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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Policelli scores 31 of career-high 34 points in second half

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 2/1/23

Stony Brook University’s Frankie Policelli (New Hartford) has scored in double figures in the second half of eight basketball games this season.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Policelli scores 31 of career-high 34 points in second half


Stony Brook University’s Frankie Policelli (New Hartford) has scored in double figures in the second half of eight basketball games this season, but the graduate student was at his all-time best in the last 20 minutes of the Seawolves’ 71-66, come-from-behind win over Hampton University on Saturday.

All Policelli did was score 31 of his team’s 41 second-half points and finish with a career-high 34 points and 12 rebounds.

“A lot of guys made huge plays and were factors in the game,” Stony Brook head coach Geno Ford would say after the win, “but Frankie’s second half is the best 20 minutes of offensive basketball I’ve been a part of.”

In Stony Brook’s previous game, a 77-74 loss to William & Mary, Policelli had scored 16 of his then career-high 25 points in the second half, helping the Seawolves cut a 20-point deficit to one point down the stretch.

In the first half against Hampton’s Pirates, Policelli scored only three first-half points – he was 0 for 4 from the floor – and Stony Brook fell behind by as many as 14. But he made 11 of 16 field goal attempts and 9 of 10 free throws in the second half.

It was Policelli’s eighth double-double of the season. He has led the Division I Seawolves in scoring eight times and has been their leading rebounder in 17 games.

Policelli has started all 22 games and is averaging 14.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. He has 41 three-pointers and at 36.6 percent, he is the team’s best shooter from beyond the arc.

Policelli’s 9.5 rebounds per game leads the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and the 6-foot-7 forward entered the week fifth in all of Division I men’s basketball in defensive rebounds per game (8.05). He also ranks third in free throw percentage (78.3) in the CAA.

In Division III, Lyndon State freshman Greg Gonyea (Dolgeville) was named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Week for the second straight time after scoring 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting in a 94-91 win over Maine Maritime Academy. Gonyea, averaging 18 points per game since joining the starting lineup nine games ago, is averaging 12.4 overall for a Vermont team coached by Dave Pasiak (Waterville).

SUNY Cortland’s Cam Williams (Rome/RFA) had four 3s and scored 16 points in a 93-81 win over SUNY Plattsburgh.

St. Lawrence University’s Trent Adamson (Ilion/Thomas R. Proctor) scored a team-high 16 points and had eight rebounds in a 57-49 win over Vassar College.

Utica University’s Tommy Morreale (Whitesboro) scored 15 points on Tuesday as the Pioneers extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 68-66 home win over Empire 8 foe Nazareth. The Pioneers are 17-2 overall and 12-0 in the league.

SUNY Poly’s Dylan Ernst (Rome/Holland Patent) scored 12 points in just 23 minutes as the Wildcats edged Northern Vermont-Johnson 54-52, and his 15 points helped them beat SUNY Canton 83-79. His brother, Josh Ernst (Rome/Holland Patent), had eight points and six rebounds in that win.

SUNY Poly’s Connor records double-double in win

Senior center Kierra Connor (Blossvale/Camden) scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and the SUNY Poly women’s basketball team beat Northern Vermont-Johnson 69-57.

Le Moyne College’s Sydney Lusher (Oneida) had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Division II Dolphins extended their winning streak to five games with a 63-58 victory over the College of St. Rose.

Utica University’s Petrina DeMarco (Whitesboro) shot 5 of 10 from three-point range and scored a season-high 17 points in a 90-69 loss to Sage College.

Hamilton College’s Emma Sehring (Sauquoit/Notre Dame) recorded her ninth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 74-73 loss to Wesleyan.

Paul Smith’s College sophomore Hayleigh Gates (West Winfield/Mount Markham) had 23 points and eight rebounds in a 76-50 loss to Maine-Augusta.

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Lonnie Wadsworth (New Hartford) scored a season-high 21 points and teammate Sophia Murray (New Hartford) had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in a 58-46 win over Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

Utica shot putter Fahy sets school record

Utica University’s Jane Fahy (Oriskany) was named the Empire 8 Conference’s co-Field Athlete of the Week after the women’s track and field star broke the school record in the shot put during Utica’s Blue & Orange Invitational.

Fahy won the shot put with a record heave of 43 feet, ¼-inch, and Utica teammate Mackenzie Mix (Camden) won the 400-meter dash in 59.87 seconds.

Utica men were led by Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA), who was runner-up in the shot put at 46-0 ½ and fifth in the weight throw at 48-11 ¾, and distance runner Michael Roberts (Remsen) placed second in the 5,000-meter run in 15:29.88.

DeBlasiis scores in Canton’s ice hockey win

Junior forward Gino DeBlasiis (Rome/RFA) scored his fifth goal of the season while helping his SUNY Canton men’s ice hockey team edge Anna Maria College 4-3.

SUNY Morrisville freshman defenseman Andrew Manley (Whitesboro) had an assist in a 5-4 loss to SUNY Geneseo.

In women’s ice hockey, defender Sydney Bard (New Hartford) recorded her 22nd assist of the season in Colgate University’s 3-1 win over Harvard.

Falvo, MacDonald win in pool on Senior Day

On a day when SUNY Geneseo swimmers Alexis Falvo (New Hartford) and Kim MacDonald (New Hartford) were two of the seniors honored, both scored victories as the Knights outscored Buffalo State 146-72.

Falvo won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:15.20 and also was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (1:51.27) and MacDonald won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:12.90 to help Geneseo end the regular season with an 8-1 dual meet record.


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