GENESEO, N.Y. - Senior guard John Decker tied a career-high with 41 points and added 12 rebounds to lead Geneseo past Buffalo State in a thrilling 92-87 win on Tuesday night at Schrader Gymnasium.
Decker's record-tying offensive output equalled the mark he put up against Morrsiville earlier this season. The 41-point effort ties the program's third-highest single-game point total, three points shy of the program record (44) set by Scott Fitch against Hobart on Jan. 12, 1994
Senior guard Justin Ringen added 23 points, nine rebounds and dished off four assists for the Knights while junior guard Kevin Crockett added 12 points. Sophomore forward Jack Manke played solid interior defense, leading the home team with three blocks and secured five rebounds to go with six points.
The Knights scored a majority of their points from the foul line and beyond the arc, going 22-for-24 (91.7%) from the charity stripe and 10-for-23 (43.5%) from three-point land, totaling 52 points. Geneseo outrebounded the Bengals 42-28 and limited the SUNYAC's top offensive rebounding team to just eight second-chance points.
Decker and Ringen combined for Geneseo's first 15 points of the game as the Knights opened a 15-10 lead over the visitors. The squad led by as many as 11 points in the first half but the Bengals surged back to take the lead at halftime, finishing the period on a 20-6 run to take a 46-42 advantage into the break.
In the second half, hot shooting propelled the Knights back into the lead as the team netted 15-of-30 shots from the floor, including 6-for-11 from behind the arc. At the foul line, Geneseo was nearly perfect in the second half sinking 14-of-15 attempts. The home team grabbed a 60-59 lead on a Decker three-pointer at the 13:14 mark and never looked back en route to the five-point victory.
Geneseo improved to 12-6 on the season with a 7-4 mark in the SUNYAC. The squad will take to the road for five straight contests beginning with a trip to Cortland on Friday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m.