BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Freshman Jeremiah Sparks set a career-high with 32 points and senior Joe Sullivan scored all 22 of his points in the second half to lead the Oswego State men’s basketball team to an 85-79 victory over Moravian College on Sunday in the Steel Club Classic.
Sparks (13) and senior Brandan Gartland (11) each hit double digits in points in the first half to rally Oswego State from a nine-point deficit in the early going.
The Greyhounds (6-6) took a 15-6 lead just seven minutes into the game.
Oswego countered with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes behind five points each from Sparks and Gartland to tie the score at 19-19.
In the final seven minutes of the half, Moravian started a 5-0 run before a 9-1 Oswego spurt gave the Lakers a 28-25 lead at the break.
Behind nine points from Sullivan, Oswego State continued its hot start to second halves this season by pushing out to a 14-point lead at 53-39 with 13:06 left in the contest.
Moravian grabbed momentum with a 17-4 run that cut the Laker lead to 57-56 with 8:27 left.
The Lakers pushed the lead back out to six before an 8-0 run by the Greyhounds gave them their first lead of the second half at 64-62 with 4:32 to go.
After two ties and three lead changes, Sparks hit a three and Sullivan made a pair of layups to give the Lakers the late game separation they needed.
In the contest, Oswego State shot 37-of-38 from the free-throw line.
Gartland finished with 15 points while freshman Kaleb Cook (4) and sophomore Hunter Cole (2) scored crucial points late in the contest to help secure the win.
Sparks added a team-high seven rebounds and he also blocked three shots.
C.J. Barnes paced Moravian with 29 points, and Greg Eck scored 23.
Moravian is coming off a 20-9 season in 2018-19 that saw it win the Landmark Conference and advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Oswego State (7-2) will play its first home game of the season on Friday when it faces Fredonia at 7:30 p.m. in Max Ziel Gymnasium.