Saturday, 23 February 2019 23:11

Oswego Basketball Wins Double OT Thriller to Advance to SUNYAC Title Game

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The top-seeded Oswego State men's basketball team battled to a double-overtime 73-69 victory over No. 5 Oneonta in the second semifinal game in the SUNYAC Championship on Friday night.

Oswego's victory snapped an impressive six-game win streak for the Red Dragons and sets up a championship battle with No. 3 Brockport for Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS

Result: Oswego 73, Oneonta 69

Location: Max Ziel Gymnasium – Oswego, N.Y.

Records: Oswego 21-5  |  16-11

HOW IT HAPPENED

In a true back-and-forth contest, neither team led by more than six points at any point in a tilt that featured 17 leads changes and 14 ties.

Tyler Pierre was crucial down the stretch after sitting for 12 minutes of the second half with foul trouble.

The senior scored 15-straight points, spanning from the final minute of regulation into the middle of the second overtime period, outscoring Oneonta by three during that time.

Pierre finished with a team-high 21 points and five rebounds to go along with a block and a steal. That block was pivotal as it stopped Oneonta from scoring the go-ahead bucket with less than 10 seconds left in the first overtime.

Joe Sullivan, Liam Sanborn and Brandan Gartland played all 50 minutes for the Lakers, each scoring in double-figures.

Sullivan had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Sanborn missed the same plateau by just two boards (15 pts.).  Gartland finished with 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor and a perfect night from the charity stripe (4-for-4).

Oneonta had five players score in double-figures on the night, paced by Andres Rivera's game-high 23.

Joining Rivera were Harrison Deegan, Dylan Trombley, Joseph Bull and Carson Jacobs, with all four of the quartet scoring 11 points.

Bull missed a double-double by just one rebound while Deegan led all players with five assists.

The Red Dragons had better shooting percentages from all three areas of the floor while the Lakers had a distinct advantage on the glass (44-31).

Of Oswego's plus-13 margin on the glass, eight came on the offensive boards (16-6) to extend possessions and win the second-chance points battle (13-7).

WHAT'S NEXT

The Lakers and Golden Eagles will play for the SUNYAC Championship title at 4 p.m. on Saturday on Oswego's home court.

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