Chad Burridge (So., Hannibal, N.Y.) scored 19 of his season-high 29 points in the second half to propel the Oswego State menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball team past host Potsdam 62-54 on Friday. The Laker defense forced the Bears to commit 19 turnovers with 10 of those coming from steals. Oswego State moved to 7-4 on the season and 2-3 in league play, while Potsdam fell to 1-10 overall and 0-5 in the SUNYAC.
The Bears held the lead for the majority of the first half until Burridge scored six consecutive points to give head coach Adam StockwellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s troop a 27-22 advantage with 41 seconds to play. However, PotsdamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jordan McAllister drilled a three-pointer to make the score 27-25 in favor of the Lakers at halftime.
Four minutes into the second half Oswego State went ahead 35-25 behind six more points from Burridge and a layup by Conor Monoghan (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.). The Bears were not finished, though, as a trey by Edward Cross pulled Potsdam to within three points at 42-39 with 10:41 left on the clock. However, that would be as close as the home team would get, as the Lakers rattled off the next five points to create an eight-point cushion with 9:02 remaining. The eight-point margin stood until the final horn as Oswego State registered the 62-54 road win.
Burridge grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with his 29 points, while Monaghan contributed 11 points and four steals for the Lakers. Curtis Pierce led Potsdam with 17 points followed by Benjamin Walker and Edward Cross with 11 points each.
Oswego State will face Plattsburgh on Saturday with tip-off at 4 p.m.
Box Score: http://www.oswego.edu/athletics/teams/mens_basketball/statistics/0910stats/011510mb.htm