OSWEGO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo received a 24-point effort from senior guard Justin Ringen but couldn't overcome Oswego on Saturday falling 81-70 to the Lakers on the road.
The Knights trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half but went on a late 19-9 run to cut into the deficit. Geneseo battled through to the end but their rally fell short as Oswego pulled away for the victory.
Ringen shot 7-for-16 from the floor, including three three-pointers and 7-for-8 from the foul line to lead the Knights in scoring. First-year forward Tommy Eastman recorded his second consecutive 10-point outing while junior guard Kevin Crockett scored six points and dished out a team-high five assists.
Geneseo built an early lead behind sharp shooting from Ringen. An Eastman jumper with 8:32 remaining gave the visitors a 22-21 lead but the Lakers responded. The hosts finished the half on a 24-12 run to take a 48-34 lead into the halftime break.
Oswego built up their lead in the second half as the Knights went cold from the floor at the wrong time. Geneseo went 0-for-8 from behind the arc in the second half allowing the home team to built up their lead. SUNY Geneseo changed their game, attacking the paint and getting to the foul line to cut into the lead. The squad went 12-for-13 from the foul line in the period, cutting the lead to 77-70 with 2:23 remaining but couldn't hit their shots down the stretch as Oswego went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final minute to seal the win.
The Knights move to 12-8 on the season and a 7-6 mark in the SUNYAC standings. The squad will continue its five-game road trip with a short commute to Brockport on Friday, Feb. 3.