OSWEGO, N.Y. – A night after pounding the ball inside against a man-to-man defense, the Oswego State (11-3, 7-0 SUNYAC) men’s basketball team knocked down 10 three-pointers to beat Oneonta (1-13, 0-7) and its zone defense 67-55 at Laker Hall Saturday.
The Lakers’ hit two quick three-pointers and jumped out to an early 9-1 lead. Chris Gilkes (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) had one of those treys and scored eight of his 10 first-half points in the opening six minutes of the half.
Despite falling behind early, Oneonta battled back to an 11-11 tie. However, Ryan Sheridan (Sr., Blauvelt, N.Y.) knocked down a three-pointer at the 10:10 mark, sparking a 15-2 run that put the Lakers back in control. The Lakers hit six of 11 three-pointers in the opening half and added five of six free throws to take a 33-23 lead at the break.
A three by Sean Michele (Sr., East Rochester, N.Y.) early in the second half pushed the lead to its largest margain of 16, but the Red Dragons would not go away. A 10-0 run that was highlighted by a pair of steals trimmed the Laker advantage to just 46-41 with over six minutes to play.
The Lakers responded with an inside move by Chad Burridge (Sr., Hannibal, N.Y.) and then Conor Monaghan (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) added the last of his three-pointers to push the lead back to double-digits.
Oneonta had the lead down to nine with just over two minutes to play, but the Lakers never let them get any closer en route to the 67-55 win.
Burridge led the Lakers with 13 points, while Gilkes and Monaghan each had 12 with Michele’s 11 and Hayden Ward’s (Jr., Montauk, N.Y.) 10 giving the Lakers four players in double figures. Ward also had 11 rebounds, while Brian Gebhardt (Sr., Fairport, N.Y.) led the way with four of the Lakers’ 18 assists.
Burridge’s eight rebounds also moved him into third place all-time in school history, passing Rich Kohler (1963-66) on the list.
The Lakers have a week off before hosting Cortland (9-4, 5-2) at 8 p.m. next Saturday night.