Geneseo beats Potsdam in hot-shooting affair
The shots kept falling in the men's basketball matchup between SUNYAC foes Potsdam and Geneseo.
But a three-minute stretch about midway through the first half proved to be the difference as the Knights went on a crucial 16-0 run that gave Geneseo enough cushion to hold on for an 86-74 conference victory over Potsdam on Saturday evening at Clarkson University.
The game had to be moved to Clarkson's Alumni Gymnasium after a leaky roof in Jerry Welsh Gymnasium prompted a change of scenery and an hour and 15 minute delay.
The Knights (7-2 overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) shot a blistering 60 percent from the field and 90 percent from the charity stripe for the game as it took a 50-31 lead into halftime.
James McKenna had a game-high 23 points and Connor Fedge scored 20 for the Knights.
The Bears (2-9 overall, 0-4 SUNYAC) were not far behind as it shot 50 percent from the floor including 10-of-19 from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the line. Potsdam rallied back to outscore the Knights 43-36 in the second half.
Senior Colin Peterson (Hilton, N.Y. / Hilton) scored a season-high 17 points in 17 minutes. The forward got hot from downtown, making 5-of-8 from long range. The point total was 12.3 points above his scoring average entering play. Peterson also had two steals and a blocked shot.
Senior captain Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y. / Peru) notched his fourth double-double of the season and first since Nov. 23 against Clarkson with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Junior guard/forward Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y. / Potsdam) had nine points and a season-high six assists. Guard Joe Estramonte scored 12 points, nailing a couple of 3-pointers and dished out four assists.
Senior forward Brandon Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Boys & Girls) had a season-high three steals with six points and three assists.
Potsdam will next take to the road to take on Oneonta State Friday at 8 p.m.
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