January 16, 2009


Dramatic Panthers late rally

BasketballBob Ellis/staff photographer
Chris Cartwright scored 40 points including the decisive free throws as TC3 topped Broome CC, 84-82.

DRYDEN — Rallying from 21-points down in the final seven minutes, the Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball team picked up a dramatic 84-82 win over visiting Broome CC Thursday night.
Two free throws from Chris Cartwright in the final seconds finished off a 40-point performance and produced the go-ahead points for the Panthers, who improved to 4-1 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference and 8-8 overall.
Broome CC is 0-3 in conference play, 4-11 overall.
TC3 led 37-34 at halftime before Broome ran off 10 unanswered points to grab the lead. The visitors’ advantage grew to a high of 21 points at 71-50 with 7:10 left to play, setting the stage for a dramatic rally.
A 10-0 TC3 run was started by a layup by Tynez Wilson and included 3-point baskets from Cartwright and Jonathon Charette. After pulling to within seven, Broome extended the margin back to 10 at 78-68 with 3:10 left.
The spread was 82-72 a minute later when Charleston Collins, Jr. converted a layup to start the final Panthers’ rally.
A pair of free throws by Charette followed by a steal and two more free throws from Cartwright made it 82-78 with 1:25 left. Seconds later Charette made two more free throws after a technical foul on the Broome bench, making it 82-80 heading into the final minute of play. A steal and layup by Cartwright tied the game with 44 seconds left, and after a Broome miss, TC3 had the ball in the closing seconds. With the clock under 10 seconds, Cartwright drove the lane, drawing a foul.
The freshman from Binghamton came through, making both to give TC3 its first lead since the opening moments of the second half. The game ended with TC3 picking up another steal, the team’s 13th of the game.
Cartwright scored 21 of his game high 40 points over the final seven minutes when TC3 outscored Broome 34-11, to go with eight rebounds and seven steals. Collins posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Center Tom Wilk, the former Cortland High all-league performer, had eight points, six rebounds and blocked two Broome shots.
Nicholas Kjaerholt led Broome with 20 points, one of four players in double figures for the visitors from Binghamton.
TC3 WOMEN pushed the eighth-ranked team in the nation to its limits, leading Broome CC for most the game before falling 65-61.
The Panthers (1-4 MSAC, 9-7 overall) held a 30-28 halftime lead that grew to 47-35 with 12:27 left to play. The lead was 57-48 with five minutes to go, but a Broome CC run cut it 58-56 with 1:57 left. A pair of free throws by Alyssa Georgiade pushed the TC3 lead to 60-56 with 1:31 left, but a Broome 3-pointer made the lead 60-59 heading into the final minute.
With 28 seconds to play, Broome (2-1, 10-2) converted a three-point play to take the lead at 62-60. Another Georgiade free throw three seconds later brought the Panthers to within one, but Broome sealed the win with three free throws in the closing seconds.
Jenn Iler led TC3 with 20 points. Katie Currier added 10 points and six rebounds. Michelle Tuetken had a solid game with seven points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Georgiade finished with seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
TC3 teams play at Hudson Valley CC Sunday.