Late Geneseo Run Downs SUNY Canton
Geneseo, NY – Danny Santana scored a game-high 19 points and Quran DuBois added 18 but a late second half run lifted host SUNY Geneseo past the men’s basketball team, 65-59, in non-conference action on Tuesday evening.
Result: SUNY Geneseo 65, SUNY Canton 59Location: Schrader Gym – Geneseo, NYRecords: SUNY Canton (4-4) | SUNY Geneseo (3-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Roos opened an early 10-3 lead following a beautiful behind-the-back pass from Kahdean Bennett as Andrew Fitch flushed home the dunk. The hosts trimmed the deficit to just one at 29-28 at intermission.Both teams struggled offensively in the open half shooting 35 percent from the field. Geneseo made 13 first-half trips to the foul line compared to just three for the Roos.Quran DuBois led all players with 13 points in the opening 20 minutes, while George Nehma supplied six points off the bench. Joseph Harclerode paced the Knights with seven points.The teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth early in the second half as the Roos held a 51-48 advantage following a pair of Juztin Chambers-Phillips free throws with 8:21 to play.Geneseo ran off 13 straight points over a four-minute span to take a 61-51 lead with 4:08 remaining. Canton trimmed the deficit to three (62-59) with 48 seconds left after a jumper from Joseph Werner.After forcing a defensive turnover on a five second call with tight defense the Roos drew up a three-pointer for Danny Santana in the left corner but his game-tying shot came up just short as the Knights held on for the victory.Santana led the Roos with a game-high 19 points to go with five rebounds hitting 4-for-9 on threes. DuBois tallied 18 points and Joseph Werner added six points and 10 rebounds.Michael Gannon led four Geneseo players in double figures with 18 points and 11 rebounds hitting four of his eight three-point attempts. Alex Merhige (14), Harclerode (11) and Sean Crowley (10) also recorded double figures.
WHAT'S NEXT The Roos open North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Friday when they host Thomas College at 7:30 p.m.