HUDSON -- Niagara County Community College pulled away from a close game with a late second half run and went on to defeat Columbia-Greene Community College, 91-72, to win the Goldberg Classic championship on Saturday afternoon.
Niagara, a Division II junior college that won 27 games a year ago, seemed to be on the verge of breaking the game wide open several times, but each time the Twins would fight back to stay within striking distance.
The Thunder Wolves built a 42-32 lead by halftime and kept the lead in double digits for most of the second half until the Twins rallied, cutting the deficit to 63-57 with 748 to go in the contest.
Following a timeout by coach Bill Beilein, Niagara flipped the switch and went on a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach for good.
Myles Ukoh stepped up and nailed five three-pointers for the Twins and finished with a team-high 22 points. Rande Harper and Cameron Thomas both had 11.
Marcellus Cooper led Niagara with 22 points, including five thunderous dunks. Nick Scantlebury chipped in with 18.
SUNY Orange, which dropped a 71-63 decision to Niagara in Friday's opening round of the tournament, defeated Word of Life, 109-56, in the consolation game.
Niagara's William Kondrat was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Columbia-Greene (1-1) plays host to Tompkins Cortland Community College on Saturday at 2 p.m.
NIAGARA (91): Scantlebury 5-5-18, Anderson 1-1-4, Luckman 2-2-8, Kondrat 4-1-9, Petit-Homme 3-1-8, Simeon 2-0-5, Adams 4-1-9, Cooper 9-4-22, Pollard 3-0-6. Totals 33-15-91.
3-pointers: Scantlebury 3, Pollard 2, Luckman 2, Anderson, Pettit-Homme, Simeon.
C-GCC (72): Rodgers 2-1-6, McIntosh 2-3-7, Thomas 3-5-11, Harper 4-2-11, Ukoh 7-3-22, Davis 3-3-9, Hedgepeth 2-1-6. Totals 23-18-72.
3-pointers: Ukoh 5, Rodgers, Harper, Hedgepeth.