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Blue Devils win first game of year in OT

Fredonia posted its first win of the season, turning aside Geneseo 91-84 in double overtime, in SUNYAC men’s basketball Tuesday night at Dods Hall.

Junior guard De’Quan Smith had a career-high 39 points on 15 of 25 shooting, including 6 of 12 from beyond the arc, as the Blue Devils moved to 1-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Geneseo fell to 4-7 and 1-4.

Smith’s three-point play with 2:06 left in the second overtime gave Fredonia the lead for keeps, 86-83. A running bank shot by sophomore guard Mark Morgan upped the margin to five points before junior guard Bediako Nyasa made three free throws down the stretch.

Nyasa finished with 16 points, Morgan with 10 points and seven rebounds, and senior guard Isaiah Ice with 10 points and six assists. In addition to his 39 points, which bettered his 21 points vs. Anna Maria on Dec. 30, Smith was credited with five steals, plus there assists.

Junior guard Colden George hit a pair of important three-point shots — the first to give his team a 61-58 lead in the second half, and the second to make it 79-75 Fredonia during the first overtime — and grabbed six rebounds, two coming at key moments late in the game.

Senior forward Cody Johnson did not score but contributed three blocked shots and five rebounds.

In addition, sophomore forward Messiah Hill had seven rebounds.

The Blue Devils led by five points late in regulation and by four in the final minute of the first overtime, only to have the Knights rally to tie. Key contributors for Geneseo were Michael Gammon with 21 points; Terrance Nichols with 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists; Zack Panebiano with 14 points, including 9 of 10 from the foul line; and Jack Mamnke and Sean Crowley with 10 points each.

Fredonia takes to the road for its next two SUNYAC games, Friday night at Potsdam and Saturday afternoon at Plattsburgh.

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