SYRACUSE, NY. – February 16, 2011 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team closed out the 2010-2011 regular season with a 103-95 Mid-State Athletic Conference victory at Tompkins Cortland Community College on Tuesday night. The win was Onondaga’s 20th on the season, the 5th time that the Lazers have hit the 20-win plateau under head coach David Pasiak (Waterville). Onondaga, 20-8 on the season and 9-3 in MSAC play, now prepares for the MSAC Championship Tournament this weekend at Finger Lakes Community College. The Lazers are the #2 seed, and will face #3 Broome Community College on Saturday at 1:00 pm. Top seed Finger Lakes will face #4 Jefferson Community College in the second semi-final at 3:00 pm. Saturday’s winners will meet for the conference championship Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm, also at Finger Lakes.
At Tompkins Cortland on Tuesday, the Lazers and the Panthers battled on even terms for most of the first half. Tompkins Cortland held a 44-42 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining when Onondaga went on a 7-0 run to close the half and take a 49-44 lead into the break. The run continued at the start of the second half, as the Lazers extended the advantage to 10, 57-47, 2 minutes in. Onondaga’s lead grew to as much as 13 with 9:32 left. Tompkins Cortland was able to close to as close as 3, but never caught the Lazers in the second half.
Andrew Lucio (Solvay) paced Onondaga with a career high 31 points on 9 of 13 shooting, including making 7 of 10 from behind the three-point arc. Jesse Gates (Liverpool) nearly had a triple double, as he totaled 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists. Heath Stone (Chittenango) and Drew Nixon (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker) both chipped in 12 points, with Nixon also pulling down 9 rebounds. Onondaga connected on 46.1% of their field goal attempts, including making 14 of 30 from behind the arc. Tompkins Cortland shot 40.5% from the floor. The Lazers held a 51-48 rebounding advantage, and took advantage of a huge disparity in bench production,
Following this weekend’s MSAC Tournament, the Lazers will wait to learn their seeding for the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Tournament. Seeds and pairings will be announced on Sunday evening.
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