GENESEO – Despite holding a two-point halftime lead, the State University of New York at New Paltz men’s basketball team was unable to hang on in the second half against SUNY Geneseo in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Saturday afternoon at Schrader Gymnasium, as the Hawks fell, 79-68, in their 2013-14 season finale.
New Paltz received 20 points from its bench, including 11 from graduate student guard Nick Taldi. Taldi, who scored his 1,000th career point yesterday against The College at Brockport, finishes his career with 1,013 points. The Hawks were exceptional from 3-point range, knocking down 47.8 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. The difference in the game ended up being on the boards, as the Knights finished with a 43-31 edge in rebounds.
The Hawks held the upper hand early on in the game, jumping out to a 12-3 lead after sophomore forward Kevin Roach drilled a three-pointer. Geneseo went on an 8-0 tear to cut the lead to one, and after the two teams traded baskets, a 6-0 Hawk run spurred by two 3-pointers by sophomore guard Zach Cone-Douglas gave New Paltz a 20-13 cushion. Geneseo charged back and ended up taking the lead. The Hawks responded, though, and they entered the locker room with a 32-30 advantage.
After the two squads battled early in the second half, the Knights went on an 11-2 run, but New Paltz countered once again, netting six straight points.
New Paltz was led by Cone-Douglas, who scored a team-high 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor and 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Roach and senior guard Andrew Joseph added 13 and 12, points, respectively, while Taldi provided 11 coming off the bench. Freshman forward Andrew Seniuk had a strong stat line of nine points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes of reserve duty.
Junior guard Andy Drescher and junior forward James McKenna paced Geneseo with 17 and 16 points, respectively, coming off the bench. Senior forward Matt Curry and senior guard Thomas Decker added 13 and 11 points, respectively, while junior forward Gordon Lyons pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.