Men's Basketball Outlasts Fredonia In Overtime, 93-83

FREDONIA, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard John Decker scored a game-high 25 points while senior guard Justin Ringen added 22 points to lead the Knights to a 93-83 overtime victory, Tuesday, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play.

Junior guard Kevin Crockett scored all of his 11 points in overtime, including nine unanswered to start the extra period.

A back-and-forth first half saw the Knights break away with a 10-2 run that yielded a 34-23 lead with 3:14 on the clock. Fredonia scored six-straight points to pull back within five with just over a minute to play, but it was Geneseo carrying a 36-29 edge into halftime as Ringen led all scorers with 12 points. 

Sophomore forward Jack Manke hit the Knights' first two hoops of the second half as the visitors took a 40-31 lead with 17:30 on the clock. However, it was Fredonia shooting better than 55-percent for the second half while holding the Knights to 33-percent to stay in the game. 

The Blue Devils pulled within a point on three occasions throughout the half before a three-pointer by Richard De La Cruz gave the home team a 58-56 edge with 4:26 left in regulation for its first lead since the midway point of the first half. 

Trailing, 60-57, with under 2:30 to play, Geneseo put together a 9-2 spurt to take a 66-62 lead. Ringen started things with a leaning lay-up at 2:10 before Eastman caused a Fredonia turnover that led to Decker converting a pair of free throws after getting fouled on a drive to the hoop for a 61-60 lead with 1:53 remaining. Fredonia re-took a brief one-point lead, but a Decker three-pointer at 1:25 followed by a Ringen steal set up a Decker lay-up for the four-point edge with 44 seconds left in regulation. 

Fredonia responded with a long three-pointer by Brandon Hodge from the right wing with 26 seconds on the clock to make it a one-point game. Decker was fouled on the ensuing possession, but could only convert the back-end of the trip to the line with 19 seconds left. A clutch drive from the right corner by Kareem Brown yielded the game-tying lay-up with under seven seconds left in regulation. A Decker three-point attempt at the buzzer rang off the rim as the teams headed to overtime.   

Crockett, who entered overtime having missed his only two field goal attempts during regulation, knocked down back-to-back three-point attempts before completing an old-fashioned three-point play after getting fouled on a tough right-handed lay-up that gave the Knights a 76-67 lead with 1:36 remaining. 

Geneseo converted 17 of 18 free-throw attempts in the final minute of the extra period, including eight by senior guard Jack Eisenberg, as the Knights held on for their sixth-consecutive victory. The Knights benefited from 16 points on the night off 14 Blue Devil turnovers.  

Geneseo returns to action on Friday with a 5:30 p.m. matchup at Buffalo State before returning home to host Fredonia on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.