Oswego, N.Y. – The Oswego Laker Men’s Basketball team defeated Cortland 81-67 using a relentless effort on Friday evening in a crucial conference contest.
With this win, the Lakers improve to 8-3, and 4-0 in SUNYAC, Cortland drops to 8-2 and 2-2.
The Lakers now sit very comfortable at first place in the standing SUNYAC standings.
In the first half, Oswego connected early as freshmanDustin Pond grabbed a rebound off a missed 3-pointer from Cortland. Pond outlet the ball to senior Walter Sampson who tallied two points with a layup to get Oswego on the board first 2-0.
Rashawn Powell responded with rebound just 11-seconds later then took it down the court for layup to put Oswego up 4-0.
This effort would continue throughout the first half as the squad secured a 23 point lead going into the second half.
The Lakers shot lights out through the first 20 minutes, hitting 65.5% of their field goals, and going 6 for 9 from three-point land.
Sampson led the squad through the second half with 11-points.
The Red Dragons would try to mount a comeback posting 43 points but it proved not to be enough as the Lakers kept consistent defensive pressure.
The squad shot well from the charity stripe in the last 20-minutes of the contest shooting 66.7% of their free throws. Sampson went 3-4, Brian Sortino 2-4 and guard Elijah McLaurin went 2-2 just in the second half.
The Lakers were unstoppable offensively throughout, ending the contest shooting more than 50% from both the field and behind the arc.
Sortino carried the Lakers finishing with team high 20-points and an assist. Sampson did his part filling the stat sheet with 18 points, five assists and two steals. Alex Rawa went a perfect 2-for-2 from the three-point line.
Pond and Powell each helped control the glass, recording five rebounds apiece.
Oswego will continue on the road to Brockport for another SUNYAC contest against the Golden Eagles on at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.