SYRACUSE, NY. – January 19, 2010 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team traveled to Hudson yesterday and defeated Columbia-Greene Community College, 78-67, in a non-conference matchup on Martin Luther King Day. The win broke a three game losing skid, and raised the Lazers’ overall record to 5-14.
Onondaga shot 65% from the floor in the first half against Columbia-Greene, including connecting on 8 of 12 three-point attempts. That allowed the Lazers to open up a 49-28 halftime advantage. Onondaga extended the lead to as much as 25 in the second half, before the host Twins began to rally. Columbia-Greene was never able to get closer than 9 points, however, as Onondaga hung on. All 10 Lazers who dressed for the game scored, led by Nate Foote (Norwich), who dropped in 14 points. Brad Romancik (LaFayette) added 13 and Zach Chawgo (LaFayette) also reached double figures with 10 points, all in the first half. Chawgo was Onondaga’s leading rebounder with 11, while Romancik handed out 6 assists.
Onondaga entered yesterday’s game off of a frustrating week which had seen the Lazers drop 3 games, 2 of them in overtime and the third on their home court. Last Monday, Onondaga trailed by as much as 20 before rallying to force overtime, but ultimately dropped a 75-67 decision to Fulton Montgomery Community College. Last Thursday, the Lazers returned to Mid-State Athletic conference action at Corning Community College and again fell in overtime, this time 83-79. Romancik scored 23 points and made 2 three-pointers in the final 16 seconds of regulation to force the overtime. Jake Johnson (Tully) added a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. On Saturday, Onondaga returned home, but dropped an 88-75 decision to Broome Community College. Chawgo and Dave Foltz (Auburn) were Onondaga’s only double figure scorers with 15 each.
Onondaga now goes on the road for a pair of Mid-State Athletic Conference contests later this week. On Wednesday, the Lazers will tip off at Jefferson Community College at 8 pm. The on Saturday, Onondaga will play at Mid-State leading Tompkins Cortland Community College, who is ranked #10 in the country in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association national poll. Tip off for that game is set for 1 pm.
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