January 28, 2010


TC3 men win OT hoops battle

AUBURN — Clutch free-throw shooting by Michael Martin and Chris Cartwright helped Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball survive a scare Wednesday, winning 78-76 in overtime at Cayuga Community College.
Despite a late-game rally, the TC3 women fell 59-52 to Cayuga CC.
TC3 men 78, Cayuga CC 76, OT: TC3 (7-0 in the Midstate Athletic Conference and 14-3 overall) trailed 37-29 at the half and was behind 43-33 with 14:16 left in regulation. A 14-2 run capped by a pair of Martin free throws gave the Panthers the lead at 47-45 with 9:40 to go.
The visitors held a small lead until the final minute of regulation. After Martin put the Panthers up 65-62 with a pair of free throws in the closing minute, Cayuga (2-5, 6-15) converted a pair from the line to pull within one. Jonathon Charette made one of two free throws to give TC3 a 66-64 led with 15.8 seconds left, but the Spartans forced overtime with a basket in the closing moments of regulation.
Cayuga opened the scoring in the extra period, but TC3 responded with a lay-up from Cartwright and a pair of free throws Charleston Collins, Jr. to go up 70-68. The lead changed hands four more times with TC3 erasing Cayuga’s final advantage with a pair of Cartwright free throws to make it 74-74 with just over a minute left.
After a steal and basket by Charette gave TC3 the lead, Cayuga tied the game with 16.7 seconds remaining. The Panthers broke the Cayuga pressure, with Martin making a strong move to the basket and drawing a foul with 5.7 seconds left. The sophomore nailed both free throws, and when Cayuga’s final shot missed its target the Panthers had the win.
Josh Delfino posted a double-double of 12 points and 18 rebounds to pace the TC3 attack. Collins led the Panthers in scoring with 17 points while Cartwright was next with 15 points. Greg Mudge scored 12 points while Martin finished with 11.
The Panthers found out a day earlier they had achieved their highest ranking ever in the NJCAA Division III poll and their fourth consecutive week as one of the nation’s 10 best teams.
Bergen (N.J.) Community College is ranked first with a 20-0 record with three New York State Schools next in the poll. Sullivan County CC (16-0) and Herkimer County CC (16-2) are ranked second and third, respectively, followed by TC3 and Gateway Community College in Connecticut (14-3) rounding out the top five.
Cayuga CC women 59, TC3 52: Trailing by just two at the half, TC3 (8-9 overall, 3-4 MSAC) started the second half cold, falling behind by 12 midway through the period.
A rally brought the Panthers to within three points with just over two minutes to play, but Cayuga (13-8, 5-2 MSAC) was able to use a huge advantage at the foul line to seal the win. For the game, the Spartans made 17-of-20 free throws while TC3 only made four trips to the foul line, making two.
No Panther reached double figures in scoring or rebounds, with Alyssa Georgiade and Janelle Shipos tying for the team lead with eight points. Katie Currier pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.
Both TC3 teams host Finger Lakes CC Saturday, the women at 1 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m.