Cortland, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s basketball team clinched the No. 4 seed in the SUNYAC Championship with a 78-76 overtime win over host Cortland on Saturday afternoon.
Oswego’s win improved its conference mark to 10-8 while Cortland fell to 9-9, earning the No. 5 seed and setting up a rematch between the two teams at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night in Max Ziel Gymnasium.
The Lakers have beaten the Red Dragons in both of their matchups this season, including a 60-41 victory at home. Cortland’s 41 points was its worst offensive output in an over 17-year span.
In Saturday’s game, Oswego shot well from beyond the arc, making 8-for-19 (42.1%) 3-poiners.
The Lakers also owned the glass, outrebounding Cortland 38-31.On the offensive glass, Oswego possessed a five rebound advantage which resulted in 10 more second-chance points than the Red Dragons (15-5).
Both teams controlled the ball efficiently in the game, with each squad finishing with just eight turnovers.
The contest was close throughout, with each teams’ largest lead in the game being just six.
At the end of regulation, Daniel Ross made the first of two free throws to put the Lakers up 66-64 with 24 seconds remaining. After a 30 second timeout by the Red Dragons, Cortland was able to knot the game at 66-66 with a layup with 10 seconds left on the clock.
Ross was able to get a jumper off in the waning seconds but it didn’t fall, forcing the game to extra time.
Oswego was able to grab a four-point lead in the overtime, taking a 78-74 edge with 27 seconds to play after two made free throws by Kyle Covley.
The Lakers made the game interesting in the final 15 seconds, however, as they were unable to connect on four freethrow opportunities.
Cortland cut the lead to 78-76 with a layup with 7 seconds left and was able to get a trey off as time expired. The shot did not go, however, as Oswego hold on for the victory.
Ross paced the Lakers with 23 points while Elijah McLaurin and Matt Crockett each finished with 13. The fourth and final teammate to finish with double-figure points was Rashawn Powell, ending with 11.
Powell and Ross each had double-doubles, with Powell grabbing a team-high 12 boards and Ross close behind with 10.
McLaurin and Ross finished tied with a team-high three assists while the two combined for three steals.