OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s basketball team shot a blistering 51.9 percent from the field to erase a 15-point first half deficit en route to a 76-64 victory over Cortland on Saturday night at Max Ziel Gymnasium. Sophomore Ryan Sheridan (Blauvelt, N.Y.) recorded a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers, while Chad Burridge (So., Hannibal, N.Y.) scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help complete the Laker comeback. Oswego State tallied its first SUNY Athletic Conference win of the season for a mark of 1-2, while improving to 6-3 overall. The Red Dragons dropped to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Cortland came out of the gates on fire as Ron Evans made four consecutive three-pointers to give the Red Dragons a 12-0 lead after two minutes of play. The margin grew to as much as 15 points, but the Laker offense whittled the lead down to five points at halftime after a Sheridan layup and a three-point basket by Conor Monaghan (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.) closed out the period. Both offenses finished the first half with strong numbers as each team shot 50 percent from the floor.
The Red Dragons regained a double-digit lead at 45-35 after their first two possessions before Oswego State went on a 19-6 run over the next 6:34 capped off by a three from Burridge for its first lead of the game. Both squads traded baskets over the next several minutes as the score was knotted at 58-58 with 7:26 remaining in the game. However, the Lakers had one last run left in the tank as they outscored Cortland 18-6 down the stretch as they began to penetrate the lane and hit their free throws in the final minute for the 76-64 win.
Conor Monaghan joined Sheridan and Burridge in double-digits with 18 points on the night, including 12 in the first half. Oswego State controlled the paint as it outscored its opponent 36-20 in the lane, and received pivotal bench support outscoring the Red Dragon bench 29-17. Turnovers also played a key role as the Lakers committed just nine turnovers compared to 17 for Cortland.
Oswego State faces Oneonta on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Max Ziel Gymnasium with tip-off slated for 8 p.m.
Box Score: http://www.oswego.edu/athletics/teams/mens_basketball/statistics/0910stats/010910mb.htm