ONEONTA, NY (WKTV) - West Canada grad Jared Suderley scored a career-high 40 points and eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in his career but visiting Farmingdale State would outscore Hartwick 17-7 in the overtime period as the Rams defeated the Hawks 98-88 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Lambros Arena.
Suderley becomes the second sophomore in Hawks’ history to achieve 1,000 points in his career. He also added a team-high 17 rebounds and dished out three assists. Chris Ryder (Port Washington, NY/Port Washington) contributed 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Anthony Keane (Staten Island, NY/Monsignor Farrell) chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Mike Geisser (East Hanover, NJ/Hanover Park) added 10 points, five rebounds, and two steals.
AJ Matthews led the Rams with 33 points and 19 rebounds. Ryan Davis scored 16 points, secured six rebounds, and had four steals. Dyshaun Flourney added 17 points. Josh Smith chipped in 12 points and Ibrahim Johnson added 11 points.
“Jared was fantastic and played his heart out tonight,” remarked head coach Todd McGuinness.
The Hawks found themselves in a hole early in the game as Farmingdale raced out to a 10-2 lead. Hartwick settled down and would go on a 16-7 run and take the lead, 18-15, with 13:10 to play in the first. The teams would exchange baskets until a quick 9-0 spurt by the Hawks put them ahead 27-21 with 8:34 to go in the first. The ’Wick lead would increase to eight and then to 10 following a layup by Suderley with 31 seconds left. The Hawks would lead 41-31 at halftime.
In the second half, Hartwick would push its lead to 13 points at 16:49 but an 11-2 Ram run got them to within four points of tying the game up. Farmingdale would eventually take the lead at 8:05 following a layup by Matthews. The rest of the game was a seesaw battle as both teams would exchange baskets back and forth. Farmingdale would have a two-point lead, 81-79, with 42 seconds left on the clock. Two Keane free throws would knot the score at 81-all with 26 seconds remaining. After Matthews missed a layup with 11 seconds left in the game, Keane secured the rebound and Hartwick would call a timeout. The Hawks had one more shot but Mark Blazek’s (Erie, PA/Erie Cathedral Prep) potential game-winning three-point shot was off the mark and the game went into overtime.
In the overtime period, layups by Geisser and Suderley gave Hartwick a four-point lead with 3:18 left to play. After a Ram score from Christian Nunez, Suderley drained a three-pointer to increase the Hawk lead to five points with 2:24 remaining. The lead, however, would disappear as the Hawks turned the ball over three times and Farmingdale would take advantage as they would go on a 15-0 run to close out the game and come away with the victory.
The Rams shot 49.3% from the field to Hartwick’s 47.9%. Farmingdale had the better three-point percentage as they shot 44% to the Hawks’ 31.8%. Hartwick held a slight advantage in rebounds, 44-43.
“It’s a tough loss,” said McGuinness. “Our guys played hard but Farmingdale made plays down the stretch and we didn’t. We had a good year and I’m very proud of my guys.”
Hartwick ends their year with a final record of 23-4 which ties for the most wins in program history. The game also marked the final contest for seniors Ryder, Blazek, and Andres Carpio (Beacon, NY/Lock Haven).
“Andres, Chris, and Mark had very good careers,” added McGuinness. “Two of those players were 1,000 point scorers and all three will be missed next year.”