continued As if that wasn't enough, Cavanaugh made it five 3-pointers early in the second period, and he added a traditional three-point play as part of a decisive 15-2 run that also included key baskets from sophomores Jafar Kinsey and Rasheed Baker.
At the break, J-D held a 42-22 edge, with Cavanaugh having just two less points (20) than the entire Purple Tiger squad.
"That's what I needed to do to get the team going," said Cavanaugh.
Coleman, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, agreed. "He (Tyler) worked hard every day, and he was ready for this game," said Coleman.
Cortland, who was led by Qwuhail Barlow (21 points) and Jon Prior (10 points), spent the second half in a futile pursuit of the Rams, never getting within single digits, but the closing stretch still provided drama that no J-D fan wanted.
With 4:13 left, Cavanaugh drove to the basket and scored, giving him 25 points for the night. As he did, though, he fell hard to the court, injuring his left hip. Cavanaugh walked off the court under his own power, but did not return.
Later, Cavanaugh said he still felt soreness in the hip, and on Monday he was to go get an X-ray to see the extent of the injury.
The Rams' dreams of that historic fifth consecutive state title might hinge on whether Cavanaugh returns to action, as J-D meets Malone (Section X) Wednesday night at SUNY-Potsdam in the opening game of the state tournament.
To return to another state final four in Glens Falls on March 16-17, the Rams will need to beat Malone and prevail in a regional final Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy against Section II champion Scotia-Glenville.