Burridge leads Oswego St. to OT win
Lakers move on after rallying from 13-point second-half deficit
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- It took yet another huge comeback, but Oswego State is moving on to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament for the second consecutive year following a 72-71 overtime win against Endicott at Max Ziel Gym on Friday night.
The Lakers trailed by 13 points in the early stages of the second half and by four with less than two minutes left in regulation. However, the Lakers had all the momentum when Chad Burridge created a jump shot to cut the lead to 66-64 with 1:37 remaining.
Following an Endicott miss on the other end, Conor Monaghan was fouled while grabbing the rebound and his two free throws tied the game with 1:03 to play.
Endicott next committed its 17th turnover of the game, handing the ball back to Oswego with 45 seconds remaining.
The Lakers worked the ball inside to Burridge as the shot clock ran down. The senior missed a contested lay-up and the scrum for the rebound was called a jump ball. However, with just one second left on the shot clock, the Lakers could not get a decent shot off.
Endicott put the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Lance Greene, on their final possession, but Burridge drew a charge in the lane and got the ball back for Oswego with 2.3 seconds left on the clock.
Burridge threw a long pass from the far baseline to Hayden Ward at the top of the key, who caught the ball and drove to his left, drawing a foul as time expired with the score tied at 66-66.
However, the 76 percent free throw shooter, who was 3 of 10 from the line in the game, missed both attempts, sending the game into overtime.
Greene drew a foul and scored the first points in overtime, but after Burridge matched the score on the other end, Greene committed yet another offensive foul. Greene was forced to the bench with five fouls after scoring 21 points.
With Greene on the out of the game, Endicott struggled to create offense. Meanwhile, Burridge backed his way into the lane to give the Lakers a 70-68 lead with 2:11 left in overtime.
Burridge blocked his third shot of the game on the next possession, but a Laker miss kept Endicott's hopes alive.
However, Endicott's 22nd turnover gave the Lakers the ball back with 37 seconds left. Another mistake by the Gulls followed when they did not respond to their coaches' request to foul the Lakers.
Burridge slammed home his second dunk of the game with five seconds left before Endicott hit a half court shot at the buzzer for a 72-71 final score.
Burridge finished with 30 points and seven rebounds, including a key 12 points in the first half. The Lakers were carried offensively by just three players throughout the game, one of the many uncharacteristic statistics from the game.
Sean Michele scored a career-high 19 points, while Ward finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The rest of the normally balanced Lakers combined for just five points.
Two other unusual issues for the Lakers were already obvious in the first half. Oswego was just two of 11 from 3-point range and three of six from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes.
The poor shooting by the Lakers and 12 points, on 3 of 3 shooting from beyond the arc by Endicott's Aaron Karkow, helped the Gulls pull in front 33-25 with a 6-0 run with four minutes left in the half. Karkow came in averaging just 5.2 points per game, but finished with 14 against the Lakers.
Oswego was able to stay keep the game close before halftime thanks to Ward scoring the final eight points of the half.
Up 37-31 at the half, Endicott grabbed all the momentum once again. The Gulls hit a pair of 3-pointers and went on an 11-2 run, taking a 48-35 lead, their largest of the game.
The Lakers turned to their senior captain to get them back in the game and Burridge responded. The third-leading scorer in school history scored the next 11 Laker points before Ward and Michele each hit big 3-pointers to cut the lead to 60-53 with 8:10 remaining in the half.
Michele hit his fourth 3-pointer with 4:12 left following a Laker offensive rebound, cutting the gap to just 62-59.
The two teams traded points for the next two minutes until Burridge's jumper and Monaghan's free throws tied the game with 1:03 left, setting the table for the wild finish.
Greene finished with 21 points to pace the Gulls, while Eric Callo had 14 rebounds and 12 points for the visitors.
While the Lakers won the turnover battle 20-9, the home team had just six assists in the game, another strange statistic for a winning Laker team.