JOHNSTOWN - Kadeem Stanislas registered a triple-double Monday as the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Raiders put a halt to a two-game skid with a 78-69 victory over the Corning Community College Red Barons.
The Raiders (5-10 overall, 1-6 conference) had lost seven of their last eight games entering Monday's action, but they were able to get off to a quick start against Corning (8-9 overall, 4-1 conference).
Kenny Barr nailed his first of three three-pointers early in the first half to ignite a 7-0 FMCC run that gave them an 11-4 lead, but it was Stanislas who set the table midway through. Stanislas got into the lane for three straight FMCC layups and drained a jumper off of a feed from Carlos Rivera with 9:33 remaining in the half to put FMCC up by 10. The point guard was just getting started. Stanislas scored 13 points in the first half before going on to finish with 28. He added 10 assists and 10 rebounds to his remarkable performance.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Kadeem Stanislas, right, looks to make a move on Corning Community College’s Tyler Ladd late in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game at FMCC. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
"In the first half of the season Kadeem wasn't really playing like I thought he was capable of," said FMCC head coach Ed Collar. "This half of the season, especially with a couple of our starters not back for the second half, it's really been put on him and he's really responded."
Later in the half, Stanislas penetrated before kicking the ball out to Barr for another wide open three. On the Raiders' next possession, Khaleeq Baum laid one up and in to give FMCC their largest lead of the half at 33-21.
Sayquan Chambers was on fire for the Red Barons in the middle portion of the half. Chambers scored 14 of Corning's final 16 points of the frame, but a three from Stanislas with five seconds remaining gave FMCC a 39-28 halftime lead.
"Tonight we went man because man-to-man you have to step up and play with heart and stop your guy," said Collar. "We've been kind of spread out the last few games, but tonight we really closed the paint, closed the drive, and gave help to each other."
After a spirited defensive effort in the first half, the Raiders came out in the second half with a lack of urgency on the defensive end. Shaquan Bennett scored six points as part of an early 11-0 Corning run that cut their deficit to one. The Raiders promptly followed up with an 11-1 run of their own to regain control of the game. Dondre Davis and Marquis Edwards both drilled threes as part of the run, but Stanislas was once again poised to take over. Stanislas scored 13 of 15 FMCC points during a stretch midway through the half, including another three that pushed the Raiders' lead back to 12.
"It's nice to have a guy like that where whenever the game gets close and you need a key bucket, we run several sets for Kadeem because really he's been an impossible guard one-on-one for the other team," said Collar. "He can beat anybody one-on-one and he knows when to dish."
Stanislas found Rivera for a layup late in the half to maintain a double-digit lead, as Corning wasn't able to make a final run.
Baum and Barr joined Stanislas scoring in double figures with 14 and 13, respectively. Chambers finished with 19 points to lead Corning while chipping in 10 rebounds to pick up a double-double. He also added five assists.
FMCC will be back in action Wednesday at home against Columbia-Greene Community College.
The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College 78, Corning Community College 69
Stanislas 12-2-28, Baum 6-2-14, Barr 4-2-13, Rivera 4-0-8, T. Davis 3-1-7, D. Davis 1-0-3, Edwards 1-0-3, Simmons 0-2-2, Totals 31-9-78.
Chambers 6-5-19, Bennett 7-0-14, Teeter 5-2-13, Ladd 3-1-7, Small 3-0-6, Rose 2-0-4, Kepner-Card 1-0-2, Kleya 1-0-2, Van Brunt 1-0-2. 29-8-69.
3-point-goals: FMCC 6 (Barr 3, Stanislas 2, D. Davis, Edwards); Corning 3 (Chambers 2, Teeter)
Halftime: FMCC, 39-28.