SYRACUSE, NY. – January 6, 2009 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team returned to action for the first time in over three weeks on Monday and came away with a 79-70 non-conference victory over Columbia-Greene Community College. The Lazers, whose last game was a 78-56 win over Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology on December 14, won for their 5th time in 6 home starts, and improved their overall record to 6-7.
Monday’s contest was closely contested most of the way, as Onondaga held a slim 35-32 lead at the half. The Lazers held a 53-51 lead with 9:35 remaining when they went on a 10-0 run over the next three minutes, ignited by 6 points from Zach Chawgo (LaFayette). Columbia-Greene was able to get back to within 6 points in the final seconds, but Dave Foltz (Auburn) converted 4 straight free throws to help hold off the Twins. Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) led the Onondaga attack with a career high 25 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocked shots, and 4 steals. Eric Ball (Syracuse Bishop Grimes) added 17 points, while Chawgo and Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) had 14 points apiece. Jordan Barzee (Syracuse Christian Home School) handed out a team high 6 assists. Onondaga made 30 of 62 field goal attempts (48%), while Columbia-Greene connected on 31 of 76 (41%). The Lazers held a slim 43-40 rebounding advantage, but owned a substantial edge at the foul line, where they made 16 of 24 attempts, compared to only 3 of 7 for the Twins.
Onondaga returns to action on Thursday night, as they open Mid-State Athletic Conference play at home against Finger Lakes Community College. Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm.
Onondaga has also announced that the Lazers’ home contest scheduled for Monday, January 12, against Fulton Montgomery Community College has been postponed due to a death in the family of a member of the Fulton Montgomery coaching staff. The game will now be played on Monday, January 19, with a tentative start time of 3:00 pm.
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