November 27, 2021

Red Dragon women down Oswego

Win sets up showdown for first place tonight

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Cortland outscored Oswego in the third quarter, 18-6, to erase a three- point halftime deficit and the Red Dragons defeated the host Lakers, 52-40, in SUNYAC women’s basketball action Saturday.

Cortland improved to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the SUNYAC. The Red Dragons are off to their best start since a 13-1 beginning to the 2007-08 season. Oswego is now 6-6 overall and 2-4 in league play.

Beth Bonin led Cortland with 21 points and three assists. Shannon McGuire scored nine points, Meghan Flanagan finished with six points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, and Nyia Longford amassed six points, two steals and a team-high nine rebounds.

Sydni Eure ended with 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Lakers. Raiven Encarnacion added 13 points and three rebounds and Taylor Torchia posted nine points, four rebounds and team bests of four assists and four steals.

Cortland led 7-0 to start the game and held a 15-9 edge after one quarter. Oswego, however, outscored the Red Dragons by nine points in the second quarter and led 24-21 at the break.

Oswego’s lead grew to seven points in just over a minute to start the third quarter on baskets by Torchia and Encarnacion. Cortland answered with seven straight points, capped by a Bonin 3-pointer, to tie the game at 28. Eure hit a jumper at the 5:07 mark to put Oswego back on top, but the Red Dragons finished the quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 39-30 lead. Flanagan scored five points in that streak on a layup and 3-pointer.

Cortland extended the lead to 14 points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and led by double figures the rest of the game. The Red Dragons held Oswego without a made field goal from Eure’s basket with 5:07 left in the third until an Encarnacion jumper with 4:47 remaining in the fourth.

Cortland won despite shooting only 33 percent overall from the floor and 19 percent (5-of-27) from the arc. The Red Dragons, however, held Oswego to 31 percent overall from the field and 16 percent (3-of-19) from long distance.

The Red Dragons return to action when they host New Paltz on night at 5:30 p.m. in a battle of league unbeatens. The defending SUNYAC champion and a 2019 NCAA Sweet 16 team, the Hawks will enter the game 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the SUNYAC.

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Red Dragon men nipped, 68-66
Jeremiah Sparks scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as host Oswego held off Cortland, 68-66, in SUNYAC men’s basketball action.

Brendan Fitzpatrick led Cortland (9- 4, 3-3 SUNYAC) with a career-high 17 points and a career-high tying seven rebounds, along with four assists. He was 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Eric Edwards made 7-of-10 shots from the field and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

Austin Grunder ended with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Isaiah Preston and Ryan Schmadel each scored six points.

Sparks made 11-of-20 shots overall and 5-of-10 3-point attempts for Oswego, which improved to 11-2 overall and 5-1 in the SUNYAC. Brandan Gartland scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Joe Sullivan grabbed 13 rebounds. Liam Sanborn led the Lakers with five assists.

Oswego led by 14 points with 4:46 left in the half, but Cortland closed to within seven at 33-26 on a Fitzpatrick trey in the final seconds of the period.

The Red Dragons trailed by 12 with 16 minutes left but went on a 20-6 run to take a 50-48 lead with 9:57 remaining. Grunder and Fitzpatrick each scored six points and Ben Walters added five points during that span.

Sparks made three 3-pointer during a 9-0 Oswego run that put the Lakers up seven with 8:33 left. Cortland clawed back to within a point at 57-56 on an Edwards jumper with 6:24 left, and was still within a point when Edwards hit a shot at the 4:24 mark.

Sparks nailed a trey with 2:56 remaining and a layup with 38 seconds left to extend Oswego’s lead to six. Fitzpatrick converted a three-point play with 28 seconds left to cut the de cit in half, and Oswego missed the front end of a one-and-one with 26 seconds remaining.

Cortland missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and Sparks made two foul shots with seven ticks on the clock. Fitzpatrick, however, made a 3-pointer with about three seconds remaining to cut the Lakers’ lead to two. Oswego missed the front end of another one-and-one with just over two seconds left. Grunder grabbed the rebound, but his desperation 3-point heave from three-quarters court was off the mark as the horn sounded.

Both teams finished with 25 made field goals — Cortland ended 25-of-56 (45 percent) and Oswego was 25-of-67 (37 percent). The Lakers hit 11 3-pointers compared to nine by the Red Dragons, and both teams converted seven free throws. The teams combined for only 14 turnovers — five by Oswego and nine by Cortland.

Cortland will host New Paltz in a SUNYAC contest tonight at 7:30 p.m.