GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior forward McKenna Brooks scored a career-high 26 points and pulled 11 rebounds as the Knights held off visiting Plattsburgh, 82-65, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Schrader Gymnasium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior guard Kelsey Poplawski led the Knights with five first-quarter points. Sophomore guard Lindsay Halpin connected on a three-pointer with seconds remaining in the frame to give the Knights a 16-12 lead after the frame.
- The Knights outscored Plattsburgh 22-9 in the second quarter behind a 9-0 run capped by a Brooks three-point play with 2:34 remaining in the half that extended their lead to 34-17. Geneseo went into the halftime break with a 38-21 advantage.
- Plattsburgh outscored Geneseo, 27-18, in the third quarter, despite the Knights shooting 7-for-13 (53.8%) from the field in the frame. The Cardinals cut the deficit down to just eight points with 47 seconds remaining in the quarter as Geneseo entered the final frame leading, 56-48.
- In the fourth quarter, the Knights opened the frame with a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach. Geneseo combined to go 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
- Geneseo (10-0, 4-0 SUNYAC) made a season-high 22 foul shots on 25 attempts, shooting a campaign-best 88.0% from the line.
- Brooks finished 14-for-14 from the free throw line, tying a Geneseo program record for most made free throws without a miss (Annie Verdino, 2006).
- Senior guard Kelsey Poplawski scored 16 while sophomore guards Lindsay Halpin and Natalie Alfieri finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Knights will play again after the holiday break, returning to action on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Fredonia for a 5:30 p.m. game.