February 1, 2010


Double overtime delight for Dragons

GENESEO — Trailing by four points in the final minute of regulation, the chances for SUNY Cortland men to extend their basketball winning streak to five straight games seemed pretty slim Saturday afternoon.
But the Red Dragons recovered from that dire predicament to pull out a dramatic 87-73 double overtime victory over host Geneseo to remain a game out out of first place in the SUNY Athletic Conference standings.
Baskets from senior center Paul Oliver and junior Dusty Marshall in the waning moments of regulation got the Red Dragons into overtime during this visit to Schrader Gymnasium, Marshall tying the game by scoring after grabbing an offensive rebound in the final seconds.
After both teams missed chances to win the game in the final minute of the first five-minute overtime session, Cortland scored the first 11 points in the second OT — freshman point guard Jesse Winter with eight of those points — to finish off this great escape.
Cortland is now 8-3 in the SUNYAC standings and a game behind Brockport, with a 12-6 overall record.
Marshall finished with 20 points and career-highs of 10 rebounds and eight assists. Oliver also scored 20 points before fouling out in overtime and grabbed nine rebounds.
Sophomore Brian Manning matched his career high with 14 points off the bench, while Winter finished with 13 points. Senior forward Ben Nagle turned in a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Kyle Stevens led five Geneseo double-figure scorers for Geneseo (4-7 SUNYAC, 5-13 overall) with 17 points and Brandon Simpson scored 16 points.
Cortland led 7-2 to start the game, but Geneseo scored the next six points and Cortland did not lead again the rest of regulation. The Red Dragons stayed close, however, as the Knights’ lead was never more than eight points.
The Red Dragons pulled within two at 59-57 on Nagle’s three-point play with 1:16 left in regulation, but Stevens hit a layup with 38 seconds left to make it a two-possession game.
An Oliver layup with 28 seconds cut the deficit to two and Geneseo missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 25 seconds remaining. Winter missed a jumper with six seconds left but Marshall grabbed the offensive rebound and hit the tying jumper from the left baseline with less than three seconds remaining to tie the game.
Cortland led 65-63 with 2:13 left in the first overtime after an Oliver layup, but Mike Baker sank two free throws with 57 seconds left to tie the game. Following a Cortland miss, Geneseo had a chance to win the game but Simpson’s short jumper rolled around the rim and off with two seconds left.
Cortland then dominated the second overtime, scoring 22 points, to put the game away.
The Red Dragons shot 24-of-27 (89 percent) from the foul line, including 13-of-14 in the two overtimes. Geneseo, conversely, was only 3-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Cortland plays its third straight road game Tuesday, looking to avenge an earlier loss when it travels to New Paltz.