Joseph Bull scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Oneonta (13-10, 8-8 SUNYAC) to a, 70-55, road upset over Oswego State (18-5, 13-3 SUNYAC) on Wednesday night.
The Red Dragons went on an 11-to-0 run less than six minutes into the second half to take a 41-37 lead and held that advantage the rest of the game.
This loss puts Oswego State into a tie with Plattsburgh State a top the SUNYAC standings going into the final weekend of the regular season. This was Oswego State’s third loss in their last four games. The Red Dragons have now won three straight and seven out of their last ten games.
Liam Sanborn (19), Tyler Pierre (14) and Brandan Gartland (12) led the Lakers in scoring. Kevin Mackin (13) and Harrison Deegan (10) also scored double digit points for Oneonta.
Pierre added 10 rebounds and shot 7-of-11 from the field in his final regular season game at Max Ziel Gymnasium. Pierre and the Lakers look to bounce back and hold onto first place to secure home-court advantage in the playoffs.
“It’s really a big point of emphasis,” said Pierre on making sure the Lakers get home-court. “I want to play here for the playoffs, but if we have to go (to Plattsburgh) and do what we have to do then that’s what’s going to matter at the end of the day.”
Pierre’s double-double wasn’t enough to stop Oneonta from dominating on the boards. The Red Dragons grabbed 16 offensive rebounds (10 in the first half) and outrebounded the Lakers 40-to-32 overall.
“We’ve been a good rebounding team all year, we had a bad night tonight,” said Oswego State head coach Jason Leone. “For whatever reason we just played really lethargic.”
Oswego State jumped out in front 4-0 early, but offensive rebounding and second chance opportunities led to a 17-to-4 Oneonta run that forced a Laker timeout with 11:15 left in the first half. The Red Dragons scored 15 second chance points in the first half to Oswego State’s zero.
The Lakers responded with a 12-to-0 run thanks to three pointers from Gartland and Sanborn. This was the Lakers only three point shooting outburst of the game as the Lakers only shot 4-of-15 from deep for the game.
The two teams traded baskets leading to a 29-29 tie going into halftime, despite the Lakers outshooting the Red Dragons 56-to-34 percent in the first half.
Three point shooting was the difference in a second half dominated by the visitors. Oneonta shot 5-of-12 from long range, including a Steph Curry like bomb from Mackin with 10:29 left in regulation.
The Lakers only shot 1-of-9 from deep and made 34 percent of their shots in the second half. Quinn Carey leads Oswego State in three point makes and attempts on the season, but finished this game with zero points (averages 11.3) and took only one triple.
A big dunk from Deegan sparked a run of multiple three pointers from Mackin and Bull that put Oneonta up 57-45 with 7:50 remaining in the second half. The Lakers never got back to within single digits.
Oswego State looks to rebound and secure home-court advantage this weekend as they go on the road to face Brockport Friday night (7:30 p.m.) and Geneseo Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.