SUNYAC MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

 

Junior Jeremy Smith went 12-16 from the field, including a tournament record nine three point field goals made on 12 attempts, and 4-4 from the line for 37 points to lead the #2 seeded Cortland Red Dragons (21-6) to a 68-59 win over the #3 seeded Geneseo Blue Knights (14-13) in the semifinals of the SUNYAC Men's Basketball tournament at Oswego tonight. Junior Brian Manning made 4-10 from the arc on the way to 14 points with six rebounds for Cortland as the Red Dragons were just one of the tournament record with 15 three-point field goals made.

Sophomore Jordan Jones scored eight of his 13 points in the first half, sophomore Matt Curry hit 5-12 from the field and 2-6 from the arc for 12 points and junior Ryan Riefenhauser added 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Geneseo and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

In the first half, Smith hit 7-9 from the floor and 5-7 from long range for 19 points as the Red Dragons took a 33-29 lead at the intermission. Geneseo's largest lead of the game came at 7-2 when senior Mike Hoy hit a three with 16:33 to play. Geneseo took a 25-22 lead with 4:34 remaining in the first half on a long range shot by sophomore Thomas Decker, but consecutive bombs by Smith and a three by Manning gave the Dragons a 31-25 advantage.

In the second stanza, consecutive threes by Smith gave Cortland their largest lead at 44-34 with 15:50 to play, but eight straight points by Curry on a pair of threes and a layup brought Geneseo within two at 12:49 to play. A layup by Geneseo's Connor Fedge cut the deficit to 58-56 with 3:27 to go, but a three by Cortland senior Nick Sutedjo with 2:53 left and Smith's tournament-record setting ninth at the 59 second mark gave the Red Dragons a 64-57 advantage.

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