GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard Zack Panebianco scored 23 points off the bench, but the Knights fell to State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival Oneonta, 89-77, on Friday night at Schrader Gymnasium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- First-year guard Michael Gannon scored the first five points of the game as the Knights jumped out to an early lead, but Oneonta battled back to take a 13-12 lead with 12:45 to go in the first half.
- Panebianco seven of the Knights' next nine points as they went on a 9-2 run to take a 21-15 advantage, their largest of the game, with 8:45 to play in the period.
- Oneonta closed the half on a 21-14 spurt to take a 36-35 lead into the break.
- The Red Dragons shot 68.0% (17-for-25) from the floor including 8-for-11 from beyond the arc in the second half to extend their lead.
- Junior guard Terrance Nichols sunk a three with 2:14 to go to cut the lead to 10 points, but the Knights would draw no closer.
- Geneseo shot 48.1% (25-for-52) from the floor and went 20-for-23 from the foul line, led by Panebianco who went a perfect 11-for-11 from the stripe.
- Nichols finished with 13 points while sophomore forward Alex Merhige added 12 and posted three blocks. Senior forward Jack Manke scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
- Panebianco has scored 20 or more points in four games this season, including each of his last two.
Geneseo will return to action on Saturday when it hosts SUNYAC foe New Paltz with tip-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m.