Oswego, N.Y. – The crowd roared Tuesday evening as the Oswego State Lakers (19-7) defeated the Cortland Red Dragons (17-9) 74-67, advancing Oswego to take on the top-seed Brockport this Friday night on the road.
After entering the second half down by seven (37-30), Liam Sanborn did not hesitate to get the Lakers back on the board. The Junior added 9 points to a 17-2 run which put the Lakers in the lead (53-46) with 11 minutes left in the game. The Staten Island native scored 22 out of his 26 points during the second half.
The Lakers secured the lead with a 3-pointer by Brandon Garland, who put up 12 points Tuesday night, adding to his 1000th point milestone he hit a few games prior. Oswego continued to power through and keep the lead for the remaining 12 minutes of the game.
Both the Lakers and Red Dragons played a close game throughout the first period until Cortland clenched a lead in the last five minutes of the first half. The visitors were strong shooters in the first, making 52% of their shots compared to Oswego’s 41%.
After the half, the roles were reversed and the Lakers made 54% of their shots compared to the Red Dragons only making 35%.
Cortland had a successful first half on the arch, making 55% of 3-point shots. Junior Jake DiSanto shot an impressive 4-for-5 at the 3-point line, adding to his 14 points during his 15 minutes of play.
The Lakers found their flame in the second half on the arch, making 62% of 3-point shots. Cortland struggled in the second, only making 30% of 3-point shots.
Forward Joe Sullivan also had a successful night, putting up 14 points and grabbing 9 rebounds for the Lakers. Along with Freshman Jamal Achille who secured 9 rebounds, with most of them being defensive.
For Cortland, Brenden Fitzpatrick scored a career-high 24 points with seven assists. The senior went an impressive 9-for-9 at the free throw line.
The Lakers advance to the second round of the SUNYAC playoffs where they will take on the Brockport Golden Eagles Friday night on the road. In the previous matchup between the two on Feb. 22, the Lakers fell 85-80 in OT.