Panebianco Paces Men's Basketball to Victory Over Cortland, 64-49

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard Zack Panebianco scored 29 points to spur the offense as the Knights held Cortland to a season-low scoring output to defeat the Red Dragons, 64-49, on Friday night at Schrader Gymnasium. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Geneseo fell behind early but took a 7-5 lead when junior guard Terence Rogers hit a three-pointer just under five minutes into the game.
  • The Red Dragons regained the lead, 15-14, with 11:30 to play in the half, but Panebianco responded with five-straight points to begin a 23-3 run. The Knights held Cortland scoreless for a 7:22 span as they gained a 37-18 lead and went into halftime with a 39-20 advantage.
  • In the second half, Cortland cut the lead to 13 points on multiple occasions but never drew closer as the Red Dragons were held under 50 points for the first time since the 2014-15 season. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Rogers finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while sophomore forward Alex Merhige finished with a team-high nine rebounds and three steals. 
  • Geneseo shot 23-for-49 (46.9%) from the floor including 7-for-16 from beyond the arc while Cortland shot just 18-for-59 (30.5%) and went 9-for-35 from three. 
  • The Knights held the Red Dragons to just 49 points, tying Cortland's second-lowest scoring output in 63 meetings with Geneseo. The Knights defeated the Red Dragons, 57-49, in the 1997-98 season and downed their conference foe, 46-44, on Jan. 8, 2000.

WHAT'S NEXT? 

The Knights will host Oswego in their regular season finale on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The team will celebrate Senior Day, honoring seniors Sean Avery, Jack Manke and Zack Panebianco in a pre-game ceremony.