GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard John Decker scored a game-high 20 points, but it was visiting Fredonia escaping with a 68-62 victory in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's basketball play, Saturday.
Geneseo (10-5, 5-3 SUNYAC) led by as many as 11 on two occasions in the first half, building a 20-9 lead on a Decker three-pointer with 9:57 on the clock. A three-pointer by senior guard Justin Ringen yielded a 30-19 Knights' lead with 5:16 remaining, but it was Fredonia (7-9, 4-5 SUNYAC) finishing the half with an 11-2 run that made it a two-point deficit, 32-30, at intermission.
The Knights looked to break away in the second half, building their lead back up to eight, 44-36, on a three-pointer by sophomore guard CJ Burke at 14:24, but could not put the Blue Devils away for good.
Geneseo led, 53-48, at the 5:18 mark, but Fredonia battled back to take its first lead of the game, 61-60, with 1:29 left in regulation on a three-point play by senior guard Richard De La Cruz. Following a Knights' turnover, another Fredonia three-point play by junior guard Nicc Johnson extended the visitors' lead to four at 1:06 as the Knights could not recover in the final minute.
Geneseo entered the game converting a SUNYAC-best 46.8 field goal percentage, but was held to a season-low 31.7-percent afternoon from the floor. The squad was also held to season-lows in free-throws made (8) and free-throw attempts (11).
Ringen chipped in 12 points while Burke tied a career-high with 11 points in the loss.
The Knights look to get back on track next Friday and Saturday, hosting Potsdam (5:30 PM) and Plattsburgh (2:00 PM), respectively.