GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard Justin Ringen netted a team-high 20 points while junior guard Kevin Crockett netted the' final seven points as the Knights held on to defeat Cortland, 75-73, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play Saturday afternoon at Schrader Gymnasium.
With the win, Geneseo secured the sixth and final SUNYAC playoff spot, qualifying for the postseason for the sixth-consecutive season.
Crockett finished with 12 points while senior guard John Decker netted 20. Senior guard Jack Eisenberg handed out a team-high six assists while first-year guard Tommy Eastman snagged a squad-best seven rebounds.
The Knights shot 50.0% (27-for-54) from the floor and hit 17 three-pointers, one shy of a season-high. Geneseo committed just nine turnovers and outrebounded Cortland, 31-23.
In the first half, Geneseo shot 15-for 29 (51.7%) from the floor including 10-for-20 (50.0%) from three. Ringen led the Knights' offense with 18 points while senior guard Jonathan Cohen and sophomore guard CJ Burke each drilled two first-half threes, helping the hosts to a 42-36 halftime advantage.
The Red Dragons opened the second half on a 10-3 run to take a 46-45 lead with 14:33 remaining. The two teams battled throughout the next 10 minutes of play with five lead changes and three ties.
Crockett netted a layup with 3:48 remaining to put Geneseo ahead, 70-69. After a defensive stop, Eisenberg found Crockett for an open three to extend the lead to 73-69 with 2:41 to go. Cortland moved to within three points, 73-70, with a foul shot at the 2:24 mark but Crockett answered with a pair of free throws with 1:05 left, giving the Knights a 75-70 lead. The Red Dragons cut the edge to 75-73 with a triple in the final minute and had a shot to win in the last seconds, but the Cortland attempt rimmed out and Eastman secured the rebound as time expired, giving Geneseo the victory.
Prior to the contest, Geneseo honored its four-member Class of 2017. Cohen, Decker, Eisenberg, and Ringen were recognized for their contributions to the program.
The Knights will enter the SUNYAC Tournament as the sixth seed, traveling to third-seeded Oneonta on Tuesday, Feb. 21 for the quarterfinal round matchup at a time to be determined.