SUNY Oneonta erased a six-point halftime deficit to come back and defeat host SUNY Cortland, 89-81, in State University of New York Athletic Conference men’s basketball Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Cortland took a 44-38 lead into halftime, and retained a three-point advantage with 2:52 remaining at 79-76. But a pair of layups from Oneonta senior Harrison Deegan, who scored 13 of his 21 in the second half, but the visitors ahead for good.
A 3-pointer from Dylan Trombley and a 6-for-7 performance at the line produced the final deficit as Cortland made just one of its last five field-goal attempts.
“Our guys stepped up big tonight,” Oneonta coach Cameron Conover said in a media release. “We fought the whole game and it seemed every time we got it to one or two points, Cortland would hit a three, but our guys didn’t flinch. We seemed to get tougher as the game went on and we made some key stops down the stretch while making some big shots when we needed them.”
Oneonta led early, but a 10-2 run put Cortland ahead for most of the first half. The hosts’ lead swelled to as many as nine in the second half, and junior Andres Rivera scored 11 of 14 Oneonta points in a stretch that saw his team eliminate a five-point deficit and tie it at 69.
Deegan finished tied for the game high, hitting eight field goals and going 4-for-5 from the line for his 21. He narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds, also collecting five assists and four steals.
Joseph Bull followed with 17 points on six field goals, totaling a double-double with 13 rebounds. Trombley (16 points), Rivera (13) and Kevin Mackin (12) made it five Oneonta players in double-figures.
Cortland’s Austin Gunder equalled Deegan with 21 points and collected a game-high 19 rebounds. Ben Walters had 16 points for Cortland (9-3, 3-2), followed by Ryan Schmadel with 15 and A.J. Lawton with 14.
Oneonta (8-3, 4-0) will visit Brockport at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
SUNY Cortland 69, SUNY Oneonta 41
Cortland used a 25-point fourth quarter to top O-State in a SUNYAC bout.
Oneonta trailed, 44-32, after three stanzas, and only slotted nine points in the final frame.
Cortland shot 37.9% from the field, including 61.54% in the fourth quarter.
Beth Bonin (15 points), Sarah Tully (13 points) and Shannon McGuire (12 points) led Cortland’s offensive attack.
O-State shot 28.8% from the field and 18.2% from long range.
Lauren Obermayer was O-State’s catalyst on offense as the freshman forward tallied 10 points.
Clara Culeton had six rebounds and three blocks, both team highs, and also contributed eight points.
SUNY Oneonta has now lost two in a row against its rivals, but holds a 6-4 record over its last 10 meetings with Cortland.
Cortland moves to 11-1 overall and 5-0 in conference action.
SUNY Oneonta (3-8, 0-4) will visit Brockport at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.