SYRACUSE, NY. – January 28, 2007 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team defeated Broome Community College, 117-114, at home yesterday afternoon. Broome entered the contest undefeated in Mid-State Athletic Conference play, having won all 6 of its previous conference games. The Lazers now own a 5-1 Mid-State mark, and have climbed to within 1/2 game of the Hornets. Onondaga now has an overall record of 13-5, and has won 11 of its last 13 contests.
Onondaga closed the first half on a 10-0 run to open up a little breathing space in a tightly contested half. The Lazers maintained their lead throughout the second half, although Broome was able to get within three points late in the contest. Onondaga placed six players in double figures, le by Rich Buckmon (Syracuse Henninger), who made 12 of 18 shots on the way to 28 points. Danny Smith (Canastota) had a double double, as he scored 21 points and handed out 11 assists. Justin Stern (Jamesville-DeWitt) and Steve Siechen (East Syracuse-Minoa) both added 17 points, with Stern also handing out 9 assists. Shane Williams (Camillus West Genesee) also had a double double, scoring 16 points and recorded a team best 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Pat Crowley (Union Springs) added 10 points. Onondaga was able to overcome a 96 point effort by Broome’s starting backcourt of Wayne Davis and Rob Krowiak, who scored 52 and 44 points respectively. Onondaga made 44 of 74 shots as a team (59%), while Broome shot 63% for the game, making 40 of 63 attempts. Onondaga held a 33-27 rebounding advantage, and forced 16 Broome turnovers while turning it over 11 times themselves.
Onondaga point guard Zack Thomsen (New Berlin Unadilla Valley) missed his 3rd straight game, and appears to be lost to the Lazers for the remainder of the season as a result of a knee injury that he suffered 1:30 into last week’s win over Cayuga Community College. Thomsen had been enjoying an outstanding freshman season, as he leads Onondaga with 6.1 assists per contest, a figure that places him 13th nationally according to the latest National Junior College Athletic Association statistics.
The Lazers return to action Wednesday with an 8:00 pm tip-off at Jefferson Community College.
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