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Men's Basketball Takes Down New Paltz, 82-57

First-year guard Tommy Eastman
First-year guard Tommy Eastman

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. - Four players finished with double-digit scoring outputs for SUNY Geneseo led by senior guard Justin Ringen's 23 points on the way to an 82-57 victory over State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) foe SUNY New Paltz on Saturday afternoon at the Hawk Center.

Ringen's 23 was accompanied by first-year guard Tommy Eastman with 14 points, senior guard John Decker with 13 points and junior guard Kevin Crockett with 11 points. Senior point guard Jack Eisenberg finished with a team-high six assists while sophomore guard CJ Burke grabbed a team-best nine rebounds.

Geneseo (13-10, 8-8 SUNYAC) shot 50.0% from the floor on the day going 33-for-66. The squad also drained 14 three-pointers, with Ringen, Decker and Crockett each tallying three. The Knights never trailed throughout the entire contest, and after the first basket of the game were tied just once at 5-5.

Eastman netted the team's first 11 points, giving Geneseo an 11-5 lead in the first five minutes of play. The Honeoye Falls native passed the scoring baton to Ringen, who scored eight straight to lead the Knights on a 19-6 run to give them a 34-16 lead. The game was nearly blown open but a brief shooting drought at the end of the first half kept New Paltz within striking distance as Geneseo led at the break 37-24.

In the second half, a spurt by the Hawks cut the Knights' lead to just 10 points with 12:42 remaining but that was as close as the home team would draw. Geneseo finished the game on a 30-15 run, drilling six threes in the final 12 minutes to seal the victory.

The Knights will return home for the final weekend of the regular season, taking on Oswego on Friday, February 17 with tip scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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