February 16, 2013
Sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) scored 20 points with seven rebounds and senior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) added 14 points, but the Keuka College men’s basketball team saw its season end with a 74-64 loss to Wells College Saturday afternoon in Aurora, NY.
Keuka (10-13, 8-7 North Eastern Athletic Conference) needed a win over the Express (12-13, 8-7) to earn the program’s first postseason appearance since the 2009-10 season, but was outscored 21-10 down the stretch.
The top two teams from each division along with the third-place team with the best head-to-head record advance into the NEAC postseason tournament, which runs Tuesday through Sunday, and Keuka finished as the No. 3 team in the NEAC North Division.
But the Storm lost out on the head-to-head tiebreaker with Penn State-Harrisburg, the No. 3 team in the South, since Harrisburg knocked off Keuka 80-72 on Jan. 13.
Senior Conor Boyer (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester) capped his Keuka career by scoring six points with seven rebounds, and sophomore Joe Tortolon (Dundee, NY/Dundee) came off the bench to score seven points with six rebounds in the loss.
Freshman Casey Williams (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt) added eight points for Keuka, which shot 39 percent (23-for-59) while allowing Wells to shoot 48 percent (26-for-54).
Down 65-61 with 2:28 remaining, Tuggles swished a 15-foot jumper to pull Keuka within 65-63 with 2:28 remaining, but the Express outscored the Storm 9-1 to pull away and earn a spot in the postseason.
Keuka went into halftime trailing 32-30. Sophomore Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) collected a rebound and scored to tie it at 34, but the Express went on a 5-0 run to lead 39-34.
Tuggles hit a pair of free throws and Healey hit a lay-in to trim the deficit to 39-38, but Wells answered with another 5-0 run to take a 44-38. Tortolon came off the bench to score back-to-back layups for a two-point deficit, 44-42.
Sophomore Tyler Hixson (Shortsville, NY/Red Jacket) added consecutive layups to know the score at 46 with under 12 minutes remaining.
Trailing 50-49, Healey hit a layup, was fouled and completed the three-point play to put Keuka ahead by one with 8:08 remaining.
Williams then hit a pair of free throws for a 54-53 lead, but Wells responded with a 9-0 lead and led 62-54.
An offensive rebound and putback from Williams stopped the Wells’ run, and Healey hit two free throws and a lay-in as Keuka clawed within 64-61, but the Storm couldn’t pull out the win.
E.J. Taylor scored 18 points, Ryan Hood added 17 points and J.J. Walton chipped in with 16 points to power the Express, who shot 46.2 percent (6-for-13) on three-pointers.
February 15, 2013
The basketball regular season comes to a close Saturday afternoon, when the Storm’s women’s and men’s teams travel to Aurora, N.Y. for a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader.
Heading into the last games of the regular season, this much is known about the Storm’s postseason fate: the women (18-3, 15-1 NEAC) have claimed the North Division championship for the second time in three seasons and have earned the No. 2 seed for the upcoming postseason tournament, which comes with a bye into the semifinals.
Lancaster Bible College (20-4, 15-2) wrapped up the South Division with a win Friday night, and the Chargers will host the six-team tournament. Despite the Storm having a better conference record, Lancaster Bible clinches the top seed and the right to host based on owning the head-to-head tiebreaker against Keuka thanks to a 58-50 win over the Storm on Jan. 7.
Keuka’s first playoff game would occur on Feb. 23 against an opponent TBA.
The men (10-12, 8-6) need a win over the Express (11-13, 7-7) to earn the program’s first postseason appearance since the 2009-10 season, when Keuka won the play-in game over Cazenovia College before falling to Wells in the NEAC quarterfinals.
The women tip off vs. the Express (12-12, 11-5) at 1 p.m., followed by the men playing at 3 p.m.
Live stats are available for both games by visiting http://livestats.prestosports.com/wells/
Both NEAC tournaments start Feb. 19, with the semifinals on Feb. 23 and the championship game on Feb. 24. The winner of the postseason tournament earns the conference’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III tournament.
For the women’s tournament, the top three teams from each division qualify for the postseason.
Keuka’s women have represented the NEAC in the NCAA tournament in four of the last six years.
Keuka’s women are coming off a tough 64-44 non-conference loss at SUNY Geneseo Tuesday night. The Storm fell behind 13-2 and trailed 27-15 at halftime before using a 15-9 run to pull within 36-30.
But the Blue Knights went on a 9-0 run and snapped the Storm’s 12-game win streak.
Sophomore Erica Pendrak (Utica, NY/New York Mills) matched her season-high with 16 points and shot 63.6 percent from the floor, but no other student-athlete reached double-figures.
Junior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) scored all nine of her points in the second half and added five rebounds and classmate Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) added 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals for the Green and Gold.
Senior Mariah Mouzon (Elmira, NY/Elmira Free Academy) scored six points and sits 12 points away from becoming the 10th student-athlete in school history with 1,000 career points.
For the season, Bandrowski leads the Storm in scoring (15.4 ppg.), assists (4.8) and steals (4.0), and she ranks third in rebounding (4.6).
Bandrowski, who ranks second in the NEAC in assists, third in steals and seventh in scoring, also ranks 14th nationally in steals and 29th in assists per game.
Gravel ranks second on the Storm in scoring (15.1), and both she and Bandrowski are tied for the team lead in made ‘3s’ with 40 apiece.
February 11, 2013
Senior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) became just the 10th student-athlete in Keuka College men’s basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points, while junior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) averaged 15 points, 7.5 assists, 6 steals and 4.5 rebounds per game during a 2-0 week for Keuka’s women’s basketball team.
On Monday, Tuggles and Bandrowski were selected Keuka College’s Athletes of the Week.
The gym inside the Weed Physical Arts Center was packed as the Storm honored Tuggles and classmate Conor Boyer (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester), but the Storm were struggling for consistency during a back-and-forth first half.
With cardboard cutouts of their faces surrounding them in the gym, Tuggles, Boyer and the Storm held a slim 27-26 lead in the waning minutes of the first half. With one silky smooth jumper, Tuggles sent the Green and Gold faithful into a frenzy.
Tuggles swished a 15-foot jumper from the right wing as the first half expired to become just the 10th student-athlete at Keuka with 1,000 career points. That bucket gave the Storm a 29-26 halftime lead and Keuka improved its playoff chances with the win.
Leading 53-52, sophomore Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) knocked down a ‘3’ as the shot clock was winding down for a four-point lead. Tuggles made his last six free throws to clinch the win, which kept Keuka in sole possession of second place in the NEAC’s North Division.
With the victory, Keuka has double-digit wins in a season for the first time since the 2008-09 squad posted an 11-11 mark. That was also the last time the Storm finished a season with a .500 record.
To watch video of Tuggles scoring his 1,000th career point, watch the video below
On the road against SUNYIT, Tuggles added 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, but it wasn’t enough as the Green and Gold (10-12, 8-6 NEAC) suffered a 74-71 setback.
Trailing 28-26 late in the opening half, Tuggles hit a layup and Wagner made a ‘3’ for a 31-28 lead. Tuggles then got a steal and fed Wagner for a fast-break layup, and sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) made a jumper to put the Storm up 35-31 with 33 seconds left in the half, but IT answered with a ‘3’ and Keuka took a 35-34 halftime lead.
The game was a back-and-forth contest, but with the score tied at 66, IT made 7 of 8 free throws to pull away for the win.
For the season, Tuggles leads the Storm in points scored (298), assists (61), steals (26) and made free throws (105).
Bandrowski, a guard, nearly recorded a triple-double and finished with 12 points, 10 steals and 8 assists as Keuka defeated Cazenovia 62-51 Wednesday night. With the win, the Storm closed out the 2012-13 season with a perfect 11-0 record at home. The 10 steals were a career-high and were among the most by a Keuka student-athlete in the last 13 years.
On the road against rival SUNYIT, Bandrowski added 18 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals as the Storm finished a season-sweep of IT with an 87-80 win Saturday afternoon to remain in first place in the NEAC’s North Division.
The Storm (18-2, 15-1 NEAC) closed out the game on an 8-0 run to win their 12th straight game. It was also the seventh straight win vs. IT, and ninth in the last 10 meetings.
Emily Alicea hit a jumper to put IT up 70-69 with 5:34 remaining before senior Mariah Mouzon (Elmira, NY/Elmira Free Academy) hit a jumper and Bandrowski drained a ‘3’ for a 74-70 lead. IT’s Lyndsey Brognano answered with a ‘3’ of her own to slice the Storm lead to one, but sophomore Erica Pendrak (Utica, NY/New York Mills) followed with a ‘3’ to restore the four-point lead.
That’s when IT’s Abbey Hanahan took over, scoring seven straight points to stake the Wildcats to an 80-79 lead with 2:02 remaining, but from there it was all Storm.
Tied at 80, Bandrowski intercepted a pass and converted the fast-break layup for an 82-80 lead. Following a steal by junior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney), Bandrowski hit a pair of free throws for an 84-80 lead with 19 seconds remaining, and Keuka went 3-for-4 at the line to close out the win.
For the season, Bandrowski leads the Storm in scoring average (15.8 ppg.), assists (4.95 apg.) and steals (4 spg.).
She has reached double-figures in scoring 18 times in 20 games and ranks sixth in the NEAC in scoring, second in assists and third in steals per game.
The women’s basketball team travels to SUNY Geneseo for a 6 p.m. non-conference clash Tuesday night. Live stats are available at http://www.geneseo.edu/athletics/blue-knights-live, while a live streaming video feed can be watched at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sunygeneseobasketball.
Both basketball squads then close out the regular season Saturday at Wells College. The women play at 1 p.m., the men at 3 p.m. Live stats are available from Wells by visiting http://livestats.prestosports.com/wells.
February 9, 2013
Sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) and freshman Casey Williams (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt) each recorded double-doubles, but the Keuka College men’s basketball team fell at SUNYIT 74-71 Saturday afternoon.
Healey scored 26 points with 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year, while Williams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. But it wasn’t enough as the Storm fell to 10-12 and 8-6 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
With the loss, Keuka remains in second place in the NEAC’s North division. The top two teams from both the North and the South, along with the third-place team with the best head-to-head record, advance into the NEAC’s postseason tournament, which starts Feb, 19 and continues Feb. 23 and 24.
Healey shot 50 percent (9-for-18), but the Storm shot just 37.8 percent (28-for-74) in the loss. Healey also made 7 of 8 free throws in reaching double-figures for the 11th straight game, while Williams was a perfect 3-for-3 on three-pointers.
Senior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) added 14 points with 3 steals and 3 rebounds while classmate Conor Boyer (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester) snared seven rebounds.
Alex Drake scored 26 points while T’Andre Richardson added 16 points and Derek Rowe had nine points and 12 rebounds for SUNYIT (8-14, 6-6).
Trailing 28-26 late in the opening half, Tuggles hit a layup and sophomore Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) made a ‘3’ for a 31-28 lead.
Tuggles then got a steal and fed Wagner for a fast-break layup and Healey made a jumper to put the Storm up 35-31 with 33 seconds left in the half, but Drake hit a late ‘3’ as Keuka took a 35-34 halftime lead.
Keuka was down 50-41 and 52-44 before Williams buried back-to-back ‘3s’ to trim the deficit to 52-50 with 8:59 remaining.
Healey hit a pair of free throws and Boyer made a lay-in to give the Storm a 54-52 lead and from there, neither team led by more than four points.
Healey completed a three-point play to knot the score at 66 with 2:08 remaining, but the Wildcats made 7 of 8 free throws and led 73-68 with 17 seconds remaining.
Williams hit a ‘3’ to slice the deficit to 73-71, and Drake hit 1 of 2 at the foul line to extend the lead to three points. Tuggles missed a game-tying ‘3’ with four seconds remaining, and IT held on to salvage a split of the season series.
The Storm close out the regular season with a 3 p.m. contest at Wells College on Saturday, Feb. 16. Wells handed Keuka an 83-65 setback on Jan. 16. Live stats are available from the Wells game by visiting http://livestats.prestosports.com/wells/
February 6, 2013
The Keuka College men’s basketball team needed a lift during Wednesday night’s Senior Night contest against rival Cazenovia College.
The gym inside the Weed Physical Arts Center was packed as the Storm honored seniors Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) and Conor Boyer (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester), but the Storm were struggling for consistency during a back-and-forth first half.
With cardboard cutouts of their faces surrounding them in the gym, Tuggles, Boyer and the Storm held a slim 27-26 lead in the waning minutes of the first half. With one silky smooth jumper, the Green and Gold sent the gymnasium into a frenzy.
Tuggles swished a 15-foot jumper from the right wing as the first half expired to become just the 10th student-athlete at Keuka with 1,000 career points. That bucket gave the Storm a 29-26 halftime lead and Keuka went on to win 63-56, improving their playoff chances with the win.
“It’s a relief to get this over with and score my 1,000th point,” said Tuggles, who accomplished the feat with many family members and friends among the enthusiastic crowd.
Click “read more” below to watch a video of Tuggles scoring his 1000th career point.
February 5, 2013
By John Boccacino/Sports Information Director
Every athlete, regardless of sport, wants to win as often as possible, but for Keuka College men’s basketball standout Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili), his four years as a member of the Storm have been filled with more losses than wins.
Tuggles, a playmaker who has excelled as both a point and shooting guard, is nearing a rare milestone in school history, as he sits just five points shy of becoming the 10th student-athlete in school history to eclipse 1,000 points for his career.
And while the losses have taken a toll on Tuggles, a childhood education major with a 3.1 grade-point average, he has kept his focus and remained the ultimate team player despite suffering through a 28-62 mark during his four years in Keuka Park.
Tuggles’ patience is paying off, as this year’s Storm team (9-11, 7-5 North Eastern Athletic Conference) currently sits in second place in the NEAC’s North Division.
With three NEAC games remaining, Keuka has a good chance at securing the program’s first postseason berth since the 2009-10 season, Tuggles’ first with the Green and Gold.
With one more win, Keuka will have recorded the most wins in a campaign since the 2008-09 squad posted an 11-11 mark, the last time the Storm finished a season with a .500 record.
Heading into Wednesday night’s 8 p.m. Senior Night contest with Cazenovia College (6-14, 2-9), Tuggles is excited about joining the 1,000 point club, but more excited about securing a playoff spot and pursuing his ultimate goal: leading Keuka to the school’s first-ever NEAC championship.
“To score 1,000 points is a wonderful individual accomplishment, but coming into Keuka I never even thought about reaching 1,000 points for my career; all I ever wanted is for us to win that NEAC championship,” said Tuggles, who has started 82 of 90 games since arriving on campus.
“We have a lot of talent on this team and hopefully we still have a shot at getting that title.”
Tuggles and co-captain Conor Boyer (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester) will be honored during Wednesday night’s clash with Cazenovia. Live stats from the contest are available at www.KeukaStorm.com/live-stats.
Unlike last year, when the Storm relied on mostly two student-athletes for much of the scoring, this year’s squad is deep and balanced. Tuggles leads the team in scoring (271 points) and scoring average (13.6 ppg.), but he’s receiving plenty of help from his teammates.
Eight sophomores saw significant minutes in the 2011-12 season, and their maturity is a big reason why the Storm are having their best season in years.
Sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) has blossomed into a solid post player and leads Keuka in rebounding (6.9 rpg.) while ranking second in scoring average (13.1 pp.g) and field goal percentage (52 percent).
Sophomore Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) leads the NEAC in three-point shooting percentage (50 percent) while scoring nearly 10 points per game, while classmates Tyler Hixson (Shortsville, NY/Red Jacket) and Adam Starks (Wellsville, NY/Andover) are combining for 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Add in talented freshmen Casey Williams (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt), who is averaging 7.4 ppg. including a career-high 19 during a loss to Morrisville State on Jan. 30, and Vinney Zambito (Elba, NY/Batavia Notre Dame), who has provided solid ball handling and three-point shooting, and it’s easy to see why Tuggles is excited about the direction of the program, both this year and in the future.
It’s a future that Tuggles wasn’t sure he wanted to be a part of following his freshman year. He contemplated transferring and moving back to Rochester, but thought better of it.
He considered changing schools the following year but eventually one fact became clear: he belonged at Keuka.
“I’m very happy I decided to stay at Keuka and finish my degree,” said Tuggles, who ranks second all-time in made free throws (264), sixth in made three-pointers (117) and seventh in assists (237).
“Things got better every year I was on campus. Coach (Thad) Phillips has helped turn around the program slowly but surely and I’m confident that once I graduate, we will keep getting better and better. Helping this program turn a corner and become consistent contenders in the conference is part of my legacy and I’m glad about that.”
After playing point guard his freshman season, Phillips moved Tuggles to shooting guard for his sophomore and junior seasons. Injuries forced Tuggles back to the point for his senior season, and he has responded to the challenge.
Besides being a legit scoring threat, he is a distributor (team-leading 54 assists), an aggressive defender (team-leading 21 steals), and is the Storm’s third-leading rebounder (4.1 rpg.).
On nights when his jumper or long-range shots aren’t falling, Tuggles is still able to contribute by driving to the basket and getting fouled, and he leads the NEAC in made free throws (96) while converting 76.8 percent (96-for-125) of his free throws.
“I have to make sure I get everyone involved in a game,” Tuggles said. “I can’t worry solely about myself and what I can score by attacking the basket, but I have gotten better at playing more of a team game and looking to get my teammates involved more, and it’s paying off.”
While Tuggles is not the most vocal of student-athletes, Phillips said he’s been impressed with his maturity, leadership and ability to remain calm during the chaotic moments of a game.
“Teddy is a mentally tough guy with a great work ethic who has handled adversity very well in his time on campus,” said Phillips, in his third season leading the Green and Gold.
“Yes he can score and he has a good shot but he’s more than that: he’s become a tremendous defender who has gotten stronger every year and he’s a great leader for this team. When his shots aren’t falling, he recognizes we have other guys who can step up and produce. Teddy’s a fun-loving kid with an infectious laugh and the guys just love him.”
February 3, 2013
Sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) scored 18 points with 8 rebounds and classmate Adam Starks (Wellsville, NY/Andover) added a career-high 14 points, but Keuka College’s men’s basketball team suffered a 67-63 home loss to Penn State-Abington Sunday afternoon inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Starks was 5-for-6 from the floor and connected on both of his three-point attempts while adding six rebounds, and senior Conor Boyer (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester) had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, but the Storm (9-11, 7-5) dropped their second straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest.
Freshman Casey Williams (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt) added eight points and six rebounds while sophomore Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) had seven points and four rebounds for the Green and Gold.
Wagner, the NEAC’s leading three-point shooter at 50 percent (43-for-86) connected on 2 of 3 from three-point range, but the Storm shot just 5-for-16 on ‘3s.’
Senior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) had six points and four rebounds and remains five points shy of becoming just the 10th student-athlete in program history with 1,000 career points.
Trailing 19-12 eight minutes in, Williams and Boyer each had lay-ins and Starks hit a jumper and a ‘3’ to give the Green and Gold a 21-19 lead.
Following a 5-0 spurt from Abington (9-12, 7-3 NEAC), Boyer had a lay-in to pull the Storm within 24-23, but the Nittany Lions went on a 7-0 run and led 31-23 with 3:57 left in the opening half.
The Storm trailed 41-35 heading into halftime despite shooting 45.2 percent (14-for-31) in the half.
Keuka chipped away at the lead, and after Wagner swished a ‘3’ from the right side, Williams snared an offensive rebound and converted the putback for a 49-48 lead with 11 minutes remaining.
In a back-and-forth contest, the lead changed hands eight times over the next four minutes, but after Tuggles swished his only ‘3’ of the game, the Green and Gold had a 58-56 lead with 7:20 left.
Mike Colacci answered with a ‘3’ to put Abington up 59-58, but Healey had a layup and Starks drained a ‘3’ from the wing for a 63-62 lead with five minutes left.
Those would be the last points of the game for Keuka, which missed its last five shots. Abington took a 65-63 lead on a ‘3’ from Kyle Battell, and made two free throws down the stretch to win its fifth straight NEAC game.
Keuka lost despite limiting Abington to just 29 percent shooting in the second half (9-for-31).
The Storm return home for an 8 p.m. Senior Night contest against Cazenovia on Wednesday night.
January 28, 2013
Junior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) averaged 24.3 points per game to lead Keuka College’s women’s basketball team to an undefeated 3-0 week, while sophomore Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) continued his hot-shooting and averaged 14.3 points per game as the Storm men picked up three wins.
On Monday, Bandrowski and Wagner were selected Keuka College’s Athletes of the Week.
In addition to scoring 73 points, Bandrowski averaged 7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.3 steals over three wins as Keuka (13-2, 10-1 North Eastern Athletic Conference) remained in first place in the NEAC North with three big conference wins.
Bandrowski, a second-team All-NEAC guard last year, scored 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting, including hitting 6 of 10 three-pointers, during Wednesday’s 90-70 road win over Cazenovia College. She added 8 rebounds with 6 steals and 4 assists in the win.
Facing rival SUNYIT, Bandrowski had her best game of the season as the Storm defeated the Wildcats for the sixth straight time, and ninth time in the last 10 meetings.
Bandrowski scored a career-high 34 points to go with 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists as the Storm earned a thrilling 102-98 overtime win over SUNYIT. Keuka snapped SUNYIT’s six-game conference winning streak while scoring the most points in a game since a 101-35 win over Practical Bible during the 1993-94 season.
Leading 97-95 in OT, Bandrowski hit a pair of free throws and added a steal and a fast-break layup for a 101-95 lead with 22 seconds remaining. Following a SUNYIT ‘3’, Bandrowski went 1-for-2 at the free-throw line for a four-point lead, and SUNYIT missed a three-pointer to seal the win.
On Sunday, Bandrowski scored 12 points with 6 assists and 5 rebounds during a 72-56 win over Cobleskill as Keuka improved to 8-0 at home while picking up its seventh straight NEAC win.
For the season, Bandrowski leads Keuka in scoring (16.6 ppg.), assists (69) and steals (56), while shooting 44 percent from the field and 35.2 percent on three-pointers. She has scored in double-figures in 14 of 15 games and is fourth in the NEAC in scoring, third in assists per game (4.6) and third in steals per game (3.7).
Wagner scored 43 points with 17 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals as Keuka swept Cazenovia, SUNYIT and SUNY Cobleskill. With the win over Cobleskill, the Storm (9-9, 7-3 NEAC) remained in second place in the NEAC North.
It’s also the first time the Green and Gold have had a .500 record since Jan. 9, 2010, when Keuka was 4-4. The Storm haven’t been above .500 since a 4-3 record following a win over Morrisville State on Dec. 9, 2009.
Wagner scored nine points with a season-high eight rebounds during Wednesday night’s 82-68 road win over Cazenovia College, but he was just getting warmed up for the weekend’s two conference clashes.
At home against SUNYIT, Wagner scored 15 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including hitting 3 of 4 shots from three-point range.
The Storm trailed 36-29 late in the first half, but went on a 20-11 run bridging the two halves to take a 49-47 lead after Wagner knocked down a wide-open ‘3’ five minutes into the second.
Neither school led by more than two points until sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) made a layup and freshman Vinney Zambito (Elba, NY/Batavia Notre Dame) buried a ‘3’ for a 57-53 lead with 6:22 remaining. That caused SUNYIT to call timeout, and Kaleel Johnson pulled the Wildcats within 57-56 on a three-point play with 5:44 remaining.
After Zambito snared an offensive rebound, Wagner knocked down another ‘3’ and Zambito followed with his second ‘3’ of the half to give Keuka a 63-56 lead with 3:43 left. The Storm hit their final five free throws to clinch the win.
Against Cobleskill, Wagner set a career-high with 19 points while shooting 7 of 11, including connecting on 5 of 8 three-point attempts.
Wagner also handed out a career-high seven assists with five rebounds in an 89-78 win over Cobleskill as the Storm completed the season sweep while scoring their most points in a game this year.
Wagner scored 14 points in the first half, making 4 of 5 three-point attempts as Keuka took a 36-25 halftime lead en route to its third straight win.
On the year, Wagner is averaging 10.2 points per game with 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He leads the NEAC in three-point shooting percentage (52 percent), having made 39 of 75 attempts, including four games with at least four ‘3s’.
Keuka travels to Morrisville State for a NEAC doubleheader Wednesday night. The women play at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m.
Both teams return home this weekend. The women host Wilson College at 1 p.m. Saturday, and both the women and men play Penn State-Abington Sunday afternoon, with the women tipping off at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
Live stats are available at www.KeukaStorm.com/live-stats.
January 27, 2013
Sophomores Tyler Hixson (Shortsville, NY/Red Jacket) and Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) each set career-highs in scoring to power the Keuka College men’s basketball team to an 89-78 win over SUNY Cobleskill Sunday afternoon inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Hixson scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting and also snared nine rebounds while Wagner added 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 5-for-8 on three-pointers, as the Storm (9-9, 7-3 North Eastern Athletic Conference) scored their most points in a game this season.
It’s the first time the Green and Gold have had a .500 record since Jan. 9, 2010, when Keuka was 4-4. The Storm haven’t been above .500 since a 4-3 record following a win over Morrisville State on Dec. 9, 2009.
Wagner added a career-high seven assists while senior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) had 15 points and four assists and freshman Casey Williams (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt) chipped in 14 points as the Storm placed five in double-figures.
Sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) had 16 points and six rebounds while senior Conor Boyer (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester) pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in the win as the Green and Gold completed a season sweep of Cobleskill (5-14, 3-6).
Tuggles sits 29 points shy of becoming just the 10th student-athlete at Keuka to score 1,000 career points.
Wagner scored 14 points in the first half, making 4 of 5 three-point attempts, while Boyer snared eight rebounds and had four assists in the first as Keuka took a 36-25 lead.
The Storm shot 42.9 percent in the half (15-for-35) while holding Cobleskill to 26.5 percent shooting (9-for-34), including just 21.4 percent on ‘3s’ (3-for-14).
Keuka led for much of the first half, including 22-18 before Wagner and freshman Vinney Zambito (Elba, NY/Batavia Notre Dame) each made ‘3s’ to extend the lead to 28-18.
In the second half, the Tigers clawed within 38-32 before Healey hit a layup and Wagner knocked down a ‘3’ for a 43-32 lead with 16:52 remaining.
The lead grew to 48-36 when Tuggles made his only ‘3’ of the contest with 14 minutes left, but Kareem Bernard buried three ‘3s’ to get Cobleskill within 50-47 with 12:29 remaining.
Hixson made a layup and a pair of free throws while Boyer added a layup as the Storm went on a 6-0 run to lead 56-47. The Green and Gold held at least a nine-point edge until Tyrone Mitchell converted a three-point play that pulled Cobleskill within 70-64 with 2:29 to play.
Alexis Nunez’s three-point play pulled the Tigers within 79-74 with 1:03 remaining, but the Storm made nine of 10 free throws to pull away and remain in second place in the NEAC North. Tuggles went 10-for-12 at the free throw line, including hitting seven in a row to seal the win.
Bernard finished with 22 points while Nunez had 15 for Cobleskill, which was outrebounded by Keuka 51-32.
Keuka travels to Morrisville State for a 7 p.m. clash Wednesday night before returning home to face Penn State-Abington at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.
January 26, 2013
Sophomores Tyler Hixson (Shortsville, NY/Red Jacket) and Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) each scored 15 points while freshman Vinney Zambito (Elba, NY/Batavia Notre Dame) came off the bench to make two big second-half three-pointers as Keuka College’s men’s basketball team held off SUNYIT, 68-64 Saturday inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Zambito finished with seven points, all in the last six minutes and 22 seconds, as Keuka (8-9, 6-3 North Eastern Athletic Conference) used a 12-3 spurt to win its second straight conference game.
Sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) added 11 points and five rebounds while senior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) had 10 points and five assists to power the Storm.
Keuka fell behind 7-1 early on, but Wagner made a ‘3’, sophomore Adam Starks (Wellsville, NY/Andover) hit a jumper and Hixson made a spinning layup to pull the Storm within 11-10 five minutes in.
Hixson added a layup and Tuggles made his only three-pointer of the contest for a 15-13 Storm lead with 12:52 remaining in the first.
Trailing 30-25, Hixson and Wagner each made layups to slice the deficit to one point, but IT used a 6-0 run to take a 36-29 lead with three minutes left in the opening half.
Hixson scored 14 first-half points on 7 of 9 shooting, but the Green and Gold trailed SUNYIT (5-12, 3-4 NEAC) 37-35 heading into the second half.
Keuka went 5-for-6 on free throws to pull even at 45 with 16:23 left, and when Wagner knocked down a wide-open ‘3’, the Storm had a 49-47 lead with 15:20 remaining.
Neither school led by more than two points until Healey made a layup and Zambito buried a ‘3’ for a 57-53 lead with 6:22 remaining. That caused IT to call timeout, and Kaleel Johnson pulled the Wildcats within 57-56 on a three-point play with 5:44 remaining.
After Zambito snared an offensive rebound, Wagner knocked down another ‘3’ and Zambito followed with his second ‘3’ of the half to give Keuka a 63-56 lead with 3:43 left.
Desmian Greer (32 points) answered with back-to-back triples as the Wildcats clawed within 63-62 with 2:10 remaining, but Keuka made its final five free throws as Tuggles went 4-for-4 and Zambito added a free throw to seal the win.
The Storm shot 45.1 percent for the game (23-for-51), including 51.7 percent in the first half (15-for-29). Keuka also turned the ball over a season-low six times, including just once in the first half.
The Storm hosts SUNY Cobleskill at 3 p.m. Sunday inside the Weed. Live stats are available at www.KeukaStorm.com/live-stats.