SYRACUSE, NY. – November 20, 2011 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2011-2012 season on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 73-72 home contest to defending National Junior College Athletic Association Region 3 champion SUNY Delhi. Onondaga led throughout the second half but was never able to put the Broncos away, and Ray Warren hit a three-pointer with 0.3 seconds to go to give Delhi the win. The Lazers fall to 4-1 on the season, while Delhi raises its record to 6-2.
Much of Saturday’s contest was an offensive struggle for both teams. The first half was closely contested throughout, with neither team able to gain an advantage of more than 4 points. Jesse Gates (Liverpool) connected on a three-point goal, and Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse) scored on a tip-in at the halftime buzzer to give Onondaga a 32-29 advantage at the break. Gates scored 18 of Onondaga’s 32 points in the opening half, and the Lazers led despite committing 16 first half turnovers. Delhi committed 12 turnovers in the opening half themselves, and both teams were cold from the floor, with Onondaga shooting only 37% from the floor in the opining half and Delhi connecting on only 31% of their attempts.
The Lazers opened the second half by holding the Broncos scoreless on their first 8 possessions of the second half, but were only able to extend the advantage to 36-29. Onondaga maintained the lead throughout the second session, and when Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth) made a pair of free throws Onondaga led 59-49 with 6:24 to go. Delhi responded with a 13-4 run, keyed by 4 Onondaga turnovers, and pulled to within 63-63 on a Jonathan Annan three-pointer with 3:22 to go. Jordan Prior (Cortland) responded with a three-pointer to put the Lazers back up 4, and when Prior hit a short jumper with 40.6 seconds left the Lazers led, 70-64. Stefan Bock then hit a three to bring Delhi to within 70-67. A pair of Prior free throws with 18.3 seconds to go extended the lead back to 5. Annan then hit another 3 to pull the Broncos to within 72-20 with 12.1 seconds remaining. After Onondaga turned the ball over on the subsequent inbounds, Warren hit his deciding three with 0.3 to go to give Delhi its only lead of the second half. Onondaga was unable to get a final shot off.
Gates led Onondaga with a game high 30 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. Prior added 16 points and 5 assists, and Corbin also hit double figures with 11 points. Annan scored 20 points to lead Delhi, with Warren adding 15. For the game, Onondaga outrebounded Delhi, 47-39, and held the Broncos to 35.5% shooting from the floor. The Lazers connected on 40.0% of their own shots, but committed 28 turnovers, compared to 15 for Delhi. The Lazers enjoyed a significant advantage at the foul line, converting 24 of 26 attempts compared to 9 of 18 for Delhi.
Onondaga returns to action on Tuesday evening, when the Lazers play Schenectady County Community College at the Schenectady YMCA. The next home contest will be on Wednesday, November 30th, when Onondaga tips off against Word of Life Bible Institute at 6:00 pm.
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