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TC3 Men's Basketball Comes Up Short Against Nation's #2
 November 7, 2012

Panthers Fall to Delhi 60-51

DRYDEN, N.Y. – The #2-ranked team in the nation was too much for the Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball team Tuesday as the Panthers dropped a home game to SUNY Delhi, 60-51. The loss evens TC3’s record at 1-1 on the season while Delhi improves to 3-0.

The two teams traded baskets over the first five minutes before Delhi used a 10-0 run to lead 19-9 after 15 minutes of play. The Panthers chipped away over the final few minutes of the half, with Caleb Wright (Cortland H.S./Cortland) scoring the final bucket at the buzzer off an assist from Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) to pull within five, 31-26.

The first few minutes of the second half saw Delhi reestablish the double digit lead at 38-28. TC3 again came back, scoring six straight to pull within four with 15 minutes left to play, but Delhi responded by stretching the lead back to double figures, this time peaking at 14 points at 50-36 with 8:26 left in the game. One final rally brought the Panthers back to within four at 55-51 with just over two minutes left, but three turnovers over the final two minutes helped seal the home team’s fate.

The low-scoring game saw just one Panther reach double figures in scoring: Lyles led TC3 with 13 points to go with four assists. Laszlo Hajnoczi (Hunter-Tannersville H.S./Tannersville) had seven points, seven rebounds, and three blocks. Brandon Reed (Corcoran H.S./Syracuse) and Todd Smith (Crosby H.S./Waterbury, Conn.) each had seven points for the Panthers.

TC3 travels to Pennsylvania Saturday for a non-regional game at Northampton Community College.

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