OSWEGO, NY - It may have been senior night, but it was the Juniors who performed in Oswego’s 75–67 win over Geneseo. Keith Tyson lead the team with a career high 23 points and Demetrius Mitchell finished the game with 13 points.
The Lakers went into the game with momentum, riding a 5-game winning streak and would use the energy from their senior night to beat Geneseo after having previously lost to them 79–80.
With Walter Sampson being sidelined due to an injury, and Brian Sortino being held to just 9 points after scoring 38 points against Plattsburgh on Saturday, Keith Tyson carried the offensive workload, shooting 10–12 from the field. Kyle Covley said; “I think it’s big that Keith and Demetrius stepped up today. It’s a team game and even though Brian had 38 one night, another guy steps up another night, and I think that’s a really good going into the end of the season.”
Tyson attributed his success to his teammates and felt as though their defensive effort is what won them the game. Tyson said; “My teammates did a really good job of finding me when I was open. Everybody has to step up. This whole team is great. We have a lot of great players, from the last guy to Brian. It is all about stepping up a the right time.”
Coach Jason Leone thought that Tyson’s performance is what kept them in the game and that his teammates were able to feed off of his energy. “I think he is a good player. Like most players in our organization, I think he has really earned his stripes,” said Leone. “After Walter’s injury, his role has certainly increased and I root for him. I like him, so it’s good to see him doing well. The thing that is impressive to me about Keith is that he scores within the system of the team. It’s very important when you have guys that can score 20 points off 12 shots. That’s pretty good.”
Despite the fact that Sortino didn’t have his best offensive game, he did have 7 assists and created plays for his teammates. Coach Leone said; “Brian deserves a lot of credit. I think he contributed in other areas.” Leone said that he respects the way that Brian carries himself, even when he is having a tough game. “He played very much within himself instead of forcing things to happen,” said Leone. “What he does when he plays like that, is he injects enthusiasm and confidence into his teammates. Now we can see that we can beat teams without him scoring at a high level.”
There was only a one point difference going into the half with Oswego down 29–30, however the Lakers would go on a 12–2 run halfway into the second period and maintain the lead until the final buzzer.
Coach Leone felt as though his team was more prepared for Geneseo’s offense than they were in their last matchup. In their last meeting, John Decker scored 24 points, and Justin Ringen, who just transferred to Geneseo this past semester, had 20 points. Last night, Decker was held to 12 points and Ringen was Geneseo’s top scorer with 18 points.
Coach Leone said; “I thought there was an element of surprise the first time we played them. This time we were more prepared as to what their moves were and where they got their shots on the floor. Alex and Kyle and Demetrius were the ones to guard Decker most of the time. Those guys really learned from game one and I think that they were really smarter this time. That was critical in our success.”
With this win, Oswego improved to 18–6 overall and 11–6 in the conference putting them in third place in the SUNYAC standings behind Brockport and Plattsburgh.