The Oswego State University Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 1st in the NCAA Division III East Region standings on February 28th.
The Lakers ended their season with an overall record of 24-5. Oswego State faced Rhode Island College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and lost 71-63.
The Lakers’ Season
The Lakers had a Cinderella season as they won 24 games, made it to the semifinals of the State University of New York Athletic Conference Playoffs, and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The loss to Rhode Island ended their dream season, but it was a hard fought game. Rhode Island shot 55.3% from the field, making 21 of 38 shots.
All five starters combined to score all the team’s points with the exception of four. The Lakers shot 36.5% from the field, making 19 of 52 shots, but went 21 of 26 from the free throw line for 80.8%. The game was tied with 12 minutes left to play, until Rhode Island went on a 6-0 run.
The Lakers would get to within 5 points, but that would be as close as they would get. Head Coach Adam Stockwell leads the team but depends on Chad Burridge and Hayden Ward to win games.
About The Team
Head Coach Adam Stockwell is in his second season with the Lakers. Is his first season with Oswego State, he guided them to a 13-13 overall record and qualified for the SUNYAC Playoffs. This season Stockwell guided the Lakers to an overall record of 24-5, showing vast improvement over last season.
With his leadership, the team also saw a 16-game win streak, No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, and an NCAA tournament appearance. Stockwell was named this season’s SUNYAC Coach of the Year and NABC East District Coach of the Year.
Junior Chad Burridge was named as this season’s SUNYAC Player of the Year, as well as All-SUNYAC First Team. He was also named to the D3Hoops.com All-East Region First Team, NABC All-America First Team, NABC East District Player of the Year, and ECAC Division III Upstate Player of the Year. Burridge averaged 18.4 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, and led the Lakers to a 17-1 conference record.
He shot 48% from the floor and totaled 31 blocks in conference play. Burridge has 1,361 career points to go long with his 192 rebounds. This season alone, Burridge scored over 500 points. Sophomore Hayden Ward was named to the All-SUNYAC Third Team. He averaged 10.6 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Ward was 49.2% from the field and second on the team for total rebounds with 176.
About The School
Oswego State University Of New York is located in Oswego, NY. There are more than 8,300 students enrolled at the university that study one of the 110 majors, minors, cooperative and graduate programs. About 4,300 students live on campus and call Oswego State home.