Red-Hot Shooting Propels Men’s Basketball Past Cazenovia 109-59

Six players reached double figures as the Oswego State men’s basketball team reached the 100-point plateau in a 109-59 victory over host Cazenovia on Friday night. The Laker offense started the contest on an 11-0 run to set the tone as it shot a blazing 61.3 percent from the field on 46-of-75 shooting and went 15-for-18 from the free throw line for 83.3 percent. Oswego State moved to 4-3 on the season, while Cazenovia fell to 0-9 overall.

The Lakers made five of their first six shots to start the game with an 11-0 lead capped off by a Jose Uribe (Jr., Queens, N.Y.) three-point shot. Oswego State continued to hit shot after shot until it found itself ahead 53-23 at the halftime intermission after shooting 63.9 percent and limiting the Wildcats to 23.5 percent.

Halftime did not slow down the Lakers as Chad Burridge (So., Hannibal, N.Y.) opened the second stanza with a dunk on their first possession. Cazenovia improved from the floor going 13-for-29 at 44.8 percent, but was never able to cut the deficit to less than 30 points as Oswego State cruised to the 109-59 win.

Burridge paced the Laker offense with 20 points followed by Chris Gilkes’ (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.) double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Other Oswego State players to reach double figures included Jose Uribe with 17 points, Stanley Francois (Sr., Valley Cottage, N.Y.) with 16 points, Brenden Nollet (Fr., Hannibal, N.Y.) with 12 points, and Conor Monaghan (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 10 points. Malik Arnold and Cameron Smith tallied 13 points each for the Wildcats. The Lakers also continued their dominance on the boards as they collected 50 rebounds compared to 24 for Cazenovia.

Oswego State will start 2010 on Tuesday, Jan. 5 against St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y. at 8 p.m.

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