OSWEGO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard Zack Panebianco scored a game-high 31 points but it wasn't enough for the Knights as they fell to Oswego, 68-58, in both teams' State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opener on Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo spotted Oswego an 11-0 lead before first-year guard Michael Gannon scored the Knights first basket, 4:49 into the contest.
- The Lakers extended their lead to 18-2 before Panebianco scored seven straight Geneseo points to begin a 12-5 run for the Knights, cutting the lead to single digits, but Oswego went into the locker room leading, 37-23, at halftime.
- In the second half, the Knights trailed by as many as 17 points, but cut the lead to six points on a Panebianco three with 40 seconds to go, but it was as close as the Knights would draw to the hosts.
- Panebianco topped the 30-point plateau for the first time this season, three points shy of his career-high (34, vs. Plattsburgh, Dec. 9, 2017).
- Junior guard Terrance Nichols scored 17 points, the only other Knight in double-figures.
- Sophomore forward Alex Merhige recorded a team-high eight rebounds and three blocks while Nichols and junior guard Terence Rogers each had three assists.
- Geneseo held Oswego to 22-for-66 (33.3%) from the floor, the fourth time this season the Knights have held their opponent below 35.0% shooting from the floor.
Geneseo will look to get its first conference win of the season on Saturday when they travel to visit Cortland for a 4:00 p.m. tip.