SYRACUSE, NY. – February 3, 2013 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team, playing for the first time in 6 days, went on the road Saturday afternoon and defeated Corning Community College, 93-86, in a Mid-State Athletic Conference contest. The win gave the Lazers a season sweep of the Red Barons and raised Onondaga’s record to 14-9 on the season and 4-4 in conference play. Corning fell to 6-17 overall and 3-5 in the MSAC.
The Lazers started very fast yesterday, scoring the game’s first 17 points on the way to a 21-2 early advantage. After Adam Misener (Liverpool) opened the scoring with a three-pointer, Vaughndell Brantley scored the next 12 points, connecting on 3 three-point goals and 3 free throws. Onondaga was able to maintain the double figure advantage for much of the first half, and still held a 19-point lead, at 38-19, with 8:56 to go in the first half. At that point, Corning began to respond. A 14-2 Red Baron run pulled the hosts to within 40-33 with just over 4 minutes to go in the first half. Onondaga regained their hot shooting hand, however, and closed the half on a 16-8 run, keyed by a pair of threes from Misener and another from Brantley. The Lazers led, 56-41, at the break on the strength of outstanding shooting, as Onondaga made 15 of 22 shots in the opening half, including 9 of 12 from behind the arc.
The early stages of the second half were marked by some sloppy play from both teams, as both committed several turnovers during the stretch. When Garrett Sisson (Mohonasen) scored in transition off of a feed from Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth), Onondaga’s lead stood at 69-55 with a little over 11 minutes left. Corning responded again, however, and when the Red Barons’ Will Griffin stole an errant Onondaga pass and scored to cap a 20-4 Corning run, the Red Barons had their first lead of the contest at 75-73 with 5:55 to go. The two teams then traded the advantage several times during the closing minutes, and when Griffin converted 1 of 2 free throws, the game was tied at 86 with 50 seconds remaining. Misener then gave Onondaga the lead for good, connecting on his 5th three-pointer of the contest with 40 seconds to go. Tyler Bliss (Liverpool) and Wood then both made 2 of 2 free throws to seal the win.
All five Onondaga starters scored in double figures, enabling the Lazers to overcome a brilliant 45-point, 9-rebound performance from Corning’s Griffin. Brantley led Onondaga with a very efficient 32 points on only 9 field goal attempts. He made 7 of 9 attempts from the floor, including 4 of 5 from behind the arc, and 14 of 17 free throw attempts. Bliss made 7 of 8 field goal attempts and 8 of 9 free throws in recording a double double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Misener added 17 points, including 5 three-point goals. Sisson, with 12 points, and Wood, with 10, also reached double figures. Wood also handed out a game high 12 assists. For the game, Onondaga connected on 27 of 46 field goal attempts (58.7%), including 11 of 22 from behind the arc. Corning had 40 more field goal attempts than the Lazers, but only made 36 of their 86 (41.9%), and only 3 of 26 from the arc. The Lazers made 28 of 33 (84.8%) free throws, while the Red Barons made 11 of 19 (57.9%). The hot shooting allowed Onondaga to overcome 29 turnovers and the disparity of 40 field goal attempts. Corning only committed 13 turnovers in the contest.
Onondaga will host a pair of Mid-State Athletic Conference contests in the upcoming week. On Tuesday, the Lazers will tip off against Broome Community College at 8 pm. Next Saturday, Jefferson Community College travels to Onondaga for a 3 pm start. Both contests will be played in Allyn Hall.
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