SYRACUSE, NY. – November 29, 2012 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team showed little rust in their first game back from the Thanksgiving break, posting a 139-98 win over Word of Life Bible Institute of Pottersville, NY, Wednesday night in Allyn Hall. The win raised the Lazers’ overall record to 5-3 on the season. Onondaga has a perfect 4-0 mark at home thus far. The 139-point output was the highest scoring output by an Onondaga team since the Lazers scored 140 points against Broome Community College in January of 2001. Word of Life saw their record drop to 1-5 on the season.
Onondaga started fast last night, scoring the first 11 points of the contest. Ben Honahan (Malone Franklin Academy) made his first collegiate start and bookended the run with a pair of three-point goals. After Word of Life’s Alan Lebel broke the ice for the Huskies with a three-pointer and Uriah Harvey followed with a score, the Huskies had narrowed the gap to 11-5. That was as close as Word of Life would get, however, as Onondaga responded with a 9-2 run to open a 20-7 lead 5 minutes into the contest. Onondaga continued to extend the advantage throughout much of the first half, and when David Haye (Spring Valley Ramapo) connected on a three-point goal with 4:32 to go in the half, the Lazers had extended their lead to 59-30. Word of Life’s Brooks Weygandt then scored 15 of the final 17 points of the half for the Huskies, narrowing the Onondaga lead to 67-47 at the break.
Word of Life scored on their first two possessions of the second half to narrow the Onondaga lead to 67-51, but the Lazers responded with a 16-2 run to take the lead to 30 at 83-53 with 14:22 to go in the contest. Onondaga continued to build on their lead throughout the remainder of the contest while receiving balanced scoring from the entire roster. All 14 Onondaga players that dressed for the game scored at least 4 points, and everyone played at least 9 minutes.
Vaughndell Brantley (Cicero-North Syracuse) was tops among 7 double figure scorers for the Lazers, tallying 17 points in 16 minutes of playing time. Robbie Cooper (Port Byron Dana L. West) added 14 points and 4 rebounds, while Garrett Sisson (Schenectady Mohonasen) chipped in with 13 points and a team best 6 rebounds. Kyler Brown (Weedsport) posted his career high as a Lazer with 12 points, with Haye also scoring 12. Honahan recorded 11 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals and Jacob VanDusen also tallied 11 points. Mike Granato (Auburn) handed out a career best 15 assists against only 1 turnover, as the Lazers recorded 44 assists on their 55 field goals. Weygandt paced Word of Life with a game high 31 points, while Harvey added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Mike Duma recorded 16 points and 10 assists for the Huskies.
Onondaga connected on 55 of 98 shots (56.1%) in the contest, including 12 of 22 from behind the three-point arc. The Lazers also made 17 of 24 free throw attempts. Word of Life made 36 of 72 (46.2%) from the floor, 11 of 33 from three-point range, and 15 of 20 from the foul line, Onondaga held a 48-45 rebounding advantage and forced 34 Word of Life turnovers while only committing 14 themselves.
Onondaga returns to action this weekend with road contests at Clinton Community College and North Country Community College. The Lazers will tip off at Clinton on Saturday at 4pm, and at North Country on Sunday at 3 pm. Onondaga returns home on Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th, when the Lazers host the 2012 Onondaga Community College Classic in the SRC Arena and Events Center and Allyn Hall.
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