SYRACUSE, NY. – January 27, 2008 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team gave another strong defensive effort in capturing yesterday’s Mid-State Athletic Conference game at Tompkins Cortland Community College, 79-52. The Lazers now own a conference record of 5-1, and an overall of 15-5, and remain tied for first place in the conference with Finger Lakes Community College. Yesterday’s win also ensured that Onondaga will finish with its 7th consecutive winning record.
After falling behind 5-0 at the onset yesterday, Onondaga went on a 16-2 run to take control of the game. The Lazers extended the advantage to 37-24 at the half, and led by as much as 30 in the second stanza. Onondaga’s defense limited Tompkins Cortland to 18 of 71 shooting (25%) for the game, forced 13 Panther turnovers, and owned a 62-42 rebounding advantage. The Lazers held the Panthers 29 points under their season scoring average, the second consecutive game that Onondaga has held a team at least 25 points below their average. Onondaga again received balanced scoring, as four Lazers reached double figures, led by Zack Thomsen (New Berlin Unadilla Valley), who scored 21 points and handed out 5 assists. Shane Williams (Camillus West Genesee) and Kevin Barrett (Syracuse Bishop Ludden) both recorded double doubles, as Williams cored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Barrett added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Vincent (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker) added 10 points and Barrett handed out a team high 7 assists.
Onondaga’s next game is a first place showdown with Mid-State co-leader Finger Lakes, at home on Wednesday at 8:00 pm. Both teams enter the contest at 5-1 in the conference. Finger Lakes won the first meeting between the two schools, 91-67, in Canandaigua on January 10.
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