January 26, 2012
TC3 men suffer first league loss
AUBURN — Losing a narrow lead over the final minute of play, the Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball team suffered its first league loss on Wednesday night.
Cayuga CC came up with a 68-64 victory over the first place Panthers in this Mid-State Athletic Conference contest, as the host Spartans scored the game’s final seven points from the free throw line line to erase a two-point deficit.
TC3 is now 5-1 in Mid-State play and 9-8 overall, while Cayuga CC evened its league record to 3-3 and stands 7-12 overall.
The Panthers started slowly, trailing early and at the half by 30-26. The second half saw TC3 come back to take the lead, holding a 61-58 advantage with 3:44 left to play. The Panthers moved ahead for the last time at 64-62 with 1:10 remaining, but went scoreless the rest of the way while Cayuga CC made six free throws to pull away.
Jailaan Kinsey paced the Panthers with 18 point while grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists. Tyrone Clark added 16 points, five boards, three assists, and three steals, and James Tucker poured in 10 points while pulling down a team-best seven rebounds.
Donald Lawes had 15 points and Dashawn Williamson 14 to lead Cayuga CC.
TC3 WOMEN were beaten 80-60 by Cayuga CC. The loss drops TC3’s overall record to 4-12 while the Panthers fall to 1-5 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.
Cayuga is now 5-15 overall and tied with TC3 in the MSAC with a matching 1-5 record.
Keisha McBean led TC3 in scoring with 23 points on a cold shooting night where the Panthers made just 20-of-75 shots from the floor. Ashley Coriolan followed with 13 points and Kendra Wagstaff added eight points while pulling down a team-best 10 rebounds in the loss.
Tyresha Mathis finished with 22 points to pace Cayuga CC.
TC3 teams host Finger Lakes CC Saturday in Dryden.
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