FREDONIA, NY – The nationally-ranked Oswego State men’s basketball team ended overtime on a 10-0 run to for a 67-62 victory over host Fredonia on Friday night in Steele Hall. Oswego’s win extends its season-opening win streak to seven, while also moving to a perfect 1-0 in the SUNYAC standings.
The Blue Devils fall to 1-6, 0-1 with Friday’s loss.
Tied at 57-57 at the end of regulation, Fredonia captured the first five point of the extra period. A layup at 3:15 to put the Blue Devils ahead 62-57 proved to be the home team’s last points of the night. Oswego notched the game’s next 10 points to secure the victory and remain unbeaten.
It was one of three major comebacks by the Lakers, who erased a seven-point first half deficit to lead 32-29 at the half. In the second period, Fredonia was able to gain a nine-point margin, only to see it disappear again at the hands of Oswego.
Brian Sortino was crucial in the come-from-behind triumph, scoring nearly half of the Laker points. The junior finished with 33 points, including a near perfect night at the charity stripe, shooting 11-for-12. He filled the stat sheet by adding three assists, two steals and two rebounds as well.
Oswego’s bench was also critical in the contest, as it outscored Fredonia’ 23-7.
Of those 23 points, 11 came from Keith Tyson, the only other Laker in double figures. Contributing to the bench dominance were Alex Rawa and Demetrius Mitchell, who both tallied five points on the night. Although the trio put points on the board, their largest effort may have come on the glass. Tyson tied for a game-high nine rebounds while Mitchell cleared eight and Rawa gathered six.
That combination, along with five other Lakers with rebounds, helped Oswego own the boards 36-33.
Defense was key, as one of the nation’s top scoring defenses held Fredonia to just 62 points in 45 minutes and forced 18 turnovers. Of those, Oswego was credited with 10 steals.
The Lakers, ranked No. 25 in the latest D3hoops.com poll, will put their unblemished record on the line at 4 p.m. on Saturday when it continues the SUNYAC slate with a game at Buffalo State.