GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior guard Zack Panebianco scored a career-high 34 points as the Knights overcame a 21-point second half deficit to take a lead late in the game, but State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) foe Plattsburgh pulled away for a 92-83 victory, Saturday at Schrader Gym.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Plattsburgh (4-4, 2-2) led the entire first half, but Geneseo (4-5, 2-2) followed sophomore forward Tommy Eastman, who netted 14 first-half points, into the break trailing, 50-36.
- With 14:32 remaining in the game, Plattsburgh grew its lead to 21 points, going ahead 59-38 with a 9-2 run to open the half.
With 8 minutes left in the second half Panebianco scored 19 of the next 21 for the Knights' points to cut the Cardinals deficit single digits (70-61) for the first time since the 9 minute mark in the first half
- The Knights cut the lead to single-digits with 8:12 to go as Panebianco keyed a 23-11 run with 17 points during the stretch, making it 70-61.
Senior guard Kevin Crockett scored a layup off an out-of-bounds play to put the Knights to within one point, 74-73, with 4:51 to play. After a missed free-throw on the other end, Panebianco scored with 4:21 left to give Geneseo their first lead of the game, 75-74.
The Cardinals regained the lead with 3:19 remaining and never surrendered it again, finishing the contest on an 18-8 run to close out the Knights' comeback bid.
Eastman recorded a career-high 23 points and snagged 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double and added two steal and two blocks.
Sophomore forward Sean Crowley scored a career-high 12 points off the bench.
The Knights finished the game 25-29 (86.2%) from the free throw line, their best mark of the season (min. 15 attempts).
Geneseo will return after the holiday break to host Houghton on Saturday, Dec. 30, with game time scheduled for 2:00 p.m.