Men’s basketball bested by Geneseo, 92-87


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The Bengals nearly blew a 21 point lead in the second half, but pulled it out to defeat Cortland.

Jahvon Graham, Staff Writer

Looking to push their two-game win streak to three, Buffalo State men’s basketball faltered in the second half against Geneseo on Tuesday night. After taking a 4-point lead 52 seconds into the game, the Bengals managed to keep that lead into halftime, going into the break up 46-42.

Geneseo came out in the second half ready to play, quickly erasing that 4-point deficit and building a 12-point lead of their own with 8 minutes left in the ballgame. In what was an uphill climb from there, the Bengals managed to trim the lead to five, but ultimately lost, 92-87.

The three-point line gave the Bengals trouble as they shot only 1-10 from beyond the arc in the second half and 32 percent for the game. Technical fouls were given to Mike Henry and Lovell Smith, which cost their team a point each.

Smith’s frustration might have been due to his lack of efficiency; he shot 5-13 from the field and scored just 12 points — well off his average of 22 per game. Henry, on the other hand, shot 8-12 from the field and scored 17 points. The team’s leading scorer was Nico McLean with 24 points and seven assists. Dom Grayer came in off the bench and provided an instant offensive boost, scoring 20 points on 6-15 shooting.

The loss to Geneseo drops the Bengals to 6-6 in SUNYAC games while their overall record sits at 12-6. Their next game will be Saturday at Fredonia as they look to get back in the win column.

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