Oswego State Comes Up Big for Senior Night

Pictured (left to right): Coach Jason Leone, Alex Rawa, Walter Sampson, n/a, Kyle Covley, Mark Candelario | Credit: http://oswegolakers.com/news/2016/2/16/MBK_0216165222.aspx

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Senior Night for the Oswego State men’s basketball team (18–6, 11–6 SUNYAC) ended in a victory over visiting Geneseo (16–7, 10–6 SUNYAC) 75–67 in Max Ziel Gymnasium this Tuesday. The Lakers have won nine of their last 10 and won six straight in a dominating fashion.

Keith Tyson led all scorers with 23 points, also his career-high, shooting a phenomenal 83 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. He also pulled in five boards.

“I just let the game come to me, I didn’t try to rush anything,” Tyson said. “The team did a good job looking for me out there. We knew it was a big win for us, so we were just taking care of business.”

Several lead changes and ties in the first half were the result of nearly even play from both teams. A 17-9 run for Geneseo to close out the half allowed them to gain a 30–29 lead.

The Knights extended their lead to five less than one minute into the second half with baskets from Justin Ringen and John Decker.

Following this hot start, the Lakers went on a 22-8 run that lasted 8:51. Oswego took the lead at 12:21 and managed to hold it for the remainder of the game. The Knights were only able to cut the lead to seven by the final whistle.

Geneseo guard Justin Ringen leads the SUNYAC Conference in scoring, three point field goal percentage and three point field goals per game. The Lakers held him below his season averages in all of those categories with 18 points, 25 percent three point field goal percentage and only two three point field goals made.

Oswego’s size advantage proved to be a determining factor in the game, scoring 34 points in the paint compared to Geneseo’s 16.

Senior Alex Rawa had a complete game with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.

“I think just playing within the flow of our offense helped with my stats,” Rawa said. “Not forcing things and patiently waiting for the floor to open up is how we got easy baskets.”

Demetrius Mitchell had a great game coming off the bench, scoring a career-high 13 points and pulling in four rebounds. He also had a great shooting night, scoring 50 percent of his field goals and 38 percent from the three point line.

Star guard Brian Sortino had a rough scoring night, shooting only 25 percent from the field and missing all four three point field goals he attempted. He made up for it with a game high seven assists and also grabbing five boards.

“I had an off shooting night, but it happens,” Sortino said. “It just shows how well together our team is. Keith played awesome, the seniors played well and it shows that we can win even if I have a bad day shooting.”

The Lakers played a very stingy defense, forcing 10 turnovers that resulted in 16 points.

“It was our defense that lead to the offense getting going,” Coach Leone said. “Points off turnovers was really important and some of the things we did tonight have to transfer over into out future match ups.”

The Lakers are heading into their last regular season game third place in the SUNYAC conference versus Cortland on Friday at 7:30 p.m.