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College Round-up: LIU’s Dobie selected NEC Player of the Week

By Dylan Butler

It’s been a long and arduous season for former McClancy standout Antawn Dobie and Monday, against Brooklyn rival St. Francis College, it finally came to an end as the Long Island University senior guard scored a team-high 26 points and had nine assists in his collegiate finale as the Blackbirds fell 108-94.

The Corona native was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the first time this season, the conference announced Monday. Dobie averaged 27.5 points, six assists and 4.5 steals to lead LIU in wins over Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson.

In a 99-94 victory over Sacred Heart, Dobie netted a season-high 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting and added five assists and six steals and three days later had 23 points, including 19 in the second half, seven assists and three steals in a 122-115 overtime win over FDU.

In just three seasons at LIU, Dobie finished 17th all-time in scoring with 1,131 points and fourth all-time with 304 assists. He also led the Blackbirds in scoring and assists in all three of his seasons.

In the season-ending loss to St. Francis College, former Forest Hills star Dewan Gary had eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in just 15 minutes. St. John’s Prep alum Keith Leslie added seven points for LIU, which finished the season with a 5-26 record.

York men and women fall at CUNY Indoor Track Champs

York’s Khari White was named the outstanding male performer at the seventh annual CUNY Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Armory Sunday but it wasn’t enough to lead the Cardinals to the crown as the undermanned York men finished fourth behind CCNY, New York City Tech and Medgar Evers.

White posted wins in the 1,500m (4:20.96), 5,000m (16:30.86) and the distance medley relay where his York contingent set a new meet record in 11:15.21. Teammate O’Neil Smiley captured three gold medals and White and Smiley also captured silver in the 4×400 relay.

Khan Marr won a gold with a time of 49.99 in the men’s 400 meters.

The York women took second place with 110 points, finishing behind three-time champion Lehman. The Cardinals had a clean sweep of the women’s 400 meters as Shakima Thomas took first in 58.06, Candace Mussenden finished second in 58.68 and Daphine Wilson placed third in 1:01.00.

Thomas also placed first in the women’s 800 meters in 2:23.96, a new CUNY indoor record, and won a third gold with teammates Mussenden, Wilson and Shanequa Sanders in the 4x400m relay in a CUNY record 3:57.44.

Baxter picks Columbia

Mike Baxter, a senior on the Archbishop Molloy baseball team, has committed to play at Columbia. The shortstop hit close to .400 last season as one of the lone junior starters. The Whitestone native chose Columbia over University of Richmond, St. John’s, Seton Hall, New York Tech and Pace.

SJU men finish fifth, women take 11th at Big East Swimming and Diving Championships

Led by a pair of second-place finishes, the St. John’s men’s swimming team finished in fifth place with 356 points while the women placed 11th at the Big East Swimming and Diving Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center Saturday.

The University of Pittsburgh captured the men’s title while Notre Dame cruised to its sixth consecutive women’s crown.

Jaak Savvi finished second in the 200-yard fly in 1:48.07 while Michal Szapiel broke his own school record in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:30.44.

Beth Malinowski was the top finisher for the St. John’s women, taking 20th place in the 1,650-freestyle in a time of 17:30.78.

Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 143.

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