SYRACUSE, NY. - January 12, 2007 - The Onondaga Community College men's basketball team defeated Hudson Valley Community College, 85-82, at Hudson Valley on Wednesday evening. The non-conference win was Onondaga's 3rd straight and their 7th in the last 8 games. Onondaga now has an overall record of 9-4.
Hudson Valley started the game strong, jumping out to a 10-2 advantage. Onondaga rallied, however, and took their first lead at 25-24 with a Chris Vincent (Baldwinsville C.W. Baker) layup with 7:46 remaining in the first half. The Lazers led 49-43 at halftime, and extended their advantage to as 9 points, 70-61, with 9:15 remaining in the contest. Hudson Valley staged a rally of their own, however, and recaptured the lead at 79-78 on Justin Gallo three pointer with 2:20 remaining. The host Vikings held an 82-78 advantage when Steve Siechen (East Syracuse-Minoa) connected on a three-point goal with 23 seconds remaining to pull the Lazers within one. Onondaga then forced a Hudson Valley turnover, and Siechen converted a layup with 13 seconds left to put Onondaga back in front. After Hudson Valley's Ryan Luce missed a runner in the lane, Rich Buckmon (Syracuse Henninger) secured the rebound and made two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to provide the final margin.
Onondaga again received balanced scoring in the win. Siechen led the way with 19 points, while Danny Smith (Canastota) added 16 and Buckmon tallied 15. Justin Stern (Jamesville-DeWitt) also reached double figures with 12 points. Shane Williams (Camillus West Genesee) was Onondaga's top rebounder with 10, as the Lazers held a 46-40 rebounding advantage. Zack Thomsen (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) handed out 7 assists in the contest. The Lazers connected on 32 of 74 field goal attempts (43%) and made 13 of 14 free throws (93%). The Vikings were 32 of 71 (45%) from the floor and 8 of 14 (57%) from the line.
Onondaga travels to defending Mid-State Conference champion Finger Lakes Community College tomorrow (Saturday) at 3:00 pm. The next home game will be on Monday, January 15, as the Lazers host Tompkins-Cortland Community College in a 3:00 pm Martin Luther King Day game.
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