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Oneonta State 83 Cortland State 64
The Red Dragons played back and forth ball through the first 7 minutes of play when Cortland, up 17-15, put together a 14-2 run to break on top by 14 points at 31-17 with 6:37 left in the half. Those Red Dragons were still up by 12 points at 33-21, when they hit back to back 3 pointers, to boost their margin to 18 points. Cortland, with just under 3 minutes remaining in the period, seemed to be in control and it didn't look good for the team from Oneonta. Down 41-23, Oneonta held Cortland scoreless for the remainder of the half and got 5 straight points from Lawrence Coleman to fuel a 12-0 run, to bring them within 6 points at 41-35, heading into the break. What looked like a blowout was now a ballgame.
The game got even tighter as Mikey McElroy hit Oneonta's first 2 baskets of the 2nd half to make it a one possession game. Carrel Joseph hit a 3 pointer for Cortland, but McElroy responded with one of his own and Lawrence Coleman followed that with a hoop and harm to give Oneonta the lead at 47-46. It was their first lead since they were up 7-6 early in the game. Two ties and two more lead changes would follow and Cortland, down 65-62, would make it a 1 point game on a Joseph basket with exactly 4 minutes to go. Hard to believe but that would be the last point Cortland would score. McElroy buried a jumper and Coleman got another "and one" 3 point play. McElroy scored on a layup and Kevin Mackin nailed a 3 pointer and just like that the score was 75-64 with 1:55 to play. Coleman had a dunk on the next Oneonta possession and then he hit 4 of 4 from the line, sandwiching a Frankie Kelly layup, to close out Cortland 83-64. If you're counting, that was 18 straight points by Oneonta, to end the game.
Lawrence Coleman and Mikey McElroy shared scoring honors with 24 points each. Coleman grabbed 10 rebounds to give him a double-double and he added 2 assists,2 steals and a block.
McElroy was 10x13 from the field and 3x5 from long distance. He also had 4 rebounds, a block, a steal and 1 assist.
Jack Kolosky just missed a double-double as he captured rebounding honors with his game high 13 boards. He had 9 points, 3 blocks, 2 assists and a steal.
Frankie Kelly had 8 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Cortland was led by Carrel Joseph with 19 points and a team high 8 rebounds. He also had 2 blocks, 2 steals and 1 assist.
Nicky Bonura had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Oneonta outshot Cortland from the field 57.4% (31x54) to 37.5% (24x64). That's the story of the game right there. Cortland had 14 turnovers to 13 for Oneonta.
Oneonta moves into sole possession of 3rd place with a 6-2 conference record. They are 9-6 overall. They head west this weekend to face Buffalo State and Fredonia for the first time this season. The Bengals host them at 5:30 PM on Friday night.
Cortland falls to 11-5 overall and 6-3 in the YAC. They hold down the 4th spot in the standings a half game ahead of 5-3 Geneseo. Cortland is off until Saturday when they will host Oswego at 2:00 PM.