SYRACUSE, NY. – November 6, 2011 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team opened their 2011-2012 season with a 98-84 non-conference home win over Northampton Community College of Bethlehem, PA, on Saturday afternoon. Northampton entered the game ranked #12 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III pre-season poll.
After Onondaga and Northampton traded opening baskets, the Lazers went on a 9-0 run, capped by a Tom Graf (Jordan-Elbridge) three-pointer to take an early 11-2 lead, just over two minutes into the contest. Onondaga still led by 9 at 33-24, when the visiting Spartans began to rally. Northampton’s Nick Nickle scored off of a Lazer turnover with 3:52 to go in the opening half to cap a 12-2 Spartan run and give the guests their first lead of the game. With Northampton’s lead at 43-40, Onondaga responded by scoring the final 7 points of the first half, giving the Lazers a 47-43 lead at the break.
Onondaga maintained their momentum at the start of the second stanza. Keyed by three-point goals from Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) and Jordan Prior (Cortland), the Lazers opened the half by outscoring Northampton 16-4 over the first 3:35 to take a 63-47 lead. Onondaga’s lead grew to as much as 19 points in the second half, and Northampton was unable to pull any closer than 9.
Prior led the Onondaga attack with a career best 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting, and he also handed out 9 assists. Seibt added 21 points, and Jesse Gates (Liverpool) recorded a double double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jaylonn Tullis led Northampton with 25 points, followed by Ralph Padilla and Nickle with 18 and 13 respectively. Onondaga held a commanding 62-40 rebounding advantage and shot 46.8% from the field, compared to 38.1% shooting from the Spartans.
The Lazers will return to action on Wednesday evening with a 7:00 pm home contest against the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. ESF basketball is in its second year of existence, and the game will be the first ever between the two Syracuse schools. The Mighty Oaks are coached by Scott Blair, who was an Onondaga assistant during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons.
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