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Geneseo outlasts Blue Devils basketball

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The Fredonia State men’s basketball team played host to Geneseo in a Tuesday evening conference matchup, dropping a 58-48 contest. The Knights never led by more than 10 in the second half, and the Devils held a brief lead, but were unable to overcome the visitors.

Moussa Samassa recorded a double-double — his third in four games — with 13 points and 13 boards. Dydy Bryan had 11 points and six assists.

The Knights jumped out to an early 15-4 lead, due in part to their effectiveness behind the arc. Geneseo’s Michael Gannon, Alex Merhige, and Aaron Davis each made a three in the opening run.

By halftime, Geneseo led 31-22. Chad Biersbach led Fredonia State with seven first-half points.

Opening the second half, Fredonia got off to a 12-1 run, taking its first-and-only lead of the game, 34-32. Dydy Bryan had two hard drives to the hole to cap the Devils rally.

Geneseo came back with a 10-0 run, taking a 42-34 lead.

The Devils came close one more time. A Tyler Roberts four-point play cut the Knights lead to three, 44-41.

The momentum shift did not prove great enough as Geneseo then responded with five unanswered points down the stretch to hang onto the lead.

Geneseo (6-10 / 3-6 SUNYAC) was led by Gannon with 14 points, while Merhige and Davis had 10 apiece.

The Blue Devils (7-9 / 3-6 SUNYAC) are back in action this weekend versus Cortland and Oswego. The men tip off versus Cortland Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday vs. Oswego.

WOMEN: Geneseo 53, Fredonia 37

The Fredonia State women’s basketball team dropped a conference matchup to Geneseo by a score of 53-37 on Tuesday evening.

Fredonia State’s Heaven Rollek contributed nine points — all in the second half — including a pair of three pointers. Morgan Davis led the Devils with seven rebounds. Anna Chiacchia and Morgan Davis added six points apiece.

Fredonia State opened the game with a 6-2 lead before Geneseo bounced back with an 8-0 run to end the quarter, taking a 10-6 lead.

The Knights kept the pressure on, outscoring the Devils 13-3 in the second to extend the lead to 23-9. Fredonia went 1-11 from the field over that span. Geneseo ended the half on a 21-3 run.

The Knights held control of the glass in the first half, pulling down 28 boards compared to Fredonia State’s 17. For the game, the Knights held a 43-34 edge on the boards.

Fredonia State improved its shooting in the second half, but so did Geneseo. The Knights outscored the Devils 30-28 in the second.

Geneseo (13-3 / 6-3 SUNYAC) had 11-point performances from Sara Ciotti and Hannah Stockman. Ciotti added eight rebounds.

The Devils fall to 6-10 overall and 2-7 in the SUNYAC. They will be home Friday and Saturday for conference doubleheaders vs. Cortland and Oswego. In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the men will play first and the women will play the nightcap both evenings.

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