Tyson leads Lakers to sixth straight win
OSWEGO, N.Y.- Keith Tyson poured in 15 of his game high 23 points in the second half to lead the Lakers past Geneseo (16–7, 10–6 SUNYAC) 75–67 Tuesday night.
Tyson’s second half effort was part of Oswego State’s 30–12 run in just over ten minutes in the middle of the half. The Lakers were able to use that run to establish a 13-point lead. From that point on the Knights of Geneseo were not able to recapture the lead they began the second half with.
The Lakers have won their last six games, and nine out of their last 10. This late season push has moved Oswego State up to third place in the SUNYAC standings. Tyson said the reason for this success and the mantra for the team moving forward is to stay “humble and hungry.”
For the Knights, Justin Ringen chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds. John Decker scored 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in Geneseo’s team effort Tuesday as they fell to the Lakers.
At the half-time break Oswego State found themselves trailing the Knights by one point as a result of a cold shooting performance. Early on the Lakers had trouble finding the bottom of the net, shooting just over 36 percent from the field in the first half to the Knights’ 44 percent.
Being the last home game of the season, it was Senior Night for four of Oswego State’s players. Not only were the seniors looking for a win, but there was also a sense of wanting to avenge the loss to Geneseo in their previous meeting. “This time I thought playing them at home on Senior Night we had more energy, and it definitely felt good to get it out and to get a win on Senior Night,” senior Kyle Covley said.
In their previous meeting this season the Lakers fell to the Knights by one on the road. In that game the team’s leading scorer Brian Sortino led the team with 26 points. On Tuesday night Sortino struggled with his shooting touch.
Despite struggling from the field, Sortino was pleased after the win because the team was able to send off its seniors with a win. “They definitely deserve it, I think Alex (Rawa), Mark (Candelario), and Kyle (Covley) definitely played well,” Sortino said following Tuesday’s victory.
Although Sortino fell short of his season scoring average, only accounting for nine points, he led the team in assists tallying up seven.
Strong defense was also a big key to Oswego State’s victory Tuesday. The Lakers were able to force 10 turnovers, which resulted in a 16–2 advantage in points off turnovers. The strong defensive effort was paired with a strong presence in the paint. Senior Mark Candelario led the way down low for the Lakers, leading all players with nine rebounds and two blocks.
Oswego State (18–6, 11–6 SUNYAC) travels to face fourth place Cortland (16–7, 10–6 SUNYAC) on Friday night. In their only previous meeting this season the Red Dragons from Cortland topped the Lakers 66–62.