January 13, 2012


Big second half carries TC3 men past Jefferson


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
TC3’s Tyrone Clark splits Jefferson CC defenders Adam Warner (3) and James Blue (1) Thursday night in Dryden. Clark had 15 points in the Panthers’ 80-67 victory.

DRYDEN — A huge 50-point second half enabled the Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball team rally for an 80-67 home court win over Jefferson CC on Thursday night.
Guard Jailaan Kinsey had a stellar 30-point outing — one of four Panthers to score in double digits — as the Panthers improved to 2-0 in the Mid-State Conference and 6-6 overall. The former Jamesville-DeWitt guard also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals on the night for Coach David Stevenson’s squad.
Watertown’s Jefferson CC falls to 6-9 overall, 1-1 in Mid-State play.
In the women’s prelim between the same two schools, Jefferson CC defeated TC3 by a 65-55 count.
TC3 Men 80, Jefferson CC 67: Jefferson led 40-30 at the half, but TC3 opened the second half with a 10-0 run to tie the score at 40-40 just two and a half minutes into the second. Jefferson responded to take a 46-41 lead, but TC3 used a 10-4 run to take the lead at 51-50 on a lay-up by Kenechi Martins with 11:20 left in the game.
Jefferson again answered, scoring five straight and eventually holding a 59-54 lead, but TC3 rallied to tie the game at 65-65 with just over five minutes left and continued on a 10-0 run capped by a Tyrone Clark jumper to make it 73-65 with 2:45 left on the clock.
The lead never dropped below six the rest of the way and the Panthers sealed the win by hitting 7-of-8 from the free throw line over the final 70 seconds.
Clark tossed in 15 points while recording five steals, four assists and three rebounds. Martins and Brandon Reed each scored 11 points, while James Tucker grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Floyd Leroy posted a strong line of six points, six rebounds, five assists, a block, and a steal in his season debut.
Tom Kelso paced the Cannoneers with 19 points and 20 rebounds. Adam Warner chipped in with 14 points while Derrick Williams and Jabriel Blue netted 12 and 10 points respectively.
Jefferson CC 65, TC3 Women 55: TC3 women are now 3-9 overall and 0-2 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Jefferson is 3-12 overall and 1-1 in the MSAC.
The game was close for the opening 10 minutes of the game with TC3 taking a 17-16 lead on a three-point play by Keisha McBean with 10:01 left in the half. Jefferson answered with a 14-3 run to take a 30-20 lead en route to a 37-28 halftime advantage.
Jefferson pushed the lead to 16 points at 53-37 midway through the second half before TC3 put together a run of its own. Led by six points from McBean, the Panthers pulled to within four at 54-50 with just under eight minutes left, but couldn’t get any closer as Jefferson slowly pulled away for the ten-point win.
Y-Nasia Adams had another big game for the Panthers, scoring 20 points while grabbing 17 rebounds. McBean finished with 16 points, six assists and four rebounds. Kendra Wagstaff nearly posted a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.
Jefferson got balanced scoring from Joelle Percy with 21 points, Morgan Kiernan 18 and Sarah Maxon 15 points. Kiernan completed a double-double with a dozen rebounds.
TC3 travels to Broome CC Saturday in Binghamton. The women tip-off at 1 p.m. with the men slated to play at 3 p.m.
Red Dragons Court Hosts
The SUNY Cortland men’s and women’s basketball teams will end a recent home stand with games Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Corey Gymnasium.
Cortland women will be taking on first place Oneonta at 6 p.m. this evening to get things underway at Corey Gymnasium. The Red Dragons (8-5) are riding a two-game winning streak, including a victory over defending conference champion Geneseo this past Saturday.
Cortland men are looking to snap out of a two-game losing slump, the Red Dragons (8-4) taking on Oneonta at 8 p.m.
On Saturday afternoon, New Paltz visits Cortland for a pair of conference encounters — with the women tipping off at 2 p.m. and the men going at 4 p.m.
Guard Brittany Cohen was named the SUNYAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. The senior out of Jamesville-DeWitt averaged 17.5 points and five assists per game in two Cortland victories last week.
She scored 17 points and dished out five assists in a 70-50 win at Clarkson and scored 18 points and handed out five assists in the 75-66 win over Geneseo. Cohen leads the Red Dragons this season with 14.3 points and 5.2 assists per game.


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