GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam men's basketball team (4-8, 1-5 SUNYAC) fell to SUNY Geneseo (9-4, 5-1 SUNYAC) late Saturday afternoon, 78-58. Senior forward Curtis Pierce led the Bears with 15 points and six rebounds.
Potsdam shot out to a quick 7-2 lead behind a Pierce three pointer and back-to-back baskets by junior forward Rob Duquette. Geneseo immediately responded when sophomore forward Gordon Lyons converted an old fashion three point play at the 13:30 mark. The Knights rode the momentum and went on an 11-0 run. Pierce was able to stop the bleeding with 10:27 remaining on a slash to the basket for a layup. Back-to-back three pointers by Geneseo would increase the deficit to 15 points at the 9:08 mark. A layup by Duquette would cut the lead to nine with 5:40 remaining in the half. However, the Knights remained hot as four more three-point baskets would increase the gap to 43-25 at the break.
Geneseo continued to shoot red hot in the second half. The Knights used a 12-0 run in the first five minutes of the game to increase their lead to 28 points. Senior guard Josh Lambert halted the Geneseo charge on a drive to the basket with 14:48 remaining. The Bears played an even second half against the Knights but could not overcome the deficit. Geneseo used their comfortable lead to cruise to a 78-58 victory over the Bears. The Knights closed out the game shooting 56% from the floor and 59% from beyond the arc.
Potsdam shot 38% from the floor and 24% from the three-point line. Duquette finished with eight points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Mark Lake, Jr. added seven points, respectively.
Junior forward Jordan Jones led the Knights with 15 points. Junior guard Connor Fedge tallied 13 points. Junior forward Matt Curry totaled 13 points and seven rebounds.
“We were a little sluggish on the defensive side of the floor and we just did not play to level we are capable of tonight,” said Head Coach Sherry Dobbs. They really executed well on offense. We lost our focus when we didn't see baskets fall for us on the offensive end and that snowball from there. Curtis had a good game for us and we had several good minutes off our bench from Tariq McIntyre. We are going to fix some things on Monday and get back after it with four straight home games.”
The Bears are back in action on Jan. 15 when they return home to take on Utica College at 7 p.m.