ONEONTA, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior forward McKenna Brooks recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, while first-year guard Lindsay Halpin added 14 points as the Knights survived a late rally to edge host Oneonta, 56-52, in both teams' State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opener on Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the first quarter, the Knights and Red Dragons played evenly until the final minute of play when Halpin converted a layup and a three on consecutive posessions to give Geneseo a 19-14 lead at the end of the period.
Geneseo extended their lead to double-digits in the second quarter, outscoring Oneonta, 16-10. First-year guard Natalie Alfieri, sophomore guard Madison McCulley and junior guard Kelsey Poplawski each drained threes as the Knights took a 35-23 lead into the break.
Oneonta scored the first four point of the second half, but an 8-2 Geneseo run gave the Knights their largest lead of the game, 43-30, with 1:43 to play in the third. The Red Dragons responded with seven straight points to close the gap to 43-37 before the end of the quarter.
In the fourth, Geneseo took a 10-point lead when Poplawski hit a pair of foul shots, but the hosts cut the lead to just three points with 2:31 to go.
In the final minute, junior forward Alyssa Lesakowski hit a layup while Alfieri and Halpin combined to hit 3-of-4 free throws as the Knights held on for the win.
Geneseo never trailed in the game, and was only tied once, 0-0, for six seconds, before Lesakowski opened the game's scoring with a layup. The Knights have trailed for just 1:50 in the past three games combined.
The Knights have won 23-straight regular season conference games, dating back to the 2015-16 season.
Brooks' recorded her second-consecutive double-double against Oneonta, going for 15 points in 10 rebounds in the two teams' last meeting (Feb. 10, 2017).
All nine players to be featured in the game by the Knights recorded at least two points, with all but one recording at least one made field goal.
Geneseo will return to action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to New Paltz to take on the Hawks in another conference battle.