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TC3 Men's Basketball Opens Conference Play with 19-Point Win
 January 8, 2013

Panthers Beat Finger Lakes 75-56

DRYDEN, N.Y. – The Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball team opened Mid-State Athletic Conference play Tuesday with a 75-56 home win over Finger Lakes Community College. The Panthers, playing for the first time in a month, improve to 9-3 overall with the win. Finger Lakes drops to 0-12 overall and 0-1 in the MSAC.

The lead changed hands 12 times in the opening minutes, and the score was tied four times. The final deadlock came at 18-18 with just under eight minutes left in the half, and was broken by a 12-0 TC3 run that featured points from four different scorers. The run helped power the Panthers to a 34-24 lead at the half.

The visiting Lakers came out of the locker room strong, cutting the lead in half over the first four minutes. The margin dropped to four points at 40-36 and again at 44-40, but Laszlo Hajnoczi (Hunter-Tannersville H.S./Tannersville) put together an impressive run of eight straight points on a pair of three-pointers sandwiched around a layup to put the Panthers back in control. After Finger Lakes again cut into the lead, pulling to 54-49 with 7:39 left, Jaanai Beckford (Northstar Christian Academy/Yonkers) scored nine and Brandon Reed (Corcoran H.S./Syracuse) had four in a 14-2 run to make it 68-52, essentially securing the win with just over four minutes to play.

Eight different Panthers scored, including six that made at least one three-pointer, and 11 different Panthers had a rebound in a balanced effort. Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) led the team with 19 points to go with six assists, and four rebounds. Beckford posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds and Hajnoczi poured in 14 points while grabbing eight boards. Todd Smith (Crosby H.S./Waterbury, Conn.) finished with a team-high eight assists.

TC3 plays at Jefferson Community College Thursday.

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