SYRACUSE, NY. – December 1, 2011 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball team returned to action after a week long layoff for the Thanksgiving holiday last night and came away with a 100-50 home win over Word of Life Bible Institute. The Lazers received contributions from its entire roster, as all 17 players that dressed for the game played between 9 and 14 minutes, with 16 of the 17 scoring. The win raised Onondaga’s overall record to 5-2 on the season, while Word of Life fell to 0-7.
Both teams were somewhat sluggish in the early going, and when Word of Life’s Tyler Craige scored with 12:19 to go in the opening half, the visiting Huskies had their only lead of the contest at 10-9. Onondaga responded with a 16-2 run over the next 4 minutes, however, and Onondaga led, 25-12, after Ahmet Tunali (Syracuse Academy of Science) scored at the 8:22 mark. Word of Life closed the gap to 29-20 after Craige hit 2 of 3 free throws with 5:34 to go in the half, but the Lazers closed the opening session on a 17-6 run to take a 46-26 lead into halftime. The Lazers maintained control throughout the second half, with a 21-2 run from 14:19 to 9:39 extending Onondaga’s lead to 87-39 after Tom Graf (Jordan-Elbridge) scored 6 straight points. The Lazers then maintained the large lead until the final horn.
Onondaga had very balanced scoring throughout the game. 16 Lazer players scored, and Onondaga’s bench outscored the Word of Life bench, 80-5. Jesse Gates (Liverpool), Adam Misener (Liverpool), and Tunali led the Lazer attack with 10 points each, while Jared Donalson (Syracuse Nottingham) and Graf added 9, and Brandon Seibt (Central Square P.V. Moore) chipped in 8. Tunali and Steve Lothridge (East Syracuse-Minoa) each pulled down 8 rebounds. Jordan Prior (Cortland) handed out 7 assists without committing a turnover, and Misener and Malik Mountain (Onondaga) added 5 assists each. Nick Rizzo (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) blocked 4 shots and Jon Foulds (Norwich) recorded 3 steals. Andrew Burtis led Word of Life with 15 points and Craige added 12. As a team, the Lazers shot 62.1% from the floor while limiting the Huskies to 31.3% shooting. Onondaga held a 41-35 rebounding advantage and forced Word of Life into 28 turnovers while committing 20 themselves.
Tuesday’s game was the first of a 5-game homestand for the Lazers. Onondaga will host Clinton Community College at 4:00 pm on Saturday, and North Country Community College at 3:00 pm on Sunday.
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