DRYDEN — It wasn’t looking all that good for the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team after 20 minutes on Saturday.
Host Tompkins-Cortland Community College, which connected on 15 3-pointers in the contest, held a 48-39 halftime lead.
But with Kyree Hull and Bayron Carter leading the way, the Cougars (6-1, 4-1 Region III) poured in 54 second-half points and rallied for a 93-81 victory.
“I was really happy with the way we bounced back,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “We could have packed it in after the way they shot the ball in the first half. But it was nice to see us come back with a good win on the road.
“Before we left on the trip, we knew we were a good team. But we were going to find out how tough we were on the road.”
Tompkins-Cortland came out a determined team.
“They came out firing in the first half and hit 10-of-19 shots from 3-point range,” Daugherty said. “We got off to a little bit of a slow start. It was a long bus ride for us, even though I guess we shouldn’t use that as an excuse.
“But, defensively, they were all over us and forcing some turnovers.”
That, however, changed in the second half.
“We were able to respond and played outstanding basketball,” Daugherty said. “We really got at it and were outstanding on defense.
“We caused three turnovers in a row to start the second half out of our zone and we were hoping they wouldn’t shoot the ball like they did in the first half. That kind of came true for us.”
Hull led the way with 29 points, including 12 from the foul line, and 12 rebounds. Carter, meanwhile, finished with 23 points and dished out five assists.
Mykelle Krecko also had a big hand in the victory with 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots. Thomas Ryan was a perfect seven-for-seven from the field and chipped in with 14 points.