SYRACUSE, NY. – November 16, 2011 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team ran its record to 4-0 on the season with an 89-76 home victory over Davis College on Tuesday night. This season marks the first time since 2007 that the Lazers have opened the season with 4 straight wins. Davis, the defending Small Bible College National Invitational Champions, saw their record fall to 3-3 on the season.
With Onondaga holding a 16-13 lead with 10:27 remaining in the first half, the Lazers went on an 11-3 run over the next three minutes to take a double digit lead. Nick Rizzo (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) and Jacob VanDusen (Oneonta) each had two field goals and Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse) added a field goal and a free throw to key the run. Onondaga maintained the advantage, and took a 42-30 lead into the half.
The teams played on nearly even terms early in the second half, with Davis trimming the deficit to 9 at 51-42 with 14:44 to go following 7 straight points from Jay Carlisle. At that point Onondaga responded and broke the game open by outscoring Davis, 30-10, over the next 8 minutes to lead, 81-52, with 5:59 to go. Ahmet Tunali (Syracuse Academy of Science) scored 14 of his game high 19 points during the decisive run. Davis ended the game on a 24-8 run to account for the final margin.
In addition to scoring 19 points, Tunali also grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, and made 8 of 12 shots from the floor in his best outing as a Lazer. Brandon Seibt (Central Square), Jesse Gates (Liverpool), and Jordan Prior (Cortland) also hit double figures with 19, 17, and 11 points respectively. Tyler Wood (Broadalbin-Perth) handed out 7 assists, and Tom Graf (Jordan-Elbridge) added 6 assists for the Lazers, while Steve Lothridge (East Syracuse-Minoa) pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked 3 shots in 14 minutes of action. Dexter Terry led Davis with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Antonio Goodridge added 15 points and 5 assists. The Lazers produced a strong defensive effort which limited Davis to 32.3% field goal shooting.
Onondaga returns to action this Saturday at 2:00 pm, when they host the defending NJCAA Region 3 Champions, SUNY Delhi. Delhi and Onondaga are ranked 4th and 5th respectively in the most recent Region 3 Coaches Poll. Saturday’s game will follow the annual Onondaga Alumni Game, which tips off at 12:00 noon, and will feature many past Onondaga players, including members of the 1992-1993 National Championship team.
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