CORNING - Finger Lakes Community College edged Corning Community College 97-94 on a Shane Fanning buzzer-beating 3-pointer with two seconds left in overtime at Wayne Kenner Court Saturday.
The Lakers and Red Barons traded baskets the first 12 minutes, then Finger Lakes went on a 21-6 five-minute run powered by five points from Keon Dunbar and Trayvon Holt that gave FLCC its biggest lead of the contest at 44-27.
Corning responded with a 13-2 run in the last two minutes of the first half on two triples from Christian Simmons and two baskets from Isaiah Jennings to pull to 46-40 at the break.
"They just fought," Corning head coach Isaac Bushey said. "They had to play extremely hard after that run (by FLCC) to come back and they did."
In the second half, Finger Lakes looked to have taken back control by stretching its lead to 11 in the first two minutes.
The Red Barons went on a mini 6-2 run in 1:24 to pull within five at 53-48 with 16:24 left in the game.
Then Finger Lakes went on a 12-5 run in the next four minutes that upped its lead to 65-53.
The lead would stay above nine points until the 9:42 mark when the Red Barons started to make a run.
Down 73-65, Corning put together an 18-6 run in six minutes led by Jennings, who netted 10 of the points that found the Red Barons up 83-79 with 3:43 remaining.
"We switched defenses, we played with more intensity in the 1-3-1 (zone) than we did in man," Bushey said. "That led to turnovers that fueled our offense and gave us the lead when our shots weren't falling."
This time it was the Lakers' turn to respond. Fanning and Elijah Idlet netted back-to-back buckets to give Finger Lakes an 84-83 lead with 3:03 to play.
After one free-throw from Jon Ward tied the game at 84, Simmons put the Red Barons up 86-84 and Raequan Scott drew a key charge that gave Corning the ball back with 1:53 to go.
Dunbar jumped the passing lane for the Lakers the ensuing Red Barons possession and scored on a fast-break layup to tie the game at 86 with 1:33 to go.
Corning responded when Ward found room inside for a layup on an assist from Scott that put Corning back up 88-86 with 1:19 to go.
Nyquan Combs tied the game at 88 with 11 seconds left for Finger Lakes on a layup.
After a Corning timeout, Scott rimmed out on a left-wing three-pointer as time expired that sent that game into overtime.
"We drew it up to get the ball in his hands," said Bushey. "He's hit big shots all year for us, we all thought he made it."
In the extra frame, Jennings started off with a layup that put the Red Barons up 90-88 followed by a bucket from Enrique Mosman 20 seconds later that tied the game again.
Jennings netted another bucket which gave Corning a 92-90 lead with 2:16 to play.
After a few empty possessions, Mosman tied the contest at 92 with 56.8 seconds to go and after a Red Baron turnover, Dunbar put the Lakers up 94-92 with 29 seconds left.
Scott found Jennings on a drive to the basket as he flipped up a mid-post shot with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 94-94.
The next possession, Fanning broke free in the left corner and drilled a game-winning 3-pointer on a Dunbar pass that gave Finger Lakes the 97-94 victory.
Jennings netted a career-high 42 points for the Red Barons and grabbed 10 rebounds.
"The kid has come in and worked hard, and is really hitting his stride right now," Bushey said. "That's what he's capable of, he shoots free-throws well, he's finished well inside all year for us and he's our leading rebounder."
Ward added 17 points and had 11 rebounds and Simmons chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Corning falls to 12-9 with the loss.