UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Four ’Wick players scored in double figures as the men’s basketball team had little trouble with host Utica and won in convincing fashion 96-59 on Friday night at the Clark Athletic Center. The Hawks are now 17-2 overall and 6-2 in the Empire 8. Utica falls to 6-13 and 2-6 in the Empire 8.
Jared Suderley (Newport, NY/West Canada Valley) led the Hawks and all scorers with 21 points and added 12 rebounds. Mike Geisser (East Hanover, NJ/Hanover Park) scored a career-high 18 points off the bench on 7-of-9 shooting and 4-of-6 in three-pointers. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Chris Ryder (Port Washington, NY/Port Washington) contributed 13 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Keane (Staten Island, NY/Monsignor Farrell) also scored 13 points and had six rebounds.
“Mike did a good job of finding holes and making jumpers and did well on the glass,” noted head coach Todd McGuinness. “Anthony did well attacking the basket and Jared rebounded and finished well around the basket.”
Mark Blazek (Erie, PA/Erie Cathedral Prep) and Andres Carpio (Beacon, NY/Lock Haven) both chipped in nine points each. Carpio also added five assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Matt Baldwin led Utica with 16 points. Jeff Ward contributed 15 points.
The Hawks scored the opening points of the game and after the Pioneers went ahead by one following a three from Baldwin, it was all Hartwick the rest of the way as they never trailed again. Hartwick was on fire in the first half as they shot 62.5% from the field and made 66.7% of their three-point attempts. Utica would get to within four points of the lead, 23-19, at 11:47 but a huge 22-8 ’Wick run put Hartwick up 43-27 with six minutes remaining in the half. Hartwick led 52-38 at halftime.
The second half was no different as the Hawks raced out to a 14-4 run in the opening minutes and led 66-42 at 16:24. The Hawks defense kept the Utica offense in check as the Pioneers shot only 30.3% from the field in the second half and made only one three-pointer.
Overall, the Hawks shot 54.4 % from the floor and 53.6 % in three pointers. Utica made 33.3 % of their field goals and just 20% of their three-point attempts. The only edge they had was on the free-throw line as they converted 58.8 of their attempts compared to 53.8% for ’Wick. Hartwick got big contributions from the bench as they outscored Utica 29-13. The Hawks had a 13-5 advantage off of turnovers. ’Wick also dominated on the glass as they snagged 52 rebounds to the Pioneers’ 30 boards.
“We did a great job on offense and when you go 10-for-15 in three-pointers, you expect to win when you shoot that well,” said McGuinness.
The Hawks are in a three-way tie for first place with Stevens and Nazareth. Hartwick will be at Ithaca tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm. The Hawks will be looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Bombers at Lambros Arena back on January 13 when Ithaca won 73-71.