SYRACUSE, NY. - February 19, 2007 - The Onondaga Community College men's basketball team defeated Broome Community College in dramatic fashion, 88-86, on Saturday afternoon in Binghamton. The victory clinched the Mid-State Athletic Conference regular season championship for the Lazers, and with it the right to host the conference championship tournament this weekend. Onondaga will enter the tournament as the top seed and will play Corning Community College Saturday evening at 8:00 pm. Finger Lakes Community College will face Broome in the other semi-final at 6:00 pm. The two winners will then meet for the conference title Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm.
The game with Broome was tight throughout, with neither team holding a lead of more than 6 points at any time. There were 12 ties and 18 lead changes throughout the contest, which wasn't decided until Shane Williams (Camillus West Genesee) hit a 17 foot jump shot as the final horn sounded, giving Onondaga the win. Danny Smith (Canastota) led the Lazers with 22 points, including 9 straight in the game's final 3:00. Smith also handed out a game high 8 assists, including one on Williams' game winner. Rich Buckmon (Syracuse Henninger) posted a double double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Justin Stern (Jamesville-DeWitt) and Steve Siechen (East Syracuse-Minoa) added 11 points each, and Williams hauled in 9 rebounds. Onondaga held a commanding 50-32 rebounding advantage.
Yesterday (Sunday), the Lazers followed up the Broome win with a 97-59 victory over SUNY Canton. The game was the final home regular season appearance for Buckmon, Tyler Kurzinski (Central Square P.V. Moore), Siechen, Smith, and Stern. Onondaga used a 12-1 run midway through the first half to break away from a 10-10 tie, and then pulled away from there. Smith and Buckmon scored 20 points each, with Stern adding 19. Smith, Williams, and Brett Liedka (Syracuse Bishop Grimes) each pulled down 6 rebounds and Kurzinski handed out a team best 8 assists. Onondaga held a 43-37 rebounding edge and forced 35 Canton turnovers.
Onondaga closes the regular season at Corning on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm. The Lazers, now 21-6 overall and 12-1 in conference play, then host the conference tournament this weekend and await their seeding for the NJCAA Region III Division III Tournament, which will be announced on Sunday night.
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