Two Knights Earn All-SUNYAC Recognition In Men's Basketball

GENESEO, N.Y. – Two members of the Geneseo men’s basketball team (17-10) have been named to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) all-star team. Sophomore forward Gordon Lyons (Buffalo/Canisius) was a second-team selection and senior forward Ryan Riefenhauser (Dobbs Ferry/Dobbs Ferry) was a third-team pick.

Lyons was Geneseo’s leading scorer (14.1 ppg) and rebounder (8.7 rpg). He collected 43 assists and 23 steals while shooting a team-high 61.3 percent from the floor.

Gordon really turned it up the second half of the season,” praised Geneseo coach Steve Minton. “He was outstanding throughout the year but was especially good as we came down the stretch run of the SUNYACs.  The coaching staff challenged him numerous times to do more and to step up his game.  We raised the bar often for Gordon and each time we did, he responded with even greater effort.”

He recorded 10 double-doubles on the season and was an all-tournament selection at both the Wendy’s College Classic and the SUNYAC Championship Tournament. Lyons ranked second in the SUNYAC in both rebounding and field-goal percentage and was the conference’s 12th-leading scorer.

Riefenhauser was the only Knight to start every game this winter. He averaged 9.1 points (third on the team) and 6.5 rebounds per game (second). He was the team leader with both 90 assists and 39 steals. Riefenhauser shot 59.8 percent from the floor. A three-year starter (he transferred to Geneseo for his sophomore season), he finished his career with 786 points, 542 rebounds and 225 assists in 79 games while shooting 54.6 percent from the floor.

Ryan has had an outstanding career; in only three years he finished 15th all-time in rebounding and sixth in field-goal percentage,” said Minton. “He is a high energy player that leads by example. As a junior he led the team in scoring and rebounding and this season he led the team in assists. He recognized the scoring abilities of Connor Fedge and Gordon Lyons and made sure they got more touches within our offense.”

He ranked among the SUNYAC leaders in assists (sixth), assist-to-turnover ratio (sixth), rebounding (eighth) and steals (16th).

The Knights finished the season 17-10, including a 12-6 record in the SUNYAC (good for third place in the regular-season standings). Geneseo beat New Paltz 98-80 in the quarterfinals of the SUNYAC playoffs before being eliminated by Plattsburgh in the tournament semifinals.