SYRACUSE, NY. – January 11, 2012 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team opened Mid-State Athletic Conference play on Tuesday night and came away with a 90-79 home victory over Cayuga Community College. The win raised the Lazers’ overall record to 10-6. Cayuga dropped to 4-10 on the season and 0-1 in MSAC play.
The Lazers led from start to finish on Tuesday. Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) scored 10 straight points midway through the opening session and 21 total in the first half, keying a Lazer run that saw the Lazers take a 39-19 lead on a Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse) basket with 4:33 to go in the opening half. With Onondaga saddled with significant foul trouble, the Spartans were able to narrow the gap to 45-31 at the halftime break.
Cayuga regrouped in the second half behind the play of post player Donald Lawes. Lawes scored 14 of his team best 22 points in the second session, and when Travis Bailey scored with 11:08 to go, the Spartans had trimmed the deficit to 62-59. After the teams traded back and forth several times, the Lazers responded with a 12-3 run to regain control of the contest and build the lead back to 80-68 with 3:03 to go. Onondaga then held off the Spartans in the final minutes to secure the victory.
Seibt ended with a game high 26 points to pace the Lazers. He received support from a balanced attack, with Corbin adding 16, Jesse Gates (Liverpool) chipping in 11, and Steve Lothridge (East Syracuse-Minoa) and Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth) tallying 10 points each. Gates pulled down a team best 8 rebounds, while Corbin handed out 5 assists. Lawes led Cayuga with 22 points, with Mikquan Donerlson and Shaquille Holley scoring 14 and 13 points respectively. Onondaga shot 45.8% from the floor in the contest, with Cayuga connecting on 42.7% of their shots. Both teams turned the ball over 25 times, and Onondaga owned a 49-45 rebounding advantage.
The Lazers will begin a stretch of 5 games in 8 days this Saturday when they will travel to Corning Community College for a 3:00 pm Mid-State Athletic Conference tip-off. They will then turn around on Sunday and host Adirondack Community College in a 2:00 pm non-conference tilt. That will be followed next week by MSAC contests against Broome Community College on Tuesday, at Jefferson Community College next Thursday, and at Tompkins Cortland Community College next Saturday.
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