SYRACUSE, NY. – January 16, 2012 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team dropped a pair of close decisions over the weekend, falling 104-96 in a Mid-State Athletic Conference game at Corning Community College on Saturday afternoon, then coming up short in a home non-conference game against SUNY Adirondack on Sunday, 81-74. Following the weekend Onondaga’s record now stands at 10-8 on the season and 1-1 in MSAC play.
At Corning on Saturday the Lazers dug a big hole early and were never able to climb all the way out. The host Red Barons took advantage of some cold shooting and sloppy play to open up a 29-12 lead with just over 6 minutes to play in the first half. At that point the Lazers staged a strong rally, closing to within 1 point late in the opening half, before going to the locker room trailing 39-34. Corning quickly established control again early in the second half, and built the lead back to as much as 16 before the Lazers again staged a rally. Onondaga closed to within 3 on a pair of free throws by Jesse Gates (Liverpool) with 2:26 to go, but Corning was able to hold on to the lead the rest of the way. Gates led the Lazers with 24 points and 11 rebounds and Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth) handed out 6 assists. Jarryd Johnson paced Corning with 29 points and Jacob Kleya added 24. The game was somewhat sloppy throughout, as the two teams combined to commit 67 turnovers and 49 fouls.
Sunday’s game against SUNY Adirondack again saw the Lazers play from behind most of the way, but this time from a smaller deficit. Onondaga fell behind by 10 points midway through the opening half, but a 3-pointer by Adam Misener (Liverpool) gave Onondaga its only lead of the first half, 31-30, as the teams went to the locker room. In the second half, Adirondack regained the lead for good, 37-36, on a three-pointer by Maxx Sweet with 15:42 to go, and held off Onondaga the rest of the way. Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) was Onondaga’s only double figure scorer with 26 points. Garrett Sisson (Schenectady Mohonasen) was the Lazers’ top rebounder with 6 and Wood handed out 5 assists. John Joseph and Chris Coughlan topped a balanced Adirondack attack with 17 and 16 points respectively, as 6 Timberwolves reached double figures. Both teams suffered from cold shooting, as Adirondack made 38.3% of its field goal attempts while Onondaga connected on only 31.8% of their attempts. The Timberwolves held a 46-39 rebounding advantage.
The Lazers have three Mid-State Athletic Conference games this week. Onondaga hosts Broome Community College on Tuesday evening at 8 pm, then travels to Jefferson Community College on Thursday evening and Tompkins Cortland Community College on Saturday afternoon.
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