SYRACUSE, NY. – February 17, 2010 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team came from behind on Tuesday night to post a 92-89 upset over Tompkins Cortland Community College, the Mid-State Athletic Conference regular season champion and the #9 team in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll. The win was Onondaga’s 4th in a row and clinched the #3 seed for the Lazers in this weekend’s Mid-State Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Onondaga has qualified for post-season play, the longest streak of any MSAC school. Onondaga closes the regular season with an overall record of 10-18, and a MSAC record of 6-6, having defeated each of the other conference members once.
Onondaga fell behind early against Tompkins Cortland, trailing by as much as 9 in the first half and 8 at the break. The visiting Panthers then scored the first 5 points of the second half before the Lazers began to mount their comeback. Tompkins Cortland still held an 86-77 lead with 2:39 to go, but Onondaga went on a 13-3 run and finally captured the lead on a pair of Nate Foote (Norwich) free throws with 41 seconds to go. After getting a defensive stop, Dave Foltz (Auburn) added 2 free throws with 21 seconds to go, then Tompkins Cortland misfired on three different three-point attempts on its final possession, enabling the Lazers to come away with the win. Foltz led six double figure scorers for the Lazers, as he scored 18 points and handed out a team high 5 assists. Foote added 16 points and Heath Stone (Chittenango) had a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jacob Johnson (Tully) added 12 points, while Brad Romancik (LaFayette) and Zach Chawgo (LaFayette) scored 11 points each. The game also marked the final regular season appearance for second year Onondaga players Foltz, Foote, Romancik, Chawgo, Josh Kennedy (Chittenango), and Dan Mabbett (Mohawk Jarvis).
Onondaga will now face #2 seed Broome Community College in the first semi-final of the Mid-State Athletic Conference Tournament this Saturday at 2:00 pm at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Host and top seed Tompkins Cortland will then face #4 seed Finger Lakes Community College in the second semi-final. Saturday’s two winners will square off for the conference championship on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm, also at Tompkins Cortland.
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