Mitchell and Tyson have career days to lead Lakers past Knights
Last night, the Oswego State Lakers celebrated senior night by defeating the Geneseo Knights, 75–67. With the win, the Lakers are now on a six game win streak and have won nine out of their last ten contests. With the loss, the Knights end a two game win streak.
After Geneseo scored the first six points of the game, Oswego went on a 13–0 run. The Knights then went on a 6–0 run that led to a two-point game. After the Knights run, their were many ties and lead changes exchanged between the teams up until halftime. In the second half, the Lakers would go on a 9–0 run, and would not turn back. Over a 10:18 stretch, the Lakers would go on a 28–9 run, which secured the victory. When asked about the game, Oswego’s head coach Jason Leone said, “It was our defense that lead to the offense getting going. Points off turnovers was really important.” Points off turnovers were very important for the Lakers; they had 16 points off turnovers compared to two for Geneseo.
Leading the Lakers, were juniors Demetrius Mitchell and Keith Tyson, who both had career days for the Lakers. Mitchell had a career-high 13 points, poising his second double-figure performance this season. Tyson lead all scorers on the night with 23 points, a new career high for him. When asked about his performance, Tyson said, “I just let the game come to me. I didn’t rush anything. My teammates did a good job looking for me. It was a big game for us. We knew we had to take care of business.”
Even though the juniors shined last night, the seniors on the Laker squad did not disappoint. Kyle Covley, hit his 50th three-pointer on the year. He is now one three-pointer away from tying the number of three’s he made last year. Alex Rawa was the third best scorer for the Lakers with 12 points and second on the team in rebounds with five. Mark Candelario led all teams in rebounds with nine. The seniors combined for 25 of the Lakers points.
For Geneseo, the SUNYAC leading average scorer, Justin Ringen, led the team in points with 18. Ringen and John Decker led the Knights in rebounds with seven a piece. Kevin Crockett, who scored the game winner the last time these two teams played, had seven points, being two for three from the field goal range and one from two from the three point range. Everyone on the Knights played in the game, but one. The team only made seven three-pointers, which is tied for the second-lowest total of the season. The Knights were also held to under 70 points for only the fourth time this season.
With the loss, the Geneseo Knights fall to fifth in the SUNYAC conference. Before the loss, they were ranked second. With the win, the Lakers move from fourth to third. Each team will wrap up their seasons later this week. Oswego will travel to Cortland on Friday for a big SUNYAC conference matchup between the third ranked Lakers and the fourth ranked Red Dragons. When asked about the Cortland game and playoff implications, Oswego senior Alex Rawa said “We’re aiming for that two spot with a win over Cortland to help us for the playoffs.” Geneseo will have its senior day on Friday vs. Potsdam and travel to number one ranked Plattsburgh on Saturday.