SYRACUSE, NY. – January 13, 2008 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team defeated neighboring Cayuga Community College, 96-56, yesterday afternoon. The game was the first home Mid-State Athletic Conference contest for the Lazers, and evened their conference record at 1-1. Onondaga had begun defense of its Mid-State championship with a 91-67 loss at Finger Lakes community College on Thursday. Onondaga is now 11-4 overall on the season.
With Onondaga leading 9-6 early in the going yesterday, the Lazers went on a 17-0 run to open up a 20 point advantage midway through the first half. Cayuga never got closer than 14 the rest of the way, and Onondaga extended their advantage to as much as 45 points in the second half. Zack Thomsen (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) scored 14 of his team high 20 points in the first half of the game, as all 16 Lazers who dressed for the game played significant minutes. Kevin Barrett (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) added 18 points, and Chris Vincent (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker also reached double figures with 12. Shane Williams (Camillus West Genesee) pulled down a team high 12 rebounds, and Luke Schrader (Herkimer) handed out 5 assists. Onondaga made 36 of 68 shots (52%), while limiting Cayuga to 19 of 63 (30%) shooting. Onondaga also owned a commanding 58-26 rebounding advantage.
In last Thursday’s contest at Finger Lakes, the Lazers fell behind by 10 at the half and never got closer than 6 in the second stanza. Onondaga was victimized by cold shooting, making only 26 of 76 shots (34%), while the host Lakers made 39 of their 63 attempts (62%). Finger Lakes also held a 46-37 rebounding advantage. Thomsen led Onondaga with 15 points and 5 assists, while Pete Byrne (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) and Vincent scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) also handed out 5 assists and Williams was the top rebounder with 9.
Onondaga returns to action on Thursday night with an 8:00 pm Mid-State contest at Corning Community College. That will be the first of 3 games in a 5 day stretch for the Lazers, as they will then host Broome Community College at 3:00 pm on Saturday and travel to North Country Community College for a 3:00 pm non-conference game on Martin Luther King Day.
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