Hamilton's Pat Sullivan (Madison, Jr.) has come alive with the turning of the calendar. The Continentals split two games on their western road swing, losing to West Coast Baptist, 77-74, before bouncing back with a 73-69 win over Whittier. Sullivan, a Delbarton product, recorded team highs in points (17) and rebounds (9) in the defeat. He knocked down seven of 16 attempts from the field, making his lone 3-point try, and two of six from the foul line. He carried the team in the Whittier win, scoring a game-high 28 points, accompanied by a game-high 11 caroms. He shot 9-for-14 from the field (1-for-2 from R.M Nixon's old dorm room) and 9-for-15 from the foul line. Back in the eastern time zone, Hamilton lost to Hobart, 65-62, in Geneva, N.Y. on Saturday, with Sullivan accounting for game highs in points (18) and rebounds (10). Although his accuracy from the floor (6-for-18, 1-for-3 from downtown) was a bit shaky, he was deadly (5-for-5) at the foul line. The Continentals are now 6-4 overall and 0-1 in the Liberty League.
King's College's Kevin Conroy (Chatham, Sr.) paid a visit to the region last Saturday and helped the Monarchs down FDU-Florham, 76-66, in Madison. Conroy, a Chatham High alum, scored 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor and 2-for-3 from the foul line. King's lifted its record to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in Freedom Conference play.
Middlebury remained undefeated and improved to 11-0 with four victories over a recent 6-day span. The Panthers began the skein with an 88-82 win over SUNY-Plattsburgh last Tuesday, as Joey Kizel (Short Hills, Fr.) came off the bench to dish out 10 assists and score nine points on 2-for-2 from the floor (including a 3-pointer) and 4-for-4 on free throws. Kizel, a Millburn High grad, was again perfect from the floor in Thursday's 80-54 thrashing of Colby-Sawyer on the road. He tallied 12 points, nailing a pair from close range, one from downtown and five of seven from the foul line. On Saturday, the Panthers hosted Skidmore, whom they treated to an 85-72 defeat as Kizel chipped in eight points (2-for-4 from the floor, 4-for-9 at the line). He also grabbed seven rebounds in this contest. Sunday saw Middlebury rough up visiting Lyndon State, 87-50, with Kizel getting a start. Ironically, he was less effective in this role, scoring just three points, although he treated his teammates with three assists.
Catholic University lost a pair of close ones last weekend, although Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, Sr.) continued to post big numbers. The Seton Hall Prep grad was the leading scorer in Friday's 55-54 road loss to Juniata with 20 points. He shot 8-for-14 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from downtown, and 2-for-3 from the foul line. He also grabbed six rebounds. The Cardinals (10-4, 1-2 Landmark Conference) then lost an 83-81 heartbreaker in overtime at Susquehanna on Saturday. Banzhaf hoisted 16 field goal attempts and made eight (including one of three from 3-point range) for 17 points. His 11 boards were high for the game and he earned credit for four distributions and two steals.
All hands were on deck for Ithaca's 104-51 blowout win over Alfred at home on Friday, including Jordan Healey (Summit, Soph.). The 6-2 guard out of Summit High selflessly fed his teammates during his 9-minute stint on the floor, taking no shots, but assisting on two buckets and coming down with five boards. The winning Bombers are now 10-2 overall and 3-8 in the Empire 8.
Tom Bonard (Westfield, Sr.) scored seven points to help Montclair State defeat SUNY-New Paltz, 88-76, at home last Wednesday. Bonard, a Westfield High grad, shot 3-for-5 from the field, including 1-for-3 from long range. He also had three assists before fouling out. The Red Hawks then lost to New Jersey Athletic Conference rivals, Kean, 75-63, on Saturday and Ramapo, 75-66, on Monday. Bonard had eight points and five rebounds at Kean, where he made three of 11 field goal attempts (two of eight on 3-point tries), followed by six points at home against Ramapo. He hit on two of five shots from the floor (one of three from bonus land) and one of two free throws. Montclair is now 12-4 overall and 2-2 in the NJAC.
Steve Siracusa (New Providence, Sr.) scored 17 points but that wasn't enough to keep The College of New Jersey from suffering a 71-69 defeat at the hands of New Jersey City in Ewing on Saturday. Siracusa shot 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from the foul line. His seven caroms were high for the Lions. Dan Bucher (New Providence, Jr.) took no shots in eight minutes on the court, but did attract four rebounds. TCNJ dropped to 3-11 overall and 0-4 in the NJAC with the defeat.
Lafayette (5-11, 0-1 Patriot League) lost a pair of close ones last week, first to Columbia,76-73, at home on Wednesday, and then on the road at Holy Cross, 70-65, on Saturday. Guard Rob Delaney (Westfield, Jr.) was good for eight points and two assists in 16 minutes off the bench in the Columbia loss. He tossed in three of six from the floor, including two of three from the Crayola factory. The Holy Cross loss found Delaney in the starting lineup, which resulted in six points, four rebounds and two assists.
Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, Soph.) shot 50 percent across the board in Middlebury's 70-61 road victory over SUNY-Plattsburgh last Tuesday. The Villa Walsh product notched eight points on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor (1-for-2 from downtown) and 1-for-2 from the foul line. She also had three rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes of play. Borsinger then hit double figures with 14 points in Saturday's 73-56 win over Skidmore at home. She made five of 11 shots from the floor and converted all four free throws afforded her. She also had three rebounds and three assists. The Panthers (9-1) then pummeled Lyndon State, 84-63, at home on Sunday with Borsinger scoring 12 points and grabbing nine caroms. She shot 5-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the foul line.
Connecticut College has been putting Jeanna Dunleavy (Chatham, Soph.) to good use lately. The Chatham High grad grabbed 11 rebounds in last Tuesday's 71-70 road win over NYU. She assisted on three buckets and chipped in six points, connecting on two of seven field goal attempts and two of five free throws. The Camels then knocked off visiting Eastern Nazarene, 65-60, at home on Thursday, as Dunleavy converted all four of her free throws to go with a field goal for six points. She also had four rebounds in this victory. ConnColl (7-6) then downed Johnson & Wales, 61-40, at home on Saturday. Dunleavy left the scoring to her teammates, racking up five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Caroline Murphy (Chatham, Fr.) was in for only seven minutes of Gettysburg's 66-48 home victory over Washington (Md.), but she recorded an impressive six rebounds in that short span, along with one blocked shot. The six caroms were high for the Bullets, who are now 8-3 overall and 3-3 in Centennial Conference action.
The 73-28 drubbing suffered by FDU-Florham at the hands of Ramapo at home in Madison on Saturday wasn't pretty, but Lynn Lopez (New Providence, Sr.) finished the game as co-high scorer for the Devils with six points. She shot 2-for-6, all from downtown. The Devils are now 6-7.
Colby's Matt Rappaport (Livingston, Jr.) scored his first goal of the season in the Mules' 5-2 road loss to St. Michael's on Friday. Rappaport, a graduate of the Berkshire School, earned an assist in Saturday's 7-2 loss to Norwich on the winner's ice. Colby is now 2-8-1.