Tough day for local colleges in D2, D3 NCAA Tournament

The LeMoyne Dolphins played in their first Divison II Basketball Tournament game since 1997 Saturday. However, their appearance would be cut short as they were defeated by Saint Anselm 73-62. Nate Champion led the Dolphins offense with 17 points and 5 assists while Qwadere Lovell added 14 points. Roy Mabrey led Saint Anselm with 26 points. LeMoyne finished the season with a 17-12 record.

In Division III action, the Morrisville Mustangs made their first-ever Elite 8 appearance in the Division III tournament, but fell 84-74 to Amherst. The Mustangs battled, trailing by 10 at the half, then got to within nine late in the second half but could not pull through. Jordan Prior finished with 20 points, while Jailaan Kinsey chipped in 18 of his own. Morrisville finishes the season with a 22-9 record.

The Ithaca College women's squad's hopes for a Division III Final Four appearence were dashed in a tight battle with Tufts, falling 61-59. The Bombers made a rally in the closing minutes to make it close, but a last second shot to force overtime was no good. Kathryn Campbell scored a game-high 21 points, hitting five threes. Mary Kate Tierney scored 16 points, hitting four threes of her own. The Bombers finish with a 26-5 record.