OSWEGO — The Oswego State men’s basketball team has released its 2019-20 schedule, which features 25 regular-season games. Of those 25 games, nine of them will be hosted by the Lakers in Max Ziel Gymnasium while 18 of the contests will be part of State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play.
The Lakers kick off their season at the Elmira College tip-off tournament Nov. 15-16. Oswego State will face Ithaca College on Nov. 15, and then take on either Elmira College or Keystone on Nov. 16.
Another road tournament the Lakers are competing in is the Moravian College Steel Club Classic Jan. 4-5. Oswego States goes up against Montclair State (Jan. 4) and Moravian (Jan. 5).
Oswego State’s home opener isn’t scheduled until Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. against Fredonia. On the following day, the Lakers take on Buffalo State at 4 p.m.
All of Oswego State’s home games are SUNYAC matchups. The rest of the home slate is against Cortland (Jan. 18), Oneonta (Jan. 21), New Paltz (Feb. 4), Plattsburgh (Feb. 14), Potsdam (Feb. 15), Geneseo (Feb. 21), and Brockport (Feb. 22).
The Lakers’ SUNYAC away games are Brockport (Dec. 6), Geneseo (Dec. 7), New Paltz (Jan. 14), Potsdam (Jan. 24), Plattsburgh (Jan. 25), Buffalo State (Jan. 31), Fredonia (Feb. 1), Cortland (Feb. 8), and Oneonta (Feb. 18).
Other nonconference road games for Oswego State include Clarkson (Nov. 19), Nazareth (Nov. 26), and St. Lawrence (Dec. 13).
The SUNYAC tournament will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 25, with first-round matchups at the higher seed’s site. The top seed of the tournament will host the SUNYAC semifinal round and the final on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29, respectively. The top six teams in the 10-team league will qualify for the playoffs.
The Lakers posted a 15-3 SUNYAC mark last season and finished 24-6 overall. They defeated Brockport 55-50 in the SUNYAC Tournament title game to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Oswego State defeated Salem State (72-59) and Baldwin Wallace (75-71, OT) to advance to the round of 16 before falling 78-61 to Marietta College.