CORNING - Corning Community College used a strong first half to top North Country Community College 100-69 at home on Saturday in a non-conference matchup.

"Today was a fantastic example of stepping onto the floor 100% ready to play," Red Barons head coach Issac Bushey said. "Our defense in the first half was incredible, and when we are that tough to score on we are going to give ourselves a chance every night. Jon Ward and Sam Kelly each had a dunk in traffic which really set the tone for how aggressive we wanted to be, and the whole building fed off of that energy."

Corning wasted no time, leading 28-11 nine minutes in to the game and extending the lead to 40-13 in the next eight minutes.

Christian Simmons led the way for the Red Barons with 28 points, nine rebounds an five steals on 10-12 shooting from the field.

"Christian Simmons was a difference maker on the offensive end for us," Bushey said.

The Red Barons cruised in the second half, leading by as many as 42 points.

Sam Kelly had 15 points  and seven rebounds, Jon Ward added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jahlil Nouges chipped in 12 points and a career high seven assists for Corning.

The Red Barons improve to 2-1 with the win and will host Clinton Community College today at 1 p.m.