SYRACUSE, NY. – January 25, 2009 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team picked up its 3rd Mid-State Athletic Conference victory of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Tompkins Cortland Community College, 90-80, at home. Tompkins Cortland had entered the contest leading the MSAC. With the win, Onondaga raised its overall record to 10-9, with a 3-2 mark in Mid-State play. Tompkins Cortland fell to 9-10, and dropped to 4-2 in the MSAC. The win was Onondaga’s 6th in their last 8 games.
Against Tompkins Cortland, a late 1st half spurt sent the Lazers to halftime with a 44-35 advantage. Onondaga maintained the lead throughout much of the second half, before Tompkins Cortland rallied to tie the game at 70-70 with just over 6 minutes remaining. After the teams traded baskets, Jordan Barzee (Syracuse Christian Home School) connected on a three-point goal to give Onondaga a 75-72 lead, and the Lazers outscored the Panthers, 18-8, down the stretch to secure the win. Jason Kondra (East Syracuse-Minoa) led 5 Onondaga double figure scorers with 25 points and also posted team highs of 9 assists and 5 steals. Eric Ball (Syracuse Bishop Grimes) and Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) added 13 points each, with Potter also pulling down 12 rebounds and blocking 4 shots. Brandon Haughton (Cicero-North Syracuse) had 12 points, while Barzee added 10. Guards Nate Foote (Norwich) and Dave Foltz (Auburn) handed out 7 and 6 assists respectively. Onondaga produced a strong defensive effort which limited Tompkins Cortland to only 31 of 90 shooting (34.4%), including only 6 of 33 (18.2%) from behind the three-point arc, and forced 23 Panther turnovers. The Lazers made 33 of 72 shots (45.8%). The Panthers stayed in the game largely on the strength of their 57-52 rebounding advantage, which included 32 offensive rebounds.
Onondaga was coming into the Tompkins Cortland game off of a 76-73 home loss to Jefferson Community College last Thursday. In that game, Onondaga held a 39-31 halftime lead, but Jefferson opened the second stanza on an 18-5 run, and the Lazers were never able to come all the way back, falling just short after misfiring on two three-point attempts on their final possession. Potter led the Lazers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ball added 14 points and Foltz tallied 11. Barzee handed out a team best 5 assists, and Zach Chawgo (LaFayette) scored 9 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and recorded 4 steals.
The Lazers return to action on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm at new Mid-State leader Finger Lakes Community College. The next home game is on Saturday at 3:00 pm against Cayuga Community College.
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