Oswego State returns to the court Friday night coming off a 60-50 victory against Hartwick College on Sunday, and will look to start a winning streak with a win against a familiar non-conference foe, the St. Lawrence University Saints.
The Saints will be playing their first game of the season on Friday. Their first scheduled game on the road at SUNY Canton was postponed due to bad weather conditions.
St. Lawrence is a member of the Liberty League Conference. It finished with a 10-15 overall record during the 2013-14 season, including 6-10 within the conference. They finished seventh out of the nine teams.
The Lakers will look to go to 2-1 and push their record above .500 as they look to establish their season on good footing before facing tough SUNYAC opponents only two weeks from now. It would do them good to not be overconfident however, as SUNYAC opponents are not the only teams worth competing against. Head coach Jason Leone has stated that the Lakers dodge nobody in out of conference play.
Oswego State has played very good defense in its first two games, holding both opponents to under 60 points, giving up 57 to Elmira College and 50 to Hartwick. The Lakers must continue the strong defense tonight against the Saints to better their chances for victory. Certain Lakers are nursing injuries, but the healthy portion of the squad must hold down the fort as they have been tonight as well.
By the numbers:
13- This will be the 13th straight season the Lakers take on the Saints at least once during the season. The last season the Lakers did not play the Saints was the 2000-01 season. They will be looking for their third straight victory against the Saints as well.
11- Number of sophomore Brain Sortino, who was third team All-SUNYAC in his freshman year, was one of the Lakers key players during the Max Ziel Men’s Basketball Tournament and will look to keep up his good performance in this matchup.
36- In their first two games, the Lakers defense has done an excellent job. They have held their opponents so far to approximately 36 percent shooting in both games. They will look to play good defense against the Saints
7-The number of freshmen on the Saints team this season. Similar to the Lakers a season ago with plenty of freshmen and youth involved, the home side will look to get a jump on this young team early.
The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.