Josh Ivey and Tyler Pierre came up big for the Lakers down the stretch with 11 points between them to erase a six-point deficit with eight minutes remaining. Oswego trailed 37-31 prior to the duo dominating inside late.
In the first five minutes, the teams alternated buckets as Tim Marshall opened the scoring with a pair of threes and Ian Schupp knocked down a jumper to help Oswego to an 8-6 lead in the early going. Both teams were active on defense and the scoring was limited until freshman Liam Sanborn knocked down a three pointer with five minutes left in the half to extend the Oswego lead to 16-12. Oneonta countered with 12-0 run on a trio of layups, a 3-pointer, and a three-point play to open up a 24-16 lead at the half.
Oneonta held a 30-20 rebounding edge and outshot the Lakers 29-percent to 20-percent in the first half.
Just like the first half, both teams traded 3-point baskets to open the half as Jamir Ferebee sandwiched a pair around two Oneonta triples. A Brandan Gartland triple at the 12-minute mark cut the Oneonta lead to 32-25.
At the 8:37 mark, the scoring started to pick up as Sanborn hit a three to cut the lead to 34-28. Oneonta answered with a three before Schupp hit one of his own to cut the lead to six with a little over seven minutes left. A pair of Ivey free throws and an Oneonta turnover gave the Lakers a put-back basket that cut the lead to two at 37-35.
Pierre would tie the game up at 39 with four minutes left to play on a layup, assisted by Sanborn. With two minutes left, Sanborn secured loose rebound and was fouled on the play. He coolly drained both ends of the one-and-one to put Oswego up 41-39. Oneonta answered with a layup before Pierre and John Ivey both converted at the basket to put the Lakers up 45-41 with 30 seconds to play. A missed three by Oneonta and Ivey defensive rebound would secure the win.
It was a tale of two halves as Oswego outscored Oneonta 22-7 coming down the stretch in the last ten minutes of the game. Both teams played strong defense as Oswego held the Red Dragons to 24-percent while shooting only 27-percent themselves. Oneonta held a small rebounding edge at 49-47.
Ivey led Oswego with nine points and six rebounds while Sanborn and Schupp each added eight points in the win. Pierre had a team-high 11 rebounds.
The team is back in action Friday as they travel to Buffalo State for a 7:30 p.m. start.