SYRACUSE, NY. – December 3, 2010 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team picked up an 89-60 victory over Word of Life Bible Institute at home on Wednesday evening. The game is believed to be the first meeting ever between the two schools. The win was the Lazers’ 5th straight, and raised their overall record to 6-2 on the season.
Word of Life started quickly, moving out to a 17-10 advantage midway through the first half. The Lazers responded with a 21-2 run over 7 minutes to move in front, 31-19, with just over 3 minutes to go in the half. Onondaga extended the advantage to 39-24 at the half and pulled away in the second stanza.
All 15 Onondaga players played at least 8 minutes in the contest, with 14 of them finding the scoring column. Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse) led the balanced Lazer attack with 11 points, while Jordan Prior (Cortland) and Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) added 10 each. Heath Stone (Chittenango) pulled down a team best 8 rebounds, while Andrew Lucio (Solvay) handed out 8 assists. Steve Lothridge (East Syracuse-Minoa) tied a school record with 6 blocked shots in the game. He now shares the mark with Kevin Barrett (Syracuse Bishop Ludden), who recorded 6 blocks against Cayuga Community College on February 15, 2005, and Matt Potter (New Berlin Unadilla Valley), who did the same on December 3, 2008, against Mohawk Valley Community College.
A strong defensive effort was a key to Onondaga’s victory. The Lazers held Word of Life to 26.3% shooting from the floor and forced 21 Huskies turnovers. Onondaga also held a 59-50 rebounding advantage. The Lazers shot 48.2% from the floor themselves, and recorded assists on 32 of 41 field goals. The Onondaga bench outscored the Word of Life bench, 55-12.
Onondaga goes on the road this weekend for a pair of games. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Lazers will take on Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh at 4:00 pm. On Sunday, the Lazers will go to Saranac Lake for a 12:00 noon tip-off against North Country Community College. Onondaga returns home to host the 2010 Onondaga Community College Classic on Saturday and Sunday, December 11, and 12.
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