Men's Basketball Drops Conference Opener to Cortland, 75-66

GENESEO, N.Y. – Junior forward Joseph Harclerode finished with 14 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, but it was visiting Cortland who prevailed, 75-66, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) action at Schrader Gymnasium, Friday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Red Dragons jumped out to a 10-2 advantage three minutes into the contest. Junior forward Alex Merhige made a layup at the 14:53 mark to cut Geneseo's deficit to 15-7.
  • The Knights began a 10-2 scoring run with 8:04 remaining in the half, but still trailed, 25-21, with 2:08 remaining. Harclerode finished a layup with two seconds left, cutting the deficit to five points, 30-25, going into the break.
  • Geneseo opened up the second half with a 20-7 run, capped by a three-pointer from sophomore forward Michael Gannon. The tally gave the Knights a 45-37 lead at the 14:28 mark, their largest lead of the game.
  • Despite seven points and two rebounds in the final 11:38 of the contest from sophomore guard Elijah Wingfield, Cortland regained its advantage with 3:20 remaining and never relinquished the lead.  

GAME NOTES

  • Wingfield and Gannon joined Harclerode in finishing with 14 points, all tied for the team-high.
  • First-year guard Harrison Dignan recorded a team-high five assists, tying his career-high.
  • Wingfield had a 6-8 shooting performance from the free throw line, as well as contributing three steals on the defensive end.
  • Geneseo outscored the Red Dragons in the paint, 36-24. 

WHAT'S NEXT?

The Knights are back in action tomorrow, hosting conference rivals Oswego at 4 PM in Schrader Gymnasium.