Late Layup Spoils Lakers’ Night

GENESEO, NY – The Oswego State men’s basketball team lost a nail-biter on a last possession layup by host Geneseo on Tuesday night. Oswego’s loss brings its record to 12-6 overall and 5-6 in the SUNYAC while the Knights move to 14-4, 8-3.

In a back-and-forth contest that featured a five-point Laker deficit at the half, Oswego settled into a lead with 8:25 remaining in the contest. The Lakers led or were tied with Geneseo until a pair of Kevin Crockett freethrows gave the knights a 78-77 edge with 1:25 to play.

Oswego was able to get the ball back after a turnover and head coach Jason Leone called a timeout with 34 seconds on the clock. The play drawn up in the break came to fruition as guard Brian Sortino knocked down a jumper to give the Lakers a 79-78 advantage at 19 seconds.

On the ensuing possession, Geneseo launched a 3-pointer that missed but the ball went out of bounds off a Laker, giving the Knights 7.3 seconds and another opportunity.

Crockett was able to get to the rim after the inbounds for a layup and the lead, 80-79, with 2.2 seconds remaining. Sortino’s last second heave from half-court missed to the left as Geneseo escaped with the victory.

Sortino filled the stat line, pacing the Lakers with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting. The junior also led the squad in assists with six and steals with two. A 6-foot-2 guard, Sortino registered a block on the night as well.

Senior Alex Rawa played all 40 minutes of the contest and chipped in 18 points.

All 18 of his point came from beyond the arc as the forward shot 6-for-14 from distance.

Also scoring in double figures were Demetrius Mitchell (12) and Kyle Covley (10).  Mitchell’s 12 points represents a new career high mark.

Oswego and Geneseo were even on the boards at 32 apiece, with Mark Candelario’s nine leading the Lakers.  Aiding in the effort on the glass were Keith Tyson and Mykelle Krecko, both grabbing four. Krecko finished with a team-high blocks (3) while Tyson had Oswego’s second-most assists (5).

The Lakers return to the court at 7:30 p.m. on Friday when they host Fredonia at Max Ziel Gymnasium.