Sophomore Connor Fedge paced a balanced scoring attack with 11 points on 5-8 shooting to lead the host #3 seeded Geneseo Blue Knights past the #6 Fredonia Blue Devils (13-12) in the quarterfinals of the SUNYAC Tournament, 60-49. Sophomore Thomas Decker hit 2-4 from the arc and 4-4 from the line for 10 points, junior Ryan Riefenhauser collected nine points and eight rebounds, senior Mike Hoy hit both of his shots from downtown on the way to eight points and first year Gordon Lyons netted eight points, including 4-4 from the line in the final 1:36.
Senior Julius Bryant scored 20 points on 7-13 shooting with 11 rebounds to pace Fredonia and senior Leonard Smith added 10 points and seven rebounds. The Blue Devils shot just 35.2% (19-54) from the floor and 3-19 (15.8%) from the arc for the game.
Geneseo raced out to an 18-8 lead on a three-pointer by Decker with 10:29 to play in the first half, but the Blue Devils rallied with eight straight points to cut the lead to 18-16 on a three-pointer by senior Damien Goodwin. Hoy hit a three-pointer with 5:27 to go to give Geneseo a 26-20 lead, but Fredonia scored the final four points of the half to trail, 30-28.
In the second half, sophomore Matt Curry hit an early three for Geneseo to give the Blue Knights a 35-28 lead. Fredonia got a three-point play from Bryant to cut the lead to 37-35 with 14:04 to play, but Geneseo used a 16-7 spurt over the next 11 minutes to take a 53-42 lead on a layup by Fedge with 3:02 left and the game was never closer than nine points the rest of the way as the Blue Knights went 7-8 from the line in the final 1:36.
Geneseo moves to 14-12 on the season and will play #2 Cortland in the semifinals on Friday at 6 p.m. at Oswego.
The visiting Cortland Red Dragons (16-10) hit a SUNYAC Tournament record 14 shots from beyond the arc and held Geneseo to just two points in the overtime session to advance to Friday's semifinals with a 70-64 win. In the overtime, sophomore Lea Sobieraski hit a layup with 3:46 to play to give Geneseo a 64-63 lead, but first year Brittany Rando hit a three-pointer to give Cortland the lead for good at 66-64 with 1:24 to play.
Senior Brittany Cohen made 7-23 from the field, 6-17 from the arc and 5-6 from the line for 25 points with 10 assists to lead Cortland and senior Micki Volpini added 12 points on 5-11 shooting for the Red Dragons. Geneseo junior Melissa Graham scored 18 points with 12 rebounds on 6-18 from the floor, 2-6 from the arc and 4-4 from the line and Sobieraski hit 7-11 from the floor on her way to 15 points and 12 rebounds.
In the first half, Geneseo led by seven at 10-3 when Cortland ran off a 20-6 run to lead by seven at 23-16 with 5:17 to play as Cohen made three long range shots in the stretch. The Blue Knights answered with seven, points to tie the game, but senior Ally Biordi hit a three in the final minute to give the Red Dragons a 28-25 lead at intermission.
In the second half, Graham's two free throws gave Geneseo a 40-33 advantage with 13:18 to play, but Cortland answered with six three-pointers, four by Cohen, over the next seven minutes to take a 55-48 lead with 5:45 to play. Geneseo chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 57 on a three-pointer with 1:41 to play by first year Shannon McGinnis, who finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Graham gave the Blue Knights a 60-57 lead with a shot from downtown at the 1:58 mark and senior Bri Dunton's two free throws gave Geneseo a 62-58 advantage with 21 seconds left. After a Cortland basket with 10 seconds left by Volpini, Geneseo failed to get the ball inbounds and the Dragons retained possession. Cohen was fouled going to the basket and made both free throws with three seconds left to send the game to overtime.
Cortland shot 35.8% (24-67) for the game and set tournament records with 14 three-point field goals made and 40 three-point field goals attempted for a 35.0%, while hitting 8-10 from the free throw line. Geneseo hit 31.8% (21-66) from the field and 5-25 (20.0%) from the arc, while controlling the glass, 49-40 and making 17 of 22 foul shots. The Blue Knights end their season with a record of 16-10.