NEW PALTZ – — On the eve of the Hawks’ semifinal game against fifth-seeded Brockport in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament, senior Ben Davey (Andover, NJ) was one of 15 players recognized by the league.
The 5-11 guard was an honorable mention selection on this year’s all-conference team. Davey has started all 26 games and is averaging a team-high 11.5 points per game. He also leads the team in assists (2.6 per game) and is shooting a team-best 42 percent (37-of-88) from three-point range.
Davey scored a game-high 16 points to lead the eighth-seeded Hawks to a 59-53 road win over regular season champion and top-seeded Potsdam in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night (Feb. 25). His performance sent New Paltz into the conference tournament semifinals for the first time since 1999, and sets up a date with the two-time defending league champion Golden Eagles (16-10) in the Utica Auditorium in Utica, NY on Friday night (Feb. 28) at 8 p.m.
New Paltz (10-16) defeated Brockport 85-82 in double overtime on Feb. 1 in Brockport, NY. A win over the Golden Eagles would put the Hawks in the conference championship game for the first time since 1996. The other semifinal game at the Utica Auditorium features second-seeded Oswego (17-8) against third-seeded Buffalo State (16-9) at 6 p.m.
The winners of the two semifinal contests will play for the league title on Saturday (Mar. 1) at 4 p.m. in the Utica Auditorium. The winner of the SUNYAC Tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.