Tyson steals spotlight on senior night as Lakers take down Geneseo.
The Oswego State men’s basketball team (18–6, 11–6) took down the Geneseo Knights (16–8, 10–6) 75–67 on Tuesday night behind Keith Tyson’s game high 23 points.
It was a close defensive battle between the two SUNYAC rivals in the first half. The Lakers shot up 14 three pointers and only converted on three of them, while the Knights turned the ball over five times and struggled to get good looks at the basket. Star Laker guard and SUNYAC player of the week Brian Sortino’s lonely two points came from the free throw line, while shooting 0–5 from the field.
An ugly first half ended with the Knights on top by a point, 30–29, backed by 10 points from junior guard Justin Ringen.
It took a while for the Laker’s offense to get going in the second half but once the shots started falling, they never looked back. The Lakers were down 39–36 when backup guard Demetrius Mitchell hit a 3 that sparked a 12–3 run, leading to a 48–42 lead and a timeout by Geneseo. Oswego wouldn’t give up the lead for the rest of the game. Mitchell knocked in 13 points off the bench, 11 of which came in the second half at a crucial time.
“Everybody contributed man, that’s the name of the game. We wanted this win for our seniors but everybody’s out there working towards a W” said junior guard/forward Keith Tyson. Tyson scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half which led all scorers.
“This win was definitely a confidence booster, you know? It’s important to stay humble and hungry though” said Tyson. This win put the Lakers in 2nd place atop the SUNYAC conference standings with one more conference game to go against the Cortland Red Dragons (16–7, 10–6) on Friday.
“It was our defense that lead to the offense getting going. Points off turnovers was really important and some of the things we did tonight have to transfer over into our future match ups” said head coach of the Lakers, Jason Leone. The Lakers scored 16 points off turnovers compared to only 2 points scored off turnovers for the Knights.
“I think this is win number six in a row and it’s even more special to get one for our seniors, but we’ve got a bigger picture to look at” said Leone. The Lakers took down #22 Plattsburgh 90–74 last Saturday night and the last time the Lakers lost a game was by a point in Geneseo against the Knights on February 2nd. These two teams could meet again in the SUNYAC championship tournament depending on the final seeding.
As for the Knights, there post-season hopes are still very much alive. They have two games left on their schedule, both in conference match-ups against the one win Potsdam Bears and the SUNYAC number one, Plattsburgh Cardinals. Both games will be played in Geneseo this upcoming weekend.