SYRACUSE, NY. – November 8, 2012 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team opened the home portion of the 2012-2013 season with a 102-63 victory over the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on Wednesday night. The contest was played in the SRC Arena and Events Center on the Onondaga campus, and marked the second meeting between the two Syracuse colleges. The ESF program is in its 3rd year of existence, and its 1st as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Onondaga had also captured the inaugural meeting between the schools last season.
Onondaga jumped out to an early 14-4 advantage Wednesday night, but the visiting Mighty Oaks quickly settled down, and kept the margin below 10 for much of the opening half. ESF’s Josh Puzan scored with 5:48 to go in the opening half to make the score 31-23. At that point Onondaga’s David Haye (Spring Valley Ramapo) scored 7 straight points to ignite a 14-2 Lazer run which extended the Onondaga lead to 45-25. When Malik Mountain (Nedrow Onondaga) beat the halftime buzzer the Lazers went to the break with a 53-30 advantage. Onondaga was able to gradually extend the lead throughout the second half, as every Lazer that dressed for the game played between 8 and 20 minutes.
Haye led the Lazers in scoring for the 3rd straight game, scoring all of his game high 15 points in the first half. Tyler Bliss (Liverpool) added 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Vaughndell Brantley (Cicero-North Syracuse) and Zachary Loura (Fulton G. Ray Bodley) chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. Garrett Sisson (Rotterdam Mohonasen) pulled down a team high 13 rebounds, while freshmen guards Benjamin Honahan (Malone Franklin Academy) and Michael Granato (Auburn) each handed out 7 assists. Puzan led ESF with 14 points and Brett Zimmerman added 11. The Lazers held the Mighty Oaks to 28% (23 of 82) shooting in the contest, forced 20 ESF turnovers, and held a 65-49 rebounding advantage. Onondaga shot 45.5% (40 of 88) from the floor themselves.
The Lazers return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they host NJCAA Division II (athletic scholarship granting) Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus County. Tip-off is set for 3:00 pm in Allyn Hall.
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