GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore guard CJ Burke totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, but it was visiting Oswego holding off the Knights for an 80-75 victory in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play at Schrader Gymnasium, Friday night.
Senior guard John Decker led the hosts with 20 points while senior guard Justin Ringen added 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Kevin Crockett scored 13 points and dished out a team-high five assists as the Knights nearly overcame a 15-point second half deficit.
Despite shooting 3-for-16 from behind the arc in the first half, Geneseo (13-11, 8-9 SUNYAC) relied on their guards to attack the basket and get to the foul line. The squad shot 8-for-17 (47.1%) from two-point range and 9-for-11 (81.8%) from the charity stripe in the first half. Crockett and Decker netted eight first-half points each as the hosts trailed 35-34 at the break.
Oswego opened the second half on a 26-12 run, earning its largest lead of the night, 61-46, with 10:26 to play. Geneseo responded by crashing the offensive boards, picking up seven straight second-chance points to cut draw to 61-53 with 8:10 to go.
The Knights continued chipping away until a Burke three-pointer brought the team within five points, 73-68, with 2:16 remaining. After the teams traded baskets, a Crockett three cut the Oswego advantage to 76-73 with 47 seconds left, but it was Oswego hitting four-of-six free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
The Knights will finish the regular season on Saturday, hosting Cortland at 2:00 p.m. The Knights will honor their four members of the Class of 2017 in a brief pre-game ceremony.