Lakers Making a Strong Playoff Push After Convincing Win Against Geneseo
OSWEGO — The Oswego State men’s basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a 75–67 win over visiting Geneseo on Tuesday in Max Ziel Gymnasium. Oswego extended its win-streak to six with the victory. On the season, the Lakers are now 18–6 overall and 11–6 in SUNYAC competition. The Knights fall to 16–7 on the year and 10–6 in the league.
After Geneseo’s Justin Ringen hit a three in the opening minutes, Oswego went on a 15–3 scoring run led by junior guard Kieth Tyson who had six of the 15 points.
Over the first 26 minutes and change, Oswego and Geneseo played relatively close basketball, with several lead changes and ties. Geneseo had a 30–29 edge at the half
Oswego had an abysmal first half shooting the ball going only 36.4 percent (12–33) overall including 21.4 percent (3–14) from deep. While Geneseo had an excellent half shooting going 44 percent (11–25) from the field and 66.7 percent (4–6) from three-point land.
Geneseo grew its lead to six with three quick baskets to start the second half, at this point it was 37–31 with 18:02 left to go. That’s when the Lakers took control of the game, cutting the deficit to force ties at both 39 and 42 midway through the second half.
Once tied at 42–42, Oswego rattled off a 12–0 run to gain a sizable advantage, but it did not stop there. The Lakers pushed its lead to as many as 16 points. Geneseo tried to overcome the deficit with a late push, but were never able to get the margin closer than seven points over the final four minutes.
Oswego was carried by a pair of career-highs in the scoring column. Keith Tyson led all scorers on the night with 23 points going (10–12) from the field, breaking his previous career-mark of 20 points, set on Jan. 30 in a win over Oneonta.
“I just let the game come to me, I didn’t try to rush anything. The team did a good job looking for me out there. We knew it was a big win for us, so we were taking care of business,” said Tyson.
Demetrius Mitchell also recorded a new career-best for Oswego, tallying 12 points, his second double-figure performance of the season. Mitchell shot 38 percent (3–8) from three, and (5–10) overall.
Star guard Brian Sortino had a relatively quiet night against Geneseo on only 25 percent shooting, but led the team with 7 assists and tied for second with 5 boards along with Rawa and Tyson. Sortino had a 12-game streak of scoring 10 points or more going into last nights game. During his last outing against the Knights on Feb. 2 he managed to rack up 26 points on (10–16) shooting with six assists.
Seniors stole the show as Kyle Covley (9), Alex Rawa (12) and Mark Candelario (4) combined for 25 points on the night for the Lakers, with Candelario pulling down a team-high nine boards.
“I think just playing within the flow of our offense helped with my stats. Not forcing things and patiently waiting for the floor to open up is how he got easy baskets,” said senior forward Alex Rawa.
As a team, Oswego out-rebounded Geneseo by seven (37–30) and only turned the ball over a season-low four times. Oswego also forced 10 turnovers resulting in 16 points.
“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 Jason Leone.
The Lakers will play their last regular season game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Cortland.