Late Run Dooms Oswego State Men’s Basketball In 88-80 Loss At Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh used a 14-1 run in the final 4:52 to hand the Oswego State men’s basketball team an 88-80 loss in Plattsburgh on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals held a three-point lead with 51 seconds remaining, but Carl Munnerlyn and Errol Daniyan went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to seal the win. The Lakers shot 47.6 percent (30-of-63) from the field, but were outdone by Plattsburgh, which hit 59.3 percent (32-of-54) of its shots. The Lakers dropped to 7-5 on the season and 2-4 in SUNYAC competition and the Cardinals moved to 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the league.

After maintaining the lead throughout the majority of the first half, Plattsburgh held a 44-38 advantage before Conor Monaghan (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.) converted an old-fashioned three-point play and Sean Michele (So., East Rochester, N.Y.) hit a jumper in the waning seconds to send Oswego State into the locker room trailing 44-43. Both offenses flourished in the first half with each squad shooting over 50.0 percent.

A seesaw battle ensued in the second half that featured eight ties and ten lead changes. Chad Burridge (So., Hannibal, N.Y.) drained a trey to give the Lakers a 79-74 lead with 4:52 left on the clock. However, the Cardinals scored the next five points to knot the game at 79-79. Farris Thomas hit a jump shot to give Plattsburgh a slim one-point lead followed by a key defensive rebound by Daniyan that eventually resulted in a basket by Chris Ruiz, giving the Cardinals an 83-80 lead with under a minute to play. Plattsburgh sealed the win as it made its free throws down the stretch as Oswego State was forced to commit fouls to stop the clock.

Burridge was one of three Lakers to finish in double-digits with 28 points followed by Ryan Sheridan (So., Blauvelt, N.Y.) with 14 and Monaghan with 11. Carl Munnerlyn and Errol Daniyan reached 23 and 20 points, respectively, for the Cardinals. Chris Ruiz also reached double figures with 15 points, while Steve Thomas came off the bench to score 11 points.

Oswego State will look to rebound next weekend when it hosts Buffalo State on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. and Fredonia on Sat., Jan. 23 at 4 p.m.

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