GENESEO, N.Y. – The Geneseo men’s basketball team (7-3) won
its fifth straight game, outlasting the visiting Medaille Mavericks (5-6)
The Knights held a seven-point lead – their biggest of the game – with 3:22 remaining before Medaille rallied to pull to within 60-59 with 59 seconds left. The Mavericks, who attempted just one free throw in the game’s first 56:44, made eight in a row down the stretch before deliberately missing their final attempt with just over a second left.
After Medaille’s 8-1 run that cut Geneseo’s lead to one point with 19 seconds to go, the Knights broke the Maverick press and sophomore forward Gordon Lyons (Amherst/Canisius) converted a lay-up with five seconds remaining. The Mavericks went to the free-throw line and made their first shot before deliberately missing in an attempt to regain possession, but Geneseo controlled the rebound and senior guard Marcus Hoy (Batavia/Batavia) hit two free throws to provide the final margin.
Lyons led Geneseo with 16 points and nine rebounds. He added four steals and three assists, matching career highs in both categories. Junior guard Connor Fedge (Bellport/Bellport) added 15 points and senior forward Ryan Riefenhauser (Dobbs Ferry/Dobbs Ferry) scored 10. Riefenhauser led the Knights with five assists and pulled down six rebounds.
The Knights shot 54.2 percent from the floor, marking the fifth time in 10 games they’ve made at least 53 percent of their field goal attempts, and allowed a season-low 16 rebounds in outrebounding the Mavericks 35-16. Their rebound margin of +19 was their second-highest of the season.
Geneeo returns to action Tuesday with a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game at Brockport. The Knights are the only team unbeaten in SUNYAC play, topping the standings with a 3-0 mark.