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TC3 Men's Basketball Clinches Conference Regular Season Title
 February 14, 2013

Panthers Beat Onondaga to Capture MSAC and Give Coach Stevenson 100th Win

DRYDEN, N.Y. – The Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball team clinched the Mid-State Athletic Conference regular season title Wednesday with a 101-91 home win over Onondaga Community College. The win improves TC3 to 10-1 in the MSAC and 18-4 overall, and secures the #1 seed in the upcoming MSAC playoffs. TC3 will get a first-round bye in the playoffs and then host the conference final four next Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23. The loss drops Onondaga to 15-11 overall and 5-6 in the MSAC.

The game opened with Onondaga on fire from the field. The Lazers jumped ahead 16-9 just four minutes into the game and held the lead most of the half as Onondaga shot 51.4% from the field, including connecting on six three-pointers. The Panthers finally caught up and tied the game at 45-45 with 2:16 left in the half and took a 52-49 lead in to the half.

The home team scored the first eight points of the second half as part of a 19-2 run that gave the Panthers a 71-51 lead with 14:40 left on the clock. The advantage remained in double figures, peaking at 24 points with four minutes left to play, before Onondaga put together a late rally - again powered by hot shooting - that got the lead down to nine points in the final minute. Onondaga finished the game with 12 three-pointers, but the Panthers sealed the win over the final minutes with a key three-point play by Brandon Reed (Corcoran H.S./Syracuse), and big free throws from Reed and Jaanai Beckford (Northstar Christian Academy/Yonkers).

Devin Redden (St. Mary’s H.S./Buffalo) led TC3 with 22 points with Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) next with 21 points to go with six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Beckford totaled 16 points, nine rebounds, three assist, and three steals and Reed finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and two steals.

The win also marked a milestone for the TC3 men’s basketball program and head coach Dave Stevenson. The victory marks the 100th win for teams coached by Stevenson, the most wins for any coach in the history of TC3 basketball.

TC3 plays at Cayuga Community College Saturday in the regular season finale.

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