The Corning Community College men's basketball team got a big win to open the season at home Tuesday as they beat NJCAA Division II Genesee Community College 81-72.
Corning played solid on the defensive end of the floor and used a very balanced offensive attack to earn the win. Tyler Collins scored 16 points and dished 8 assists, Shawn Wedderburn scored 14, Efrain DeJesus scored 13 and Ramel Powers added 11 points. Foster Clark grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds and added 9 points. Zeron Bratcher was a huge spark off the bench scoring 9 points.
Genesee took a three-point lead, 49-46, with 6 minutes left to play. Corning cut the lead to one and then the next possession, Collins had a steal and hit a streaking Bratcher up the sideline for a Corning hoop that put the Red Barons back on top for good. Collins, Clark and DeJesus went 6 for 6 from the charity stripe in the final 30-seconds of the game to seal the victory. The Baron defense held GCC to 3 of 20 form the three-point line and slowed down their transition game. The Cougars typically score 60% of their points in transition but Corning held them to 30% of their total points coming from transition buckets.
Corning travels to Jamestown Community College on Tuesday to face their second-straight NJCAA Division II opponent.