SYRACUSE, NY. – January 18, 2011 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team captured an 83-72 non-conference road win at Adirondack Community College on Monday afternoon. The win comes after the Lazers split a pair of Mid-State Athletic Conference contests last Thursday and Saturday, winning 82-63 on Thursday against Corning Community College and falling, 101-77, at Broome Community College on Saturday. The Lazers now have an overall record of 13-6 on the season, and a 2-2 mark in Mid-State Athletic Conference play.
In yesterday’s contest at Adirondack, the Lazers started fast, jumping out to a 30-17 lead 12 minutes into the contest. The Timberwolves responded, however, outscoring Onondaga, 30-11 over the final 8 minutes of the first half to take a 47-41 lead into halftime, despite 23 first-half points from Onondaga’s Jesse Gates (Liverpool). Onondaga opened the second half by holding the hosts scoreless over the first 8 minutes, triggering a 30-4 run which gave the Lazers a 71-51 lead with 8 minutes to go in the contest. Onondaga maintained the lead the rest of the way, as Adirondack never got closer than the final margin. Gates led the Onondaga attack with 33 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Onondaga forwards Heath Stone (Liverpool) and Jake Johnson (Tully) both recorded double doubles. Stone scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Johnson added 11 points and a team best 15 boards. Andrew Lucio handed out a season high 13 assists. For the game the Lazers owned a 54-31 rebounding advantage and held the Timberwolves to 38.8% shooting from the floor while connecting on 43.8% of their own shots.
Last Thursday, the Lazers again rode a strong rebounding effort and solid defense to the victory over Corning. Onondaga jumped out to a 44-25 halftime advantage and Corning never got close in the second half. The Red Barons shot only 33.3% from the floor, and Onondaga owned a 62-35 rebounding advantage. Gates again led the Lazers with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) added 15 points. Stone recorded another double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Lucio added 13 points and 6 assists.
On Saturday at Broome, the Lazers committed 13 first half turnovers in falling way behind the Hornets, 50-30 at halftime. Onondaga was able to get no closer than 16 in the second stanza. The Lazers ended the game with 23 turnovers, and Broome enjoyed a significant advantage at the foul line, converting on 28 of 36 attempts, compared to only 8 of 9 for the Lazers. Stone led Onondaga with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Gates added 15 points and Jordan Prior (Cortland) chipped in with 10 points.
Onondaga returns to Mid-State Athletic Conference play on Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm, when they travel to MSAC leading Jefferson Community College. The Lazers will return home to play Tompkins Cortland Community College on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm.
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