GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior forward Jack Manke finished with 12 points and nine rebounds but the Knights fell short in their upset bid, dropping Saturday's State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) contest to visiting No. 10 Plattsburgh, 65-57.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo battled back and forth with the 10th-ranked Cardinals in the first half, with five ties and four lead chances in the first half. Manke hit a jumper off an assist from junior guard Terrance Nichols with 1:58 left to give Geneseo a 23-20 lead, but the Cardinals finished the frame with a 5-0 run to take a 25-23 edge into the halftime break.
- In the second half, the Knights regained the lead on five-straight points by first-year guard Michael Gannon, but Plattsburgh surged back in front, taking a 36-34 advantage with 13:16 to play.
- Senior guard Zack Panebianco tied the game with a steal and a fast-break bucket with 12:30 to go, but the Cardinals held the Knights scoreless for the next 6:05, pulling away with a 14-0 run.
- Geneseo cut the lead to seven points on a three-pointer by junior guard Terence Rogers with 11 seconds to go, but could not erase the deficit as their upset bid fell short.
- Nichols finished with a team-high 14 points while Rogers scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed off six assists.
- Geneseo held Plattsburgh to their lowest offensive output of the season, more than 20 points below their season scoring average.
- The Knights assisted on 14 of the their 19 made field goals, the highest assist percentage (73.6%) on the season.
Geneseo (4-5, 1-3 SUNYAC) will return after the holiday break, traveling to Morrisville on Saturday, Jan. 5 for a 3:00 p.m. tip.