Men's Basketball

Vikings Come Up Short Against Delhi

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, January 24, 2002

Despite Strong Second-Half Effort, Hudson Valley Falls, 74-61

Troy, N.Y., January 24, 2002 – After trailing SUNY Delhi by 10 points at halftime, Hudson Valley Community College's men's basketball team fought its way back into tonight's game midway through the second half. Hudson Valley's Joseph Bell (Albany H.S.) capped a 9-3 run by hitting a pair of free throws to tie the game at 49-49, but Delhi pulled away down the stretch and triumphed, 74-61, at Troy's McDonough Complex.

Hudson Valley also began the second half with an 18-11 tear, which was fueled by Jeremy Schneible (Greenwich H.S.)'s eight points.

The Vikings are now 9-8 overall. Delhi, ranked No. 4 in the nation among NJCAA Division III teams, is 16-1.

First-year guard Steve Valente (La Salle Institute) led the Vikings with 13 points. He was perfect from the field, hitting 5-of-5 shots, including three 3-point attempts. Schneible had 12 points and six rebounds. Jason McKinney (South Glens Falls H.S.) has seven points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.