BUFFALO, NY – The nationally-ranked Oswego State men’s basketball team dropped its first contest of the year 66-56 at Buffalo State on Saturday evening.
With the loss, the Lakers go to 7-1 overall and 1-1 in SUNYAC action while the Bengals improve to 4-2, 1-1.
It was a tale of two halves, as Oswego controlled the first half, leading by as many as 11 points in the opening 20 minutes. In the second half, the Lakers gained as much as a 10-point edge early in the second stanza before Buffalo State caught fire. The Bengals outscored the Lakers by 19 (43-24) in the final 20 minutes to secure the win.
Two Lakers finished in double figures in the tilt, with the team high coming from Walter Sampson. The senior shot 5 for 9 from the field and 7 for 8 from the freethrow line. Sampson did it all in the contest, distributing a game high six assists while clearing four rebounds and collecting a steal.
Also scoring more than 10 was junior Brian Sortino, who tallied 12 points.
Keith Tyson controlled the glass for Oswego, taking in a team high eight boards to go along with eight points.
Kyle Covley matched Tyson’s point total, having a nearly perfect night from the field. The senior went 3 for 4 from the field and 2 for 3 from distance.
Oswego uncharacteristically turned the ball over 16 times – three more than the Bengals – while losing the rebounding battle 47-36. Of Buffalo State’s 47 boards, 19 came on the offensive glass, contributing to a 20-8 advantage in second chance points. For the second straight night, however, the Lakers won the bench-point category, earning nine more than their opponent (10-1).
The Lakers will wrap the fall semester slate at 7:30 p.m. on Friday when they host Cazenovia College in a nonconference matchup.