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TC3 Men's Basketball Can't Hold Second Half Lead in Home Loss
 November 28, 2012

Panthers Lose for Third Time; All Three Loses Have Come to Nationally-Ranked Teams

DRYDEN, N.Y. – A ten-point lead at the half wasn’t enough to overcome a brutally cold shooting second half Wednesday as the Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball team loss at home to Herkimer County Community College, 69-56. The Panthers are now 4-3 on the year, with all three losses coming to teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation. TC3’s Region III mark stands at 2-2. Herkimer improves to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in Region III.

The game opened well for the home team, with TC3 using a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 17-6 midway through the half. The margin was still 11 points at 22-11 moments later, and didn’t drop below five the rest of the half. A basket by Adam Park (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Lockwood) to close the half made it 35-25 for the home team.

The second half saw the two teams heading in opposite directions: TC3’s shooting percentage dropped from 31.6% in the first half to 21.1% in the second while Herkimer’s rose from 25.8% to 41.9%. Herkimer opened the second half with an 8-0 run to pull within two at 35-33, and then score five of the next seven to take the lead. The visitors pushed ahead, leading 50-41 at the midpoint of the half.  The Panthers were able to get it back to four points twice, the last coming with 4:40 left, but another 8-0 run for Herkimer sealed the victory for the Generals.

Devin Redden (St. Mary’s H.S./Buffalo) led TC3 with 18 points while Brandon Reed (Corcoran H.S./Syracuse) posted another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) had a balanced stat line of seven points, nine rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

TC3 is back on the road this weekend, taking part in Corning’s Tarantelli Classic. The Panthers open the tournament Saturday against Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus.

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