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College Athletics Report: Norsen eclipses 1,000 points in Fisher comeback

Jason Norsen stands with his St. John Fisher coach, Rob Kornaker, after scoring his 1,000th career point. (Photo courtesy of St. John Fisher)

The St. John Fisher College men’s basketball program overcame a 17-point deficit late in the first half and rallied to earn a 79-69 win over visiting Utica College on Friday (Jan. 25) night at Fisher’s Bobby Wanzer Court. During the comeback win, senior Jason Norsen of Hamburg became the 20th player in Fisher history to score 1,000 points in a career.

The Capital One Academic All-American scored 19 points, bringing his career total to 1,008. Norsen, who is already Fisher’s all-time leader in blocked shots, added seven rejections along with eight boards in the win. With the win, Fisher moves to 11-8 overall and 6-4 in the Empire 8 Conference. Norsen broke 1,000 points in his three-year varsity high school career at Frontier

Michigan, McLimans move up to nation’s No. 1

The University of Michigan’s men’s basketball team, which is off to the best start in school history with a 19-1 record, ascended to the top spot in the AP Top 25 poll following its 74-60 victory at Illinois on Sunday (Jan. 27). Hamburg’s Blake McLimans is a four-year senior on the team, playing under head coach John Beilein. It is the first time the men’s basketball team has been hit No. 1 in the polls since the 1992-93 season.

McLimans, a 2008 Hamburg High School graduate, who comes off the bench for the Wolverines, has played in 11 games, scoring 10 points, including knocking down a pair of threes, and grabbed nine rebounds. In three seasons of getting on the floor, the 6-foot-10 forward has compiled 64 points, eight threes, 50 rebounds, 17 blocks, six assists and four steals in 66 games played.

Hawks bounce back with AMCC win over Altoona

Five Hawks reached for double figures pushing Hilbert College to an 85-66 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win at Penn State Altoona in men’s basketball on Jan. 26. Hilbert, which lost 92-83 to Medaille three days earlier, improved to 9-4 in the league and 15-5 overall.

Dan McFarland was one assist away from a triple double in a performance which included 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Jerame Owens earned another double-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Hilbert. Trevor Stark added 14 points and Anthony Hodge chipped in 13, along with dishing eight assists.

Hilbert has a week off from games before they play their next contest Feb. 2 in Hamburg. Mount Aloysius makes an appearance in the Hafner Center for the first time this season, and the Hawks are looking for revenge, having dropped an 85-83 AMCC game Jan. 5. Mount Aloysius is currently in a four-way tie for first place, while Hilbert sits in fifth place with five games left before the playoffs start.

D’Youville Senozetnik earns AMCC Player of Week

D’Youville College senior Jay Senozetnik of Eden was named by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference as their men’s volleyball Player of the Week. In four matches at the season-opening SUNYIT Invitational, the Spartan’s setter dished 142 assists (9.47 per game) to go with 40 digs, 15 kills, 8 blocks, and 4 service aces.

The highlight of the D’Youville weekend at the SUNYIT Invitational was the Jan. 25 match against Sage College that saw the Spartans rally from a 2-1 game deficit to win in five sets. Senozetnik paced the D’Youville offense with 47 assists and chipped in eight digs, six kills and two service aces. The four-year starter continues to creep toward becoming the third D’Youville College men’s volleyball player in the program’s 17-year history to reach the career milestone of 3,000 assists. He’s 345 away.

D’Youville defeated Niagara College (Ontario) in five games (25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-11) in an exhibition match on Jan. 21 in the College Center Gym. Niagara College is ranked ninth nationally in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.

Senozetnik directed the D’Youville attack, dishing a match-high 43 assists while adding eight kills. Freshman Brett Cawthorn, a St. Francis High School graduate, collected a match-high 12 digs.

The next match for the Spartans is Thursday, Jan. 31 at home against Hilbert College with first serve at 7 p.m. in the College Center Gym.

Fredonia’s Warren selected Player of Week

Fredonia State junior forward Jaimie Warren of Lake View was named SUNYAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for games through Sunday (Jan. 27). Warren raised her scoring average to 13.2 points per game and improved her shooting accuracy to .497 from the field and .839 from the line after enjoying a 48-point weekend during Fredonia State’s two-game in two-day sweep. She also averaged nine rebounds in the two games.

On Saturday (Jan. 26), Fredonia, which is now 10-7 overall and 5-6 in SUNYAC play, downed Plattsburgh, 59-50, and then defeated Potsdam, 74-57, a day earlier. Warren, a Frontier High School graduate, recorded her third double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds in the game against Plattsburgh. She also led the Devils with four assists and four steals. Against Potsdam, Warren finished with a season-high 27 points, shooting 9 of 11 from the field and 9 of 11 from the free throw line. The forward leads the team in rebounding and is second in scoring.

Hilbert falls to Altoona

Penn State Altoona pulled away from Hilbert College to secure a 58-41 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference victory in women’s basketball on Jan. 26. Freshman Courtney Coots finished with a team-high nine points to lead Hilbert, which dropped to 1-12 overall. Sarah Lorusso of Hamburg led the Lady Hawks with seven rebounds while scoring seven points. Natalie Whitman chipped in eight points and Kateland Ball added seven points with four assists.

Alguire helps ECC women take second at Hawk Invite

The Erie Community College women’s bowling team took second in the Hawk Invitational on Jan. 20 at the Pin-O-Ramain Utica. The Kats men finished fifth. On the women’s side, freshman Liz Szpara was fifth at 1,505 in the singles competition and teamed with Alicia Alguire of Angola to finish second in doubles. Alguire, a Lake Shore High School graduate, took eighth overall. Highlights for the men included sophomore Aaron Buziak of Hamburg, a Frontier High School graduate, finishing 12th overall. The Kats will compete in the Mardi-Bob Invitational on Feb. 2 at Mardi-Bob Lanes in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

ECC wins 14th in a row

The Erie Community College men’s basketball team won its 14th straight game as the Kats handed Alfred State College a 79-41 loss Jan. 29 at the Flickinger Center. The Kats, the nation’s 14th-ranked team in Tuesday’s NJCAA Division II poll, are now 16-3 overall and 6-0 in Western New York Athletic Conference play.

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