeWitt, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt) made a layup, two of his eight points, to pull the Storm within 60-58 with 5:08 remaining. But Kenyon (1-1) answered with a 10-0 spurt to seize control, 70-58, and held on for the win.
In the loss, Tuggles was a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line.
In the all-time series, RIT owns an 11-2 edge against Keuka.