Cortland basketball defeats Keystone to give Coach Spanbauer 400 Cortland wins

Cortland celebrates after head coach Tom Spanbauer earned his 400th career win in January. He now has 412 wins in his career.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Cortland opened the game on a 17-0 run and never looked back as the Red Dragons defeated Keystone College, 107-79, during the opening day of the St. John Fisher Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Tournament. The win is the 400th at Cortland for 24th-year head coach Tom Spanbauer, who is now 400-240 on the Red Dragons’ bench and 412-253 in 25 career seasons, including one at Alfred University.

Cortland (7-2) will face either St. John Fisher or Alfred State in Sunday’s championship game at 3 p.m., while Keystone (0-11) will play in the consolation game at 1 p.m.

Nicky Bonura (Mount Kisco/Fox Lane) led Cortland with 20 points, including 5-of-12 shooting from 3-point range, and also added three assists. Ryan Schmadel (Oriskany) finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks. He made 4-of-8 treys. Ricardo Dominguez (New York City/Our Saviour Lutheran) totaled career bests of 14 points (5-of-7 field goals) and four assists and William Lee Moore (Rochester/Greece Olympia) also posted career highs with 10 points (4-of-5 field goals) and eight rebounds.

Also for the Red Dragons, Justin Cooper (Pine Plains/Stissing Mountain) tallied nine points, seven rebounds and five assists, Zach Lydon (Elizaville/Stissing Mountain) had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks, and Rahim Akinwunmi (Elmont/Sewanhaka) registered career highs of eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

Ray Mills scored 22 points and Derrick Donigan had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Giants. Austin Smith added 13 points and Javonte Matthews chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.

Cortland led 17-0 in the game’s first four minutes. Bonura scored six points and Schmadel had five during that stretch. Keystone got back to within 25-13 over the next five minutes, but Cortland pushed its lead to 46-19 on a Moore 3-pointer with 4:58 left in the half and led 54-33 at intermission.

Cortland’s lead was at least 17 points the entire second half. The Red Dragons led by as many as 38 points at 103-65 on two Akinwunmi free throws with 2:30 remaining before Keystone finished the game on a 14-4 run.

For the game Cortland shot 16-of-42 from the arc and 54 percent (37-of-69) overall, as well as 17-of-19 from the foul line. Cortland’s 107 points are its highest total since a 108-105 overtime win versus Buffalo State in the 2011-12 season and the most in regulation since scoring 107 points at home versus Oneonta in the 1997-98 school year.

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