FREDONIA, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior guard Terrance Nichols scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds but the Knights fell in double overtime to State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival Fredonia, 91-84, Tuesday night at Dodds Hall.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Fredonia opened with an early 11-5 advantage, but eight-straight points from first-year guard Michael Gannon spurred a 10-2 run to give the Knights their first lead of the game, 13-11. After a Fredonia three, senior forward Sean Crowley scored six-straight to put the Knights up 21-16 with 9:53 to play in the first half.
- Sophomore forward Alex Merhige sunk a layup with 6:00 to play to give the Knights their largest lead of the first half, 30-24, but the team went into the break ahead just one point, 42-41.
- Fredonia opened with a 16-8 run to take their largest lead of regulation, 57-50, with 14:02 to play, but Geneseo responded with a 10-2 run of their own as Gannon sunk a three to put the Knights ahead, 60-59, with 6:51 to go.
- The Blue Devils led by five with 1:24 to play, but senior guard Zack Panebianco sank a pair of free throws with 1:06 to play to make it a three-point game. After a defensive stop, Nichols drilled a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime.
- In the extra frame, Fredonia led by four in the final minute, but the Knights staved off defeat again as Panebianco went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the last 30 seconds to force another extra period.
- Senior forward Jack Manke gave the Knights an 83-81 lead in the second overtime, but the Blue Devils finished the game on a 10-1 run to earn the win.
- The contest marked Geneseo's first overtime game since the 2016-17 season and their first loss in extra time since Feb. 1, 2014.
- First-year guard Michael Gannon scored a team-high 21 points while Panebianco finished with 14. Manke earned a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds
- Junior guard Terence Rogers finished with a team-high six assists and three steals and Crowley added 10 points as well.
Geneseo (4-7, 0-5) will travel to Oneonta to take on the Red Dragons in another conference tilt on Friday, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.