ROCHESTER, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard John Decker scored 38 points, including a single-game record-tying 9-of-15 three-pointers, but it was host No. 11 Rochester holding off the Knights in an 82-80 shootout, Tuesday.
Geneseo connected on 18-of-41 three-pointers (43.9%) while Rochester (9-0) hit 12-of-28 attempts from long range on the evening. Decker's performance from beyond the arc equaled the nine three-pointers hit by Steve McDonnell opposite Fredonia in 2006.
"That was a very fun game to be a part of. It was two good teams that played really hard," said Geneseo head coach Steve Minton. "A shot at the buzzer to end it and it could have gone either way. Decker is playing well but we do need others to score more consistently."
A pair of Decker free throws gave the Knights and early 7-5 lead at the 17:00 mark, but an 11-2 Rochester run put the hosts up, 16-9, with 13:11 remaining in the first half. The Yellowjackets led by as many as 11 points on three occasions during the half, including, 44-33, with 3:07 on the clock. However, the Knights used a 14-2 run that included three long-range strikes by Decker to take a 47-46 lead at intermission. Geneseo connected on 11-of-21 three-point attempts, while Rochester hit 9-of-16 attempts from long range in the first half.
A Crockett three-pointer extended the Knights to their largest lead, 58-49, with 16:38 on the second-half clock, but Rochester came back with a 13-3 spurt to re-take a 62-61 edge at 12:57. Rochester gained a 71-66 advantage with 8:57 left to play, but a 9-4 run bookended by Decker three-pointers tied the score, 75-75, with 5:05 remaining.
A three-pointer by senior guard Jonathan Cohen followed by a jumper from junior guard Kevin Crockett put Geneseo up, 80-78, with 1:43 on the clock. Rochester tied the game with a pair of free-throws at the 1:29 mark before turning a Knights' turnover to take an 82-80 lead with 48 seconds remaining. Both teams turned the ball over twice in the final minute, before a Geneseo three-pointer attempt at the buzzer rimmed out to close the contest.
Geneseo (4-3) scored 21 points off 18 Yellowjacket turnovers, but the host squad out-scored the Knights, 36-10 in the paint while finishing with a 37-27 advantage on the boards.
Geneseo returns to action this Friday, traveling to SUNYAC-rival Plattsburgh for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.