Men's Basketball Drops Overtime Thriller at New Paltz, 76-73

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo first-year guard Michael Gannon scored a team-high 23 points and pulled 10 rebounds but the Knights fell in overtime, 76-73, to host New Paltz on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Geneseo began the game shooting 6-for-8 from the floor to take a 15-11 lead and led by as many as six points when Gannon converted a layup to make it 19-13 with 11:30 to play in the first half.
  • New Paltz used an 11-0 run to outscore the Knights, 20-3, over the rest of the half and take a 33-22 lead into the halftime break.
  • In the second half, Geneseo cut the lead to four points, 39-35, with 16:42 to play but the Hawks worked the lead back to 13 points, taking a 52-39 advantage with 10:47 to play.
  • Geneseo stormed back into the game with a 23-13 run, cutting the lead to three points. Then with under a minute to go, Gannon drilled a game-tying three-pointer, making the score 65-65 with 55 seconds to go. The Knights had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but couldn't convert at the buzzer and instead went to overtime.
  • In the extra period, New Paltz led by as many as four points, but the Knights cut into the lead when junior guard Terrance Nichols sunk a three in the final minute, making it 72-71. The Hawks went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final minute as the Knights tried to level the score. Nichols attempted a game-tying three as time expired, but came up short as the Knights fell in overtime.

QUICK FACTS 

  • Gannon recorded his first-career double-double while senior forward Jack Manke scored 11 points and sophomore forward Joseph Harclerode III grabbed a team-high 11 boards. Junior guard Terence Rogers scored seven points, dished seven assists and grabbed six rebounds as well.
  • The Knights shot 27-for-66 (40.9%) from the floor, including 8-for-20 (40.0%) from beyond the arc, but went 11-for-20 (55%) from the foul line. 
  • Geneseo won the rebounding battle, 48-44, and turned the ball over just 11 times, tying the team's second-lowest total this season.

WHAT'S NEXT? 

The Knights will return home to face No. 6 Hamilton on Wednesday, January 16 with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.