PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore forward Alex Merhige scored a career-high 16 points but the Knights fell short of host Plattsburgh, 78-64, on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Junior guard Terrance Nichols scored the Knights' first eight points as the team took an 8-4 lead on the hosts, but Plattsburgh gained control with a 12-4 run to take a 16-12 lead with 13:08 to play in the first half.
- The Cardinals extended their lead to 10 points with under four minutes to play in the first, but the Knights chipped away, closing the period with four-straight points to cut the lead to 35-30 at halftime.
- In the second half, the Knights opened on a 14-9 run as first-year guard Michael Gannon drove for a layup to tie the game, 39-39, with 16:36 to play.
- Plattsburgh turned 10 second half offensive rebounds into eight second-chance points to pull away from the Knights, extending its lead to double-digits with 5:25 to play.
- Geneseo cut the advantage to seven points with 3:52 remaining but could draw no closer as the Cardinals closed out the win.
- Nichols finished with 17 points while junior guard Terence Rogers and first-year guard Michael Gannon each scored eight points.
- Geneseo shot 46.7% (28-for-60) from the floor, but were outrebounded by Plattsburgh, 51-34, including 18 offensive rebounds for the Cardinals.
- The Knights finished 3-for-10 from the free throw line, a season-low in both attempts and made free throws.
Geneseo begins a three-game homestand on Tuesday when they host Buffalo State at 7:30 p.m.