Big Second Half Powers Panthers to Win
Dryden—A huge second half helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball team rally for an 80-67 win over Jefferson Community College Thursday night. The win ups TC3's record to 6-6 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Jefferson is 6-9 overall and 1-1 MSAC.
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 layup by Kenechi Martins (Samuel J. Tilden H.S./Brooklyn) 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 (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) 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.
Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) had a big game for the Panthers, leading four scorers in double digits with a game-high 30 points to go with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Clark tossed in 15 points while recording five steals, four assists, and three rebounds. Martins and Brandon Reed (Corcoran H.S./Syracuse) each scored 11 points, while James Tucker (Saratoga Springs H.S./Saratoga Springs) grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Floyd Leroy (Albertus Magnus H.S./Spring Valley) posted a strong line of six points, six rebounds, five assists, a block, and a steal in his season debut.
TC3 plays at Broome Community College Saturday.